Set sail through the idyllic Gili Islands from Bali

Departing from Bali, discover the idyllic islands of Lombok on an Intrepid sailing adventure. Leave the crowds behind and sail across the Lombok Strait to the Gili Islands.

Serangan, Indonesia
Serangan, Indonesia
Physical rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 8

Why we love this trip

  • Trade in the crowds and hawkers of Bali for the peace and quiet of the Gili Islands

  • Snorkel amongst colourful reef fish and watch as turtles effortlessly glide by

  • With no motorised vehicles the cidomo (horse and cart) is the transport mode of choice

  • Be awed by the pure white sand beaches and turquoise waters

  • Spend a couple of days switched off from the outside world

Is this trip right for you?

  • You don't need to complete a Physical Participation Form, but it's important to read the trip notes carefully to make sure you're suited to this trip. You’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the boat. The cabins and communal areas are spread over two decks, and the steps between decks are steep.

  • You will be entering and exiting a Zodiac boat during wet and dry landings and when returning from snorkelling. Although the waters are usually calm, it can get rough and choppy, which requires steady sea legs and a sturdy stomach. Rain or shine, your trusty crew will always be on hand to assist you.

  • The boats are real yachts, and this is a real sailing trip. Yachts are designed to maximise living area space, so sleeping quarters (typically four twin-share cabins) can be a bit cramped. That said, the adventure and exhilaration of an authentic sailing trip more than makes up for any discomfort.

  • While at sea and when exploring the islands, you may be exposed to the sun for large parts of the day. It’s important to use sun protection and drink plenty of water.

  • Sometimes changes to the itinerary are necessary due to the weather. This can happen with little notice. If you're flexible and have a sense of humour, you're bound to have a fun and relaxing trip across this beautiful part of the world.

  • It's important to have fun, but also to respect your shipmates who might be sleeping. If you do enjoy a late night out, consider booking a hostel (where available) for the night so you don't wake your fellow travellers (and more importantly the skipper) upon your return.


Welcome to Bali, Indonesia’s best known and popular island, the starting point for your 7 day sailing adventure. At 1pm today you’ll meet your skipper and fellow travellers. As you’ll be travelling on a real sailing catamaran space on board is limited it's recommended to bring a small soft-sided bag or a backpack. If you are travelling with a larger bag or suitcase and have booked pre tour accommodation you can ask to leave your luggage at the hotel and take a small overnight or daypack on board. After an orientation of the yacht and collection of your important insurance and next of kin information, we begin our journey across the Strait of Lombok.
Our first mooring will be off Nusa Lembongan. The island is surrounded by coral reefs and it’s a perfect spot for a snorkel, a walk along the fine white sandy beach before enjoying a stunning sunset.
  • Overnight boat (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Today we head north and over the next couple of days we will visit what many refer to as ‘The Gili Islands’; the islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. The name "Gili Islands" is a contradiction, because Gili in the local Sasak language means "small island" and in fact there are a total of 26 Gili islands.
Gili Trawangan became popular in the 80’s as an escape from the touristy Bali. Even though it is now popular with backpackers and restaurants, café and resorts the islands still keep there off the beaten track feel as all motorised vehicles are prohibited and the main form of transport is by bicycle, foot or cidomo, a horse drawn carriage.
Gili Meno and Gili Air are even more laidback than their bigger neighbour. Gili Meno is the smallest and quietest of the islands and with a population under 1,000 it’s not hard to imagine that you’ve been dropped on a deserted island. Gili Air the closest to the mainland (Lombok), is somewhere in between. Both islands offer excellent snorkelling opportunities and green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles can be seen along the reefs and waters surrounding the islands. In fact the islanders have made a concerted effort to ensure there are conservation areas and turtle sanctuaries that turtle numbers have been increasing year on year.
After visiting the northern Gili islands we head south to Gili Sudak and Gili Tangkong. If the northern Gili islands give the feeling of being off the tourist track then the islands of Sudak and Tangkong will give you a true Robinson Crusoe experience. Pure white sand beaches, sea waters swarming with marine life. Snorkelling here opens up a whole underwater world.
Sadly our sailing adventure is coming to a close so it’s time to set sail towards Bali but before we do we have a couple of stops to make, Nusa Ceningan’s Blue Lagoon and Nusa Penida’s natural infinity pool, the Angel’s Billabong. Both natural phenomenon’s, the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon sparkle in the sunshine and the crystal clear to stunning green waters of the Angel’s Billabong is the perfect place for one last dip in this beautiful part of the world.
  • Overnight boat (5 nights)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (5)
  • Lunch (5)
  • Dinner (5)
Our Gili Islands sailing adventure comes to an end after breakfast
  • Overnight boat (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners




Overnight boat (6 nights)

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