Gili Gede lies to the southwest coast of Lombok and is small, rugged, and and isolated from the other parts of Indonesia. While Gili Gede's name translates loosely to 'Large Island', measuring 4 km by 1.6 km at its widest point, Gili Gede packs a substantial punch for its relatively small size.
Desert Point is renowned for being one of the best surf spots in the world, with one of the longest left-handed surf breaks being found here. Gili Gede is also a snorkeller's paradise and with its crystal clear waters and teeming marine life, it is sure to be a haven for water sports enthusiasts.
While Gili Trawangan and Gili Air usually are the most popularly sought-after island getaways around Lombok, there are 24 other islands, including Gili Gede that comprise the Gili Islands. Walkable paths connect the entirety of Gili Gede and tourists can traverse the whole island on foot.
Comprising only 5 small villages with fewer than a 1000 residents in total, Gili Gede travels at a slower pace than its more raucous neighbouring islands Gili Trawangan and Lombok and is perfect for tourists looking to kick up their feet and unwind. It's calm and tranquil waters mean that it is the preferred destination for stand-up paddleboarding and boat-cruising.
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Due to Gili Gede's small size, typical snorkelling trip will take you to the islands of Gili Layan and Gili Ringgit towards the west of Gili Gede and north of Gili Asahan, as off-the-beach snorkelling in Gili Gede leaves a little to be desired. A half-hour boat ride to Gili Ringgit brings you to amazing coral reefs, fantastic underwater fauna and beautiful stretches of white sand and prime snorkelling conditions.
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