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.


Start
Sanur, Indonesia
Finish
Sanur, Indonesia
Country
Indonesia
Style
Original
Theme
Sailing
Code
TSSI
Physical rating
Ages
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?

  • As the majority of this trip takes place on a sailing boat, you’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the vessel, including the use of stairs. With that said, sea legs come naturally to some but not so much for others. Your friendly crew will be able to help with the effects of sea sickness if needed.

  • A zodiac is used to transport passengers from the boat to the mainland, with landings taking place at piers (dry landings) as well as on beaches (wet landings). Zodiacs can sometimes be awkward to climb in and out of, but a sense of humour and can-do attitude is all you need.

  • This is an adventure on board a real yacht, which means living spaces, cabins, bathrooms and showers need to be shared with other passengers. Sleeping quarters can be quite compact, but you will be spending the majority of your time above board in the open air.

  • Time on the water also means time in the sun. Remember to pack sun protection, such as sun screen and a hat, and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. See ‘Essential Trip Information’ below for a full packing list.

  • Please note that smooth sailing is dependent on the weather, so itinerary changes may occur at the last minute if the weather becomes unfavourable. If any changes are made, you can trust in your knowledgeable skipper to choose an alternative route or activity.

  • Due to the size of the yachts, sound carries easily from one side to the other and can wake your fellow travellers. If you’re planning to have a late night, it’s a good idea to head into town and experience the local night life.

Itinerary

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 at the Abian Harmoney Hotel in Sanur. From here you will be transferred to the ferry terminal and catch a speed boat to Ceningan and then it is a short dinghy ride to the catamaran, your home for the next 6 nights. 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.

Note: The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary. The itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on weather and berth availability. Your skipper will make the final call to ensure your safety at all times.
Accommodation
  • Overnight boat (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Transport and accommodation
Please note you will be travelling on a real sailing catamaran which are big on deck space however the cabins are made for sleeping and that’s about it. This means there’s limited space so we highly recommend travelling with a backpack or soft sided back, both of which can fit in the small cupboards provided in each cabin. Remember the bigger the bag the smaller the space for you in the cabin!
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.
Accommodation
  • Overnight boat (5 nights)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (5)
  • Lunch (5)
  • Dinner (5)
Our Gili Islands sailing adventure comes to an end after breakfast.
Accommodation
  • Overnight boat (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Boat

Accommodation

Overnight boat (6 nights)

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Essential trip information

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