Lombok has 26 islands surrounding it, each home to coral reefs and a plethora of marine life. This leaves endless snorkelling options amongst unspoilt crystal clear water, making the perfect vantage point to watch fish swimming and turtles playing up close. The water temperature sits between 27-29 C (81-84 F), and the wet season falls from November to March. This tropical climate is best explored from May to October for perfect weather.
The North Gili Islands are well connected to Lombok and provide a mix of restaurants and accommodation options. Start your snorkelling experience at Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno or Gili Air, or for fewer crowds, head to the South Gili islands near Sekotong. The South Gilis are home to 12 islands including Gede, Asahan and Layar. With Gede being the biggest, you’ll find accommodation options and a connection directly to Bali too. For those searching for the road less travelled, the Secret Gilis are in the east and well worth a visit (Gili Lampu, Gili Kapal), with some of the most untouched and rugged scenery.
Just a stone’s throw from Lombok is a colourful mix of reef and active marine life for you to encounter up close. Whether you explore the islands to the north or south, snorkelling during your stay in Lombok is a beautiful way to enjoy the sunshine, turquoise water and colourful fish.