Booking Your Gili Trawangan Snorkeling Tour – A Complete Guide

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With so many options, booking your Gili Trawangan snorkeling tour can be a little overwhelming. So here’s our guide to help with snorkeling Gili Trawangan.

How To Get From Lombok To Gili Trawangan

The easiest way to get from Lombok to Gili Trawangan is via Bangsal ferry port.

All ferries from Bangsal run daily starting at 9am and finishing at 6pm.

Once you arrive at Bangsal ferry port you will have two options:

By Public Boat:

15,000 IDR – Takes roughly 30 minutes and leaves every time there are 40 people ready. Which usually isn’t long as there as lots of locals!

By Fast Boat:

85,000 IDR – Takes roughly 15 minutes and leaves every hour, on the hour.

Tickets can be bought on the morning of travel.

By Tour:

Another option is to book a private Full-Day Gili Islands Snorkeling Trip from Lombok tour. Which includes transfers to and from Lombok, as well as your guide to exploring the Gili Islands.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Click HERE for our full Top 9 Things To Do On Gili Trawangan + 1 DON’T!

Gili Trawangan Snorkeling Tour Prices

Snorkelling tours are available to book at nearly every shop along the main strip of Gili T.

However if you like to organise and book things in advance, we can recommend pre-booking this tour online and having everything ready to go when you arrive.

Standard prices on Gili T:

Public Tour Boat – 100,000 IDR per person

Private Tour Boat – 250,000 IDR per person

Up to 25 people can fit on the boats and usually they will pack out the public boats to the maximum. We opted for a private boat for the 4 of us, paying 250,000 IDR each.

Book your Gili Islands Snorkelling Trip: Gili Trawangan, Air & Meno Island: Snorkeling Day Trip

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Lola and Lauren jumping off our snorkeling boat

What To Expect When Snorkeling Gili Trawangan

Gili Meno Underwater Statues

Definitely one of the most popular spots on the Gili Trawangan snorkeling tour and possibly the creepiest.

Located just off the shore of Gili Meno, these 48 life size human sculptures are formed in a circle and are a big photo spot for visitors. The artwork named Nest, was commissioned by BASK and produced by the world-renowned underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor.

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The famous underwater statues at Gili Meno

Gili Meno Island

Slightly underwhelming although still worthy of a visit.

With it’s most popular attraction being the Gili Meno Lake, we spent an hour walking around the island of Gili Meno. We found a bird sanctuary, an over populated turtle sanctuary and a lot of run down restaurants.

Hopefully your visit will be better than ours!

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Charlie strolling around the Gili Meno Lake

Snorkeling With Turtles

A moment we’d been waiting for and thankfully this DIDN’T disappoint!

We jumped off the boat with our snorkels and fins in the middle of the ocean and one of our drivers guided us to the wild turtles. There were other crowds of tourists nearby but we were lucky enough to find a couple of big boys and follow them at distance.

Snorkeling with turtles was definitely the highlight of our snorkeling Gili Trawangan tour!

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Snorkeling Gili Trawangan with the turtles

Gili T Shipwreck

The shipwreck was the final stop of our Gili Trawangan snorkeling tour and although it was impressive, it’s better seen whilst diving.

We could just about make out the old Japanese WW2 shipwreck from the surface, but to get amongst it you’ll need a tank to reach the full 45m depth.

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Playing around whilst snorkeling Gili Trawangan

Where To Stay In Gili Trawangan

Luxury – Kelapa Villas – Kelapa Villas is located in a coconut plantation in northwest Gili Trawangan. All villas have an enclosed fence and come with a private pool. Gili Trawangan Beach is just a 5-minute bike ride from the property. Every villa comes with landscaped gardens and a unique lay out and design. All of the air-conditioned villas have a seating area and a flat-screen TV. The private bathrooms are either indoor or open-air. Some villas include a kitchen and living/dining room. Kelapa Villas is a 15-minute bicycle ride from the lively centre of Gili Trawangan.

Mid-Budget – White Coconut Cottage – White Coconut Cottage is situated in the northern part of Gili Trawangan, 900 yards from Sunset Point. Free WiFi is available in all areas. All rooms come with air-conditioning, a private terrace, day bed and outdoor furniture. Guests can enjoy garden and pool views. Decorated with white timber furniture, the rooms features a fridge, a kettle, and a personal safe. White Coconut Cottage also includes an outdoor pool. Light meals and drinks are also available. Turtle Conservation Gili Trawangan is 0.6 miles away. 

Budget – DPM Gili T. Diving Hostel & Bar – DPM Gili T. Diving Hostel & Bar features a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Gili Trawangan. Located around a few steps from Sunset Point, the guest house with free WiFi is also 50 yards away from Gili Trawangan Art Market. The property is non-smoking and is located a few steps from Turtle Conservation Gili Trawangan. At the guest house every room comes with air conditioning and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is available daily at DPM Gili T. Diving Hostel & Bar.

For other places to stay in Gili T you can check the latest prices here.

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  1. kyawwaiyanphyo
    December 25, 2018 / 9:34 am

    May i know the tour name you joined for Snorkeling and Glass bottom boat in Gili?

    • December 26, 2018 / 4:04 pm

      Hey, we can’t remember the tour name but as mentioned it was booked from the huge turtle sanctuary near the ferry port on the main strip.

      • Sheen
        August 14, 2019 / 1:08 pm

        Is it possible to go to Bali after completing the snorkelling trip ?

        • August 14, 2019 / 6:36 pm

          Hey, I’m not sure when the last ferry leaves from Gili to Bali, but I’m sure if you snorkel in the morning you will still have time to get over to Bali the same day! 🙂

  2. Liên Minh Xàm Lờ
    March 14, 2019 / 4:46 am

    Hi, May I know the time start and end of snorkeling tour? Is it tour go snorkeling and discover 3 island?

    • March 17, 2019 / 1:11 am

      Hey, I’m sure we started at around 7am and finished around 2 pm. It’s a half day tour and includes all 3 islands.

  3. A
    September 12, 2019 / 9:14 am

    how did you book the private boat? do you have a recomendation?

    • September 14, 2019 / 2:54 pm

      We booked our Gili Trawangan snorkeling tour with the guys from the turtle sanctuary, although we wouldn’t recommend them as the drivers were cocky and not very helpful throughout the trip.

  4. Apseen
    November 11, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    For snorkeling we have to pay separatly? If yes how much

    • November 20, 2019 / 1:26 pm

      If you want to join the Public Boat with many other tourists it’s around 100,000 IDR per person.
      If you want your own Private Boat it’s around 250,000 IDR per person.

  5. Madhav Patel
    January 21, 2020 / 8:56 am

    Can a snorkelling trip with turtles and statues both be done on a single day?

    • January 22, 2020 / 4:30 pm

      Hey, yes it’s usually included on the same tour! If not I’m sure your guide can take you to the statue after the turtles.

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