Gili Isles Lombok
Complete your Java and Sumatra tours with a stay on Lombok's lush, coral-fringed tropical island of Gili Air
A 5-day, 4-night extension to Lombok Island's Gili Air
After hiking through the Sumatran rainforest, climbing Mt Bromo before breakfast, exploring Java’s World Heritage ancient ruins and cycling through farms and villages in Yogyakarta, why not finish your Indonesia tour with some quality beach and island time on Lombok’s delightful Gili Air?
The 5-day, 4-night extension conveniently begins in Sanur – finishing point of our Java Overland and Sumatra to Bali tours – so no extra land transfers are required. An overnight stay in Sanur allows you to catch the morning direct speedboat from Bali to Gili Air and we can drop you right outside your hotel.
We’re suggesting a 3-night stay on the island itself, but the length of your island extension is entirely up to you. Our choice – availability permitting – is the comfortable, low-key, 4* Gili Air Lagoon Resort with a great beachside location and excellent facilities. Once on the island – apart from checking out glorious sunsets from the beach or sampling poolside cocktails – a wide range of activities are available. These include scuba diving (for beginners and the experienced) and snorkelling trips, (including a tour of the unusual underwater sculpture garden), visits to the other, nearby Gili Isles or checking out the island’s turtle sanctuary. Alternatively, after sampling the fare in Java and Sumatra, why not try your hand at an Indonesian cookery class?
The ideal time to visit the Gili Isles is generally considered to be the April to October period as the annual rainy season falls between November and March although unfortunately, like much of the planet, weather patterns are becoming increasingly less reliable of late. The resort is open all year and in the tropics, it doesn’t rain all day of course, although weather conditions may cause delays with boat transfers. If your schedule is tight then a beach extension on Bali itself during the rainy season may be a better option.
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 1 - Overnight in Sanur
An overnight stay in Sanur is required to catch the next day’s morning speedboat. Our recommendation is the low-key, well-situated Bumi Ayu Bungalows.
Our Java and Sumatra to Bali tours both finish in Sanur so no extra transfers are required.
Day 2 - Speedboat to the Gili Isles
Morning pick-up at your hotel by taxi and transfer to the nearby jetty to catch the speedboat to Gili Air. (c. 2.5 hrs) Limited public transport is available on tiny Gili Air so a short walk from the jetty is required. Lunchtime check-in.
Overnight: Gili Air Transport: Taxi, Boat, Meals: B,
Day 5 - Return to Denpasar Airport
Afternoon speedboat journey to Bali with a shuttle transfer to Denpasar International Airport. Depending upon your departure time an extra night’s accommodation is available in Sanur if required.
We're suggesting 3 nights but the length of your stay on Gili Air is up to you.
Transport: Taxi, Boat, Meals: B,
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Just a few of the many highlights
After hiking through the rainforest, climbing a volcano, exploring ancient ruins and cycling through villages in Sumatra and Java, complete your tour with some quality beach and island time on Lombok's delightful Gili Air.
- Safe and convenient speedboat transfers from Bali to Gili Air
- Easy access to a wide range of cafes, restaurants and bars
- Don't miss the snorkelling tour of the underwater sculpture park
- Stay in a comfortable and well-appointed beachside resort
- Plenty of optional activities are available; scuba, cookery, turtle sanctuary etc
- Well-stocked pool bar and excellent in-house restaurant
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
Bumi Ayu Sanur view
- Pool and tropical garden setting
- A low key, peaceful 'oasis' in central Sanur
- Easy access to Denpasar Airport and jetty for Gili Air
Gili Air Lagoon view
- Great location with easy access to cafes, bars, restaurants
- Beachside resort, a short walk form the boat pier
- Excellent in-house restaurant and well-stocked pool bar
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
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