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The Secret Gilis Island Hopping Tour In Lombok, Indonesia

The Secret Gilis Island Hopping Tour In Lombok, Indonesia

When you hear about ‘The Gilis’, an immediate reaction is to think about the three popular islands Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. These three islands have become popular snorkeling, party and relaxation spots – a getaway from the over-crowded Bali. However, there are more Gili’s than you know. In fact, there are 26 different Gili’s near Lombok.

While in Lombok, I did the ‘Secret Gili’s’ tour. While the islands are far from secret they are beautiful and something new to explore with great marine life, tiny sandbars, and a lunch stop on the shore of a remote island.


a view of the ocean at sunset from a resort.
a couple of houses that are next to a pool.


I stayed in South Lombok for the second part of my trip, which is a good place to be if you want to visit the ‘Secret Gili’s’ on an island hopping tour. From the main town in South Kuta, your tour will include the 1-hour van drive to the port/jump-off spot for your island hopping trip. The Secret Gili’s can be seen on the map below. They are on the west coast of Lombok and not too far from the shore at all!



I did my tour with Adventure Divers Lombok. The company specializes in scuba-diver training and trips around Lombok but also offer island-hopping trips and other excursions. Our entire experience was amazing the crew from the moment they picked us up to the minute we were dropped back that night at the hotel.

The part I liked best was that there was no rush to leave an island and move to the next spot like other tours I have done. Our guides just told us to tell them when we were ready to leave so we snorkeled for hours.

The trip with Adventure Divers Lombok is 750k Rupiah per person (Group discount available) including hotel pickup/dropoff. You can contact them to make your reservation via whatsapp: +62 813 39336418 (Tell Guillem you came from my blog. He’s a great guy and will look after you!)


The crew from Adventure Divers Lombok picked us up at our hotel in South Kuta and we made our way north-west towards Lembar. The drive was winding but had some interesting rice fields and scenery along the journey. When we arrived at the jump-off there were two outrigger boats waiting for us. We tried on our fins, snorkels, and gear and then we were off.


Our first destination was Gili Nanggu. It was a pretty short boat ride to reach Gili Nanggu taking about 15 minutes for us to reach the white sand of this beautiful little island. This was the island for snorkeling our guides told us. They were not wrong. Beneath the surface, we found an abundance of marine life.

Huge schools of fish surrounded us as they swam in and out of the coral restoration structures. The reef itself was quite nice but it was the huge amounts of fish that made this spot a great place for snorkeling. The water clarity was perfect and we had some awesome moments free-diving here at the drop-off of the reef, which you can see clearly from drone shots. 

We got out of the water after our first snorkel and our guide told us to rest and then go again on the other side of the island as this was the best snorkeling of the day. The other two stops would be more for relaxing and lunch. We ended up having about 2-3 hours on Gili Nanggu. Therefore, if you were to only visit one it would definitely be Gili Nanggu.

It appeared that there were accommodations to rent on Gili Nanggu but being so close to shore, I’m not sure I would suggest it for more than one night.


The island next to Gili Nanggu is called Gili Tangkong. You can explore it by foot if you wish but I purely checked this one out from the air. It has some incredible coconut tree plantations and vast empty beaches. It truly is a virgin paradise island so maybe it is better tourists don’t visit this one and just enjoy the views as they cruise past on the boats!


For lunch, we left Gili Nanggu and took a short boat trip across to Gili Sudak. Here we found tables practically in the water. We would have our huge group lunch inches away from the shoreline under the shade of a beautiful tree. It was one of the most picturesque lunches I have ever had as we looked out over the ocean towards the mountains.

At the warung (cafe) you could order western dishes or Indonesian. I had Nasi Goreng, a coffee and a coconut. What a combination in paradise. The Secret Gili’s were turning out to be a relaxing way to spend a day from Lombok.


After our relaxing lunch at Gili Sudak, it was time for our last stop of the day. The final island was Gili Kedis, a tiny little island. I wondered if this island was at risk during high tide. A small shack serving snacks and a few trees are all that was built on this little island.

Several swings and benches to sit on, made this a relaxing spot where you could have a necessary siesta after lunch. We flew the drones around, hung out in the sun, and took in our beautiful surroundings.


If you are visiting attractions in the north such as Tiu Kelep or Mount Rinjani you should choose one of the three accommodations in the ‘Northern‘ section below.

  • Jeeva Santai VillasLuxury Villa: Great location on the beautiful Mangsit Beach but also within driving distance of Tiu Kelep and Mount Rinjani. It is a location that offers the best of both worlds.
  • Hakiki Inn Bungalows – Value: Set on the edge of rice fields with the jungle feel but the comfort of a private bungalow.
  • Blue Mountain CottageBudget (but also value): This is where I stayed. The room was very basic but it was comfortable enough with a basic private bathroom.
a view of the ocean at sunset from a resort.


If you are staying in the south to enjoy the beaches and surf in Kuta, Lombok you should choose one of the three accommodations in the ‘Southern‘ section below.

  • Harmony VillasLuxury: The beautiful white theme throughout the property contrasts against the emerald green pool and plants. The villas are laid out impeccably and the best part about this 4-star villa is that it actually isn’t as expensive as it looks.
  • Martas Windows  – Value/Luxury: This place is incredibly beautiful. Bungalow-style villas surround the modern pool at this amazing property. For less than $80 a night, you can get yourself what would cost hundreds of dollars in most other countries at Martas Windows.
  • Boogie Hostel Kuta LombokBudget: The Boogie Hostel is everything you ask for in a hostel. It’s super modern and clean and has lots of chill spaces as well as lockers for your gear and blinds for privacy at your dorm.
a couple of houses that are next to a pool.


a person standing on a hill overlooking a valley.


Thursday 20th of October 2022

I used this company and n October 22 and had a TERRIBLE experience. Old and dangerous snorkelling gear. I think they must sub contract this out and concentrate on diving? I would not recommend. We almost walked away before we got on the boat when we saw the state of some of the equipment but hoped they had better gear. Check before you board. There were a lot of other groups on the “not so secret Gillis”. All with better equipment & guides. Other better options are available


Saturday 4th of January 2020

The best place to stay for discover the secret Gilis is THE SUITES LOMBOK, just in front of Gili Kedis and Gili Sudak.


Thursday 13th of June 2019

I paid 300k/ person For the same itenary (private trip)


Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Hi! Could you tell me who did you go with, please?


Monday 12th of August 2019

Hi! Can you send me the info of that private trip? Thanks!


Monday 17th of June 2019

Who did you go with?

Sharon Rausch

Thursday 2nd of May 2019

I learn so much from you as well! Thank you so much for sharing your helpful information.