The Gili islands are famous for its snorkeling. For all of its turtles, colorful fishes and corals. We had an amazing experience when visiting Gili Air, and managed to get it all on film.
During our stay in Gili Air and Apalagi Villas, we hired our own boat for a day to go out snorkeling for turtles. If you are a few people or a family, I’ll recommend hiring a glass bottom boat for your self, rather than going on a larger boat with a lot of others. Apalagi arranged a half day trip around the Gilis for a little more than 1 million rupiah.
The Gili islands are basically three small islands. Gili Trawangan the largest, and most bussy. We have been twice on Gili Trawangan. First time on Kokomo resort. The second we rented Villa Coral Flora. From the villa we could basically swim directly into turtles. And other beautiful and colorful fish.
However, the likely hood – as we understood from the “captain of the boat”, there are many more turtles between Gili Meno and Gili Air. And just after a few minutes in the ocean, we discovered one of many turtles during our boat trip.
The underwater sculptures
I don’t know if you have heard about it, but if not – there are some sculptures to find under water. “Huge” thing on Instagram. If you plan to take some really nice pictures, come early. We gave up at our first shot, as the spot was surrounded by almost 100 people. Everyone competing for the best place to take a picture, shoot some video – or snap a selfie.
We tried one more time later. Still very crowded, but I managed to get some pictures. Although not any really good ones.
It was – however – not the statutes we came snorkeling for, but the turtles. And turtles we saw, to great joy from all of us.
I used an underwater camera from KitVision. All of the pictures are derived from just filming underwater, hence the limited picture quality.
On our last day at Gili Air, we actually found a turtle in the water around Scallywags. I picked it up and delivered it to the locals who look after the baby turtles until they are big enough to survive alone in the ocean.
Do visit the Gilis if you go to Bali. And if you do visit, ensure you book a glass bottom boat for some snorkeling. It will be an adventure you will remember for the rest of your life.