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When most of the people hear the name “Gili”, they probably think of the three famous Gili Islands Trawangan, Meno and Air in the northwest of Lombok. But did you know that there are many other islands, some of them totally lonely, around Lombok?

A day trip to Gili Nanggu

In the southwest there are over 10 small Gili Islands. One of them is Gili Nanggu, whom I last visited. A day trip to Gili Nanggu is absolutely worth it and I will show you all about it in this article.

How to get to Lombok

To get to Lombok there are only two options, the airplane and the boat. Flights operate from many cities in Indonesia to Lombok. But the international airport already welcomes flights from abroad, e.g. from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. For the future even flights from the Emirates or Australia are planned.

To find the best and cheapest flights for your trip to Lombok, check out Skyscanner. There you can compare prices, departure times, flight duration and the different airlines.

You can take a boat to Lombok from e.g. Bali, the Gili Islands or Sumbawa. There is a difference between speed boats and local boats, because not only prices, but the duration of travel can vary significantly. An overview of different boats can be found on 12go.asia.

Accommodation in Lombok – our hotel tips

Lombok is a relatively large island and offers almost endless possibilities to stay. Whether in southern Kuta, in the capital Mataram or in the tourist center of Senggigi on the west coast – on Lombok you will find many accommodations in all price ranges.

We personally recommend a stay in Senggigi and surroundings. A great hotel is the Qunci Villas, which is located on a secluded, quiet beach. The center of Senggigi is only a short taxi or scooter ride away. But also near the Qunci Villas you will find some restaurants and shops.

Garden and the Qozy Rooms with a garden view at Qunci Villas hotel in Lombok

Of course, there are also a number of beautiful hotels and homestays in Kuta, which you can book here.

How to get to Gili Nanggu

Gili Nanggu is located at the southwestern peninsula of Lombok (Sekotong) and can be reached by boat from 2 different places: Lembar (the place where the public ferry from Bali arrives) and further west from West Sekotong (Sekotong Barat). The boat drive from West Sekotong takes only 15-20 minutes, whereas from Lembar you have to drive approximately 40. Most likely, the price for a charter boat (4-6 persons max.) will vary greatly – I paid only IDR 230.000 from West Sekotong (round trip). It was a very good price and I only had the luck because of a friend who knows a boat driver personally.

Preferably, you should hire a driver or take a taxi from Senggigi or Kuta because they can bring you directly to the boats without the hassle of searching for it. The drive from Senggigi to Lembar takes not quite an hour, to West Sekotong approximately 1 ½. Most of the tourist offices will be offering a Nanggu tour probably.

Charter boat and view at Gili Nanggu, Gili Tangkong and Gili Sudak from West Sekotong (Sekotong Barat)
View at Gili Nanggu, Gili Tangkong at Gili Sudak from West Sekotong

Marcel on the charter boat to Gili Nanggu

During the boat drive another tiny island caught my eye: Gili Poh. It’s the smallest of this Gili group and can be walked around in only 15 minutes (for comparison: when you walk around Gili Meno it takes about one hour). It must be a true Robinson Crusoe island and I definitely have to visit it next time!

Gili Poh and Mount Agung on Bali in the background
Gili Poh and Mount Agung on Bali in the background

On Gili Nanggu

On Gili Nanggu there is not really much going on – or more precisely NOTHING! The total opposite of Gili Trawangan, even quieter than Gili Meno. But you have dreamlike beaches with crystal clear water where you perfectly can snorkel, dive or simply have a bath. The beaches are quiet and there are no beach vendors to bother you since this is a private island. It’s perfect for a snorkeling, diving or relaxing day trip. If you wanna take a time out and enjoy a few days relaxing among a tranquil South Sea atmosphere, this island is the right spot for you.

Boats at the beach of Gili Nanggu, Lombok

Welcome to Gili Nanggu

Marcel on Gili Nanggu, Lombok

At the beach of Gili Nanggu, Lombok
There are plenty of shady places to relax

Rules and precautions at the beach of Gili Nanggu

Beach and bungalows on Gili Nanggu, Lombok

Dream beach on Gili Nanggu with a view on Gili Tangkong
Dream beach with a view on Gili Tangkong

Believe it or not, on Gili Nanggu there is only one accommodation (Gili Nanggu Cottages & Resort – with bungalows directly at the beach) and one restaurant. During our stay we were the only guests. But the food was delicious and the owner is a nice guy.

It’s always funny to hear how Indonesian people try to adopt an Australian accent. Maybe it was because of me, because until today I don’t understand why 99.9% of the people in Southeast Asia think I’m Australian. Well, as I made him clear that I’m actually from Germany, he came up with the stock response for Germans: “Achsoooooooo!” (meaning something like “Aha/I see”)

Restaurant on Gili Nanggu, Lombok
The only restaurant on Gili Nanggu – there wasn’t really much going on

Bungalows at the beach on Gili Nanggu, Lombok

Marcel on Gili Nanggu, Lombok

There are even more Gili Islands that you can reach by charter boat, like Gili Tangkong and Gili Sudak directly next to Gili Nanggu. Or further west there is Gili Gede, Gili Asahan and Gili Poh – and I wanna see ALL of them some day…

Plan your trip to Sekotong Lombok now

More hotel recommendations for Sekotong Lombok:

Gili Nanggu: Tours and Tickets

Do you prefer to travel with a guide who knows the area very well? Then we recommend a guided tour with a local. This way you can get to know Gili Nanggu in a completely different way. GetYourGuide offers a wide selection of exciting tours for Gili Nanggu.

Have you been to Gili Nanggu? Would a day trip to Gili Nanggu be something for you? We look forward to your opinion in the comments.


Hi, I'm Marcel! Blogger, author, web & graphic designer and digital nomad. I love traveling in Southeast Asia and exploring wonderful beaches and trying delicious food. My home base is Koh Phangan, Thailand. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.