The Gili Islands are very relaxed and laid-back, with countless little beachside cafes playing reggae and serving up banana pancakes, and no cars or motorbikes to disturb the peace. The white sand beaches are without a doubt better than anywhere on Bali or Lombok.
The Gili islands have become popular for beginners and experienced divers alike. There are about 18 dive sites around the three islands, with a variety of topography (slopes, walls, ridges and canyons) and an enormous amount of diverse marine life. This includes black – and white tip reef sharks, lots of turtles (hawksbill and olive ridley), lionfish, scorpion fish, cuttle fish and octopus, moray eels, sea snakes, different types of rays (blue – spotted, eagle and, from December to March, manta rays)not to mention schools of bump - head parrot fish every full moon and the occasional whale shark…plus countless varieties of hard and soft corals. [more]
There is a number of islands you can explore and on most of the islands are coral reefs which are only 40 meters away from your private beach. It is highly recommended to take your own private boat moored at your villa to the nearby Gilli Goleng for a more exciting diving experience. A beautiful sand fringed island is located only 400 meters offshore. In all the privacy you can enjoy a picnic and snorkeling from the shore over the magnificent coral reefs along with the see rays and giant clams. [more]
40 meters from your doorstep is your own private beach and it is safe to swim in the crystal clear waters of the bay. Very suitable for kids in particular as it is shallow and slope. [email us]
The world famous Desert Point is claiming to be ‘the best left-handed break in the world’ and many surfers around the world consider it as a mecca. With Kuta as one of the most popular spots for surfers, it provides the professional with all possible surfing gadgets. As the sun rises from the horizon, lines of Balinese are approaching the beach and controlling their surf-boards with the same attentios as to their traditional dances, mastering the waves and penetrating the tubes. There are even places around Kuta Beach for more difficult surfing techniques. But we recommend you to talk to the locals first so you won't get into trouble. [more]
The most favourite activities on the islands is fishing. The best spot for Deep fishing remains on the north-west part of Gili Trawangan. To ‘cast your line’ anywhere and anytime you want there is private boat moored at private beaches. Rods are provided by us at the villa. [email us]
We have our own pony called Coco who we rescued from the routine life of pulling a ‘cidomo’ cart around the streets of downtown Mataram. Coco is available for pony and cart rides along the lane or the beach. [email us]
Despite the trappings of modern tourism, Lombok is still offering pristine and sandy white beaches lined with tropical trees and the warmest and cleanest waters in the world.
There is a famous place on the south coast part of Lombok which is called Kuta Beach (Sometime spelt Kute Beach), a magnificent and broad white sandy beach with crystal clear blue sea and rugged hills rising around it.
Villa Pao Pao is providing the guests with its very own private beach just 40 meters from the doorstep as well.[email us]
The name "Gili islands" might be familiar for most of us, but the name doesn’t derive from local spelling. Gili actually means small island and there are lots of other gilis around Lombok. If you wish a little exploring, direct access to your own private boat is always recommended.
Here is some schedule information:
Gili Air to Gili Meno (8.30am & 3pm)
Gili Meno to Gili Trawangan (8.45am & 3.15pm)
Gili Trawangan Gili Meno (9.30am & 3.30pm)
Gili Meno to Gili Air (9.45am & 4.15pm)
Areas in The Surrounding
Since we are less developed than Bali, Lombok has better beaches, a bigger volcano and a greater variety of landscapes. Thanks to the low key tourism, many Lombokians are less blasé about the tourists than the neighbouring Balinese inhabitants affording you to find your own private paradise very easy. Lombok is a fascinating and unforgettable place to explore. It is generally rural and still untouched with the friendly local people. Known as the second highest volcano in Indonesia, a trek to the summit of Mount Rinjani is a challenging task but rewarding once you reach to the top and catch the breathtaking views.
For a less energetic activity we also have bicycle for the guests to ride through the rice paddies or simply pop over to the nearby island of Bali.[email us]
Lombok provides the guests with many endless possibilities as there are country’s greatest cuisines. The choices will definitely make you amazed. Tourist-oriented restaurants abound in tourist centre with Indonesian and Chinese cuisines dominate the choices.
Lombok foods contain many spices, often served with coconut milk, create a rich flavour and creamy texture to intriguing dishes like poultry, meat, tropical vegetables, and fish. Ingredients like sugar, fragrant roots and leaves are basically used which make our cuisines both subtle and sophisticated. There is always rice available as it is the basic of all Indonesian meals.[email us]
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