The Secret Gili’s: paradijsje van lombok
Discover a true tropical paradise in Lombok: The Secret Gili’s. While the names Gili Air, Trawangan, and Meno may spring to mind when you think of the “Gili” islands, Lombok offers many more hidden gems to explore. In the local Sasak language of Lombok, “Gili” translates to “small island.” Surrounding Lombok, you’ll find numerous Gili’s, including the enchanting Secret Gili’s. Situated in the southwest of Lombok, these islands, while no longer a top-secret, remain relatively undiscovered and exceptionally beautiful!
Why You Should Book a Tour to The Secret Gili’s ASAP
The Secret Gili’s remain hidden gems, distinctly different from the popular Gili islands. While some boats may take you there, you’ll be sharing these islands with just a handful of lucky travelers. The allure extends beyond the shoreline; the snorkeling here is simply breathtaking. Short distances mean less time on the boat and more time on the beach or in the water. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?
Booking Your Tour to The Secret Gili’s
Arranging a tour to The Secret Gili’s is a breeze, especially if you’re in Kuta Lombok or Senggigi. You can easily book a day trip to The Secret Gili’s at numerous street stalls. Many accommodations also offer tours to The Secret Gili’s, and if they don’t, they usually know where to direct you.
The Secret Gili’s on a Budget
But it can get even cheaper! You can ride a scooter to Laut Biru Beach and easily rent a boat (around 500k – 750k for a round trip). Along the road, you’ll spot signs for “Gili Tour” or “Boat Rental.” The more people you can persuade to join you, the cheaper it gets because you pay per boat. The great thing is that you can handle everything yourself. If you wish to spend more time on one of the islands, that’s possible as well. And if you want to save more, you can even choose to visit just two of the islands. However, the combination of all three Secret Gili’s makes the trip extra special.
Tip: Make sure to have enough cash with you because there are no ATMs available here.
What Does a Day Trip to The Secret Gili’s Cost?
At Adventure Divers, we paid 750,000 IDR per person for a full day, including lunch, which is approximately 46 euros per person. This includes transportation to the port, snorkeling equipment, lunch, water, and the boat trip to three islands. If you book through a street vendor, it’s probably a bit cheaper. We saw offers for 600,000 IDR (35 euros).
If you go with your transportation, you’ll pay about 750,000 (46 euros) for the boat. So, the more people, the cheaper. However, you still need to arrange snorkeling gear on your own.
Camping on Gili Kedis
YES! You can camp on a Secret Gili. Although we didn’t do this ourselves, you can also spend the night on the smallest and most beautiful island, Gili Kedis. It’s super basic, but with such a setting, WHO CARES! You arrive later in the day and sleep in a small tent. Meals are prepared for you, and you can enjoy a cozy evening around the campfire.