Where clear waters and beautiful coral reefs abound, snorkeling is one of the least worries there. That is why we have some of the best locations for snorkeling on the Gili Islands. From trendy Gili Trawangan to more serene Gili Meno and Gili Air, there are plenty of snorkeling spots right off their beaches.
Perhaps the best snorkeling in Gili Trawangan itself is on the northeast at the Turtle Point. Here, swimming alongside hawksbill and green turtles is just another day in paradise. Seagrass beds and nutrient-rich waters attract dozens of these gentle creatures at a time. For those staying on Gili T, there are more snorkeling sites to consider that are within easy reach on a day trip.
The leading trio of the Nusa islands promises fantastic snorkeling throughout. Starting from Mushroom and Sandy Bays at Nusa Lembongan and unusual encounters along its Mangrove Point on the north. To the world’s famous Nusa Penida, where snorkeling at Kelingking and Atuh beaches can be complemented with spectacular sceneries. Perhaps the most popular snorkeling site on Nusa Penida is at Crystal Bay. Here you can enjoy not only resident manta rays but also amazing cliffs and drop-offs leading to vibrant coral beds and secret sea caves.
Further east, along the shores of Lombok, lie the twelve South Gilis surrounded by calm, clear waters. When going on an island hopping and snorkeling tour from Gili Trawangan, you will often snorkel around Gili Nanggu and Gili Layar island. You will surely not be disappointed by these snorkeling sites. While staying for sunset will tick even more boxes of a beautiful day spent.
Bali’s northern beaches are also within easy reach from Gili Trawangan. You are practically a 30 minutes boat ride away from exploring the spectacular Japanese Shipwreck along the black sand beaches of Amed and Lipah. And for an off-beaten snorkeling path, head over to the Secret Gilis on the east coast of Lombok. It is offering an impressive collection of underwater sites coupled with peace and tranquility while exploring the wonders of these lessvisited islands.
On Bali, you can lose yourself in the chaos of Kuta or the sybaritic pleasures of Seminyak and Kerobokan, surf wild beaches in the south or hang out on Nusa Lembongan. You can go family-friendly in Sanur or savor a lavish getaway on the Bukit Peninsula. Ubud is the heart of Bali, a place where the culture of the island is most accessible, and it shares the island’s most beautiful rice fields and ancient monuments with east and west Bali.
But, Bali is much more than that! There is a unique vibe, an essence, something authentic that is hard to describe, which has touched and inspired visitors from all over the world for decades. Whatever your expectations and desires, they all will happen in Bali without a doubt.
Finally, Moyo Island is the main attraction around Sumbawa Besar. Home to deer, buffalos, wild pigs and endemic bird species. The island sits in a nature reserve surrounded by coral reef and is ideal for snorkeling and diving. A luxury resort owns half the island. A cheaper way to explore Moyo is to hire a local guide, or even better – to include it in your snorkeling trip. The island reserve and coral reefs of Moyo certainly deserves a visit.