Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia

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glitterball
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Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia

Post by glitterball » Thu Feb 12, 2015 5:31 pm

Famed for its backpacker nightlife, Gili Trawangan also has some decent snorkeling.
I found the best snorkeling to be on the east coast: start at the position marked on the map and let the current take you south towards the busy section of the beach. There is a lot of damaged (but recovering) coral close to the shore and then a steep drop-off that runs parallel to the coast. While snorkeling here I saw some Turtles, Squid, an enormous Cuttlefish, Boxfish, Titan Triggerfish as well as the usual small reef species. There were lots of microscopic jellyfish on some days during my visit in early February 2014, and their stings made snorkeling very uncomfortable.

Apparently, there are some other good spots on the north coast, however the sea was too rough to snorkel on that coast while I was there.
  • Ease of Access: Straight off the beach
  • Hazards: Small Jellyfish, Coral, Drinks laced with methanol in the bars
  • Visibility: 0.5-20m
  • Best time to go: May to September for best visibility
  • Water Temperature: 26 to 30°C
  • Highlights: Turtles