This trip was one of the best snorkelling trips I have ever been on; the clarity of the water and the beautiful brightly coloured tropical fish had me grinning in wonderment not to mention my reaction when I saw one of the green sea turtles for the first time. Our trip was organised by our hotel, however there are also many tour companies that can arrange these on Lombok or you could take the public ferry across to the Gili islands, although be warned this can take twice as long to get there and the timings are not always reliable.
I am still feeling the holiday vibe after having just returned from 3 days of blissful relaxation and soaking up the most stunning landscapes and ocean views in Lombok. Lombok is an island in Indonesia that I have wanted to visit ever since I saw the green palm tree filled coastline and the misty peaks of Mount Rinjani from my first trip to Gili Trawangan back in 2010.
On arriving in Lombok I was surprised by how much bigger it was than I expected, for instance it was an hour and a half car journey from the airport in the south to half way up the west coast where we were staying. So needless to say 3 days wasn’t long enough to explore the whole island. However, we did manage to take a boat out to the Gili islands to explore these tiny islands and discover the coral reef, tropical fish and the Green Sea Turtles.
If you are spending a long time on Lombok or you are staying on the West of the island which overlooks the Gili islands (a short 20 minute boat ride away) then this trip should be top of your list! We went snorkelling along the reef at Gili Meno (the quietest of the three islands) and here we were lucky enough to see two huge green sea turtles gracefully swimming along the ocean floor. This was when I wish we had an underwater camera…next time!
We then spent a couple of hours on Gili Air having lunch and walking around the island before heading back to Lombok. Having already been to the busier Gili Trawangan I can report that Gili Air is a smaller version of this and whilst Gili T is party party, Gili Air definitely has a far more chilled vibe. There are lots of dive schools on both islands and for those of you not there to dive there are plenty of beach clubs to relax in and absorb the stunning views back across the turquoise waters to Lombok.