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The Oberoi Lombok’s Snorkeling Trip to The Gili Islands

August 17, 2017 Resort News No Comments Email Email

Lying just off the northwest coast of Lombok is a trio of tiny, idyllic atolls, known as the Gili Islands. From the distance the islands look like no more than minute specks of green vegetation encircled by dazzling white sand and a deep turquoise sea. Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air are time-honoured favourites of divers and snorkelers, together with travellers who are in search of sea, sun and sand in simple surroundings.

There is a particularly beautiful reef off Gili Meno, teeming with psychedelic underwater creatures and phosphorous coral. The boat ride from The Oberoi Lombok every day at 9:00am takes only twenty minutes. Here you will see creatures such as giant clams, nudibranchia, starfish, unicorn fish, clown anemone, clown trigger, porcupine fish, schools of jackfish, giant wrasse, rabbit fish, batfish, angel fish, butterfly fish, long-nosed trumpet fish, spotty groupers, black and yellow banner fish, parrotfish and surgeonfish.

The Gilis are famous for turtles, and your snorkeling guide knows exactly where to find them. Guests are almost guaranteed to see a Hawksbill turtle with its distinctive, richly decorated serrated shell and beak-like mouth, feeding on sponges and hydroids in the coral garden. The Hawksbill is listed as an endangered species and it is a real privilege to get close to these graceful creatures in their natural habitat.

After the snorkeling experience, guests will have time to relax and relish a picnic lunch, followed by the opportunity to explore Gili Air, enjoy a cold drink or a beer, perhaps, in a rustic, cushioned ‘bale’ gazebo on the beach.

Snorkeling tour prices start from IDR 550,000 net (USD 45) per person including snorkeling gear, mineral water, towel, and snorkeling guide /IDR 455,000 net (USD 35)  per person for picnic Lunch (selection of sandwiches, fresh fruit, and mineral water).

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