9 Best Snorkeling Spots in Lombok

Lombok is one of the tourist destinations in Indonesia, which is famous for its marine beauty. Even the popularity of Lombok has reached the ears of all over the world. Therefore, many international travelers are willing to spend their money to enjoy the underwater panorama of Lombok. Some of the places below are the best snorkeling spots in Lombok to witness the underwater wonders.

  • Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan is the most popular dyke in Lombok. Gili Trawangan is precisely located in North Lombok. This place is one of my favorite snorkeling spots because there are many fish, coral reefs, and various marine life here. In addition, here you will also find turtles and barracuda animals. If you stop by Gili Trawangan, snorkeling is a mandatory activity that should not be missed.

  • Gili Meno

Another best snorkeling spot in Lombok is Gili Meno, which is adjacent to Gili Trawangan. In addition to marine life, this place is also a habitat for turtles. Here, you will also find beautiful corals. Gili Meno is the right choice for those who want to enjoy tranquility because the atmosphere is not too crowded.

Although not as busy as Gili Trawangan, you will easily find accommodation for a staycation for a few days. To get to Gili Meno, you can travel from Bangsal Harbor or take a snorkeling trip usually provided on Gili Trawangan.

  • Gili Air

Gili Air is also the best snorkeling section in Lombok. This place holds the title of snorkeling paradise. The calm atmosphere is also very friendly for children. If you want to explore Gili Air, you can only use cidomo or ride a bicycle. The location of Gili Air is close to Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno. Snorkeling here will give you a pleasant sensation.

  • Gili Nanggu

If you are in West Lombok, go to Gili Nanggu for snorkeling. Gili Air is even called a private island that has soft white sand. Gili Nanggu is popular because of its very exotic and beautiful marine tourism. So make sure you stop by here while on vacation to Lombok.

  • Gili Rengit

It takes two hours from Mataram to get to Gili Rengit. Gili Rengit is one of the recommended snorkeling spots in Lombok. If you want to save on your vacation budget, you can go in groups because one boat costs 250,000 to 300,000. The capacity of the ship is ten people per trip.

Besides having beautiful views, Gili Rengit Island provides various facilities such as toilets, minibars, bungalows, and restaurants. The sea currents on Gili Rengit are also relatively calm, so you can enjoy the beauty of the sea safely and comfortably.

  • Gili Layar

Another option to explore the underwater beauty of Lombok is snorkeling on Gili Layar. You can do the best snorkeling in Lombok here, which is 25 km from Lembar Harbor. The journey from Lembar Harbor to Gili Layar will take approximately 30 minutes. Arriving here, you will be greeted with exotic white sand and clear sea water.

  • Gili Kondo

One of the best snorkeling in Lombok is Gili Kondo. This Gili is an island with a stretch of white sand with spectacular views. Gili Kondo is located in Sambelia District and is adjacent to Gili Bindara. The location is 50 km north of Selong. Access to Gili Kondo is quite easy, you can choose either the land route or the sea route. If you choose the sea route, you can use a wooden boat. During the trip, you will be treated to views of the vast forest to the backdrop of Mount Rinjani, which spoils the eyes.

  • Gili Kedis

Gili Kedis can be reached within 1.5 hours from Lombok International Airport or Mataram city center. Although this dyke is relatively small and only has a few trees with scattered sand, the underwater beauty is simply amazing. The sea water is very clear so you can see fish and other marine animals clearly.

  • Gili Petagan

Gili Petagan is a snorkeling spot in East Lombok. There is a mangrove forest which is a relic of the Japanese occupation. Try here to enjoy the sensation of unspoiled underwater beauty in Lombok.

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8 Tourist Destinations in Batam that Must Be Visited!

In recent years, the city of Batam has become one of the popular tourist destinations in the Riau Islands. As a port city, Batam has a strategic position because international trade routes pass it. In addition, this city also has a close distance and is directly adjacent to two countries in Southeast Asia, which are Malaysia and Singapore.

The development of tourism in Batam and its surroundings is very rapid. Its location close to Singapore makes Batam one of the tourist destinations for Singaporeans on vacation.

Not only natural attractions in the form of beautiful and enchanting beaches, but Batam also has other tourist attractions that are worth visiting. Read more about the places you can visit if you are in Batam!

  1. Barelang Bridge

This is the icon of the most popular city of Batam. The original name of this bridge is not Barelang. Barelang is an abbreviation of Batam-Rempang-Galang. The last two names are the two islands connected by this bridge.

Barelang Bridge consists of six bridges. The six bridges are Tengku Fisabilillah Bridge (bridge I) as the largest bridge; Nara Lion Bridge (bridge II); Raja Ali Haji Bridge (bridge III); Sultan Zainal Abidin Bridge (bridge IV); Tuanku Tambusai Bridge(V bridge); and the Raja Kecik Bridge (bridge VI). These bridges connect several islands, namely Batam, Watch, Nipah, Rempang, Galang, and Galang Baru.

Tengku Fisabilillah Bridge is the most popular bridge of all the bridges because of its unique shape and is a tourist destination visiting Batam. Besides being known as the Barelang Bridge, this bridge is often called the Habibie Bridge because it was pioneered by the former President of Indonesia B.J Habibie.

  1. Sea Forest Adventure

Located in Nuvasa Bay, Nongsa, Sea Forest Adventure with ​​10 hectares is the prima donna of new tourist attractions for Batam residents and local and foreign tourists. This place is suitable for spending time with family. The facilities in it are also very complete.

Sea Forest Adventure has the Aqua Adventure Track, a floating water park facility that is really fun! You can also try various watersports in this place, such as kayaking, jet-skiing, parasailing, and others.

Several activities, such as paintball, archery, tracking, and mangrove tours, are also provided for those of you who want to enjoy them.

  1. Hill of Smiles

Seeing the city of Batam from a height to activities at the port with boats going back and forth, you can do it from Smile Hill, located in Batu Aji, Batam. Not only that, but you can also see Singapore with clear visible, from this hill.

Smile Hill is also a favorite place to enjoy the sparkling night in the city of Batam and Singapore from a height. Yes, at night, the view is much more beautiful. You can also go on a culinary tour with several cafes around the hill.

  1. Batam Forest Top

If travel to the beach is too mainstream in Batam, you need to try a tourist spot that challenges your adrenaline when traveling to the city. Try visiting Batam Forest Top in the Bukit Dangas area, Sekupang. Here you can try out various exciting outbound games and play close to nature.

Some of the outbound games offered by Batam Forest Top include Tarzan Swing, Cargo Net, Tandem Rope, X-Walk, Zig-Zag Line, Flying Fox, and so on.

  1. Vietnamese Village

Batam also keeps the history of the past. If you want a historical tour in Batam, come to Kampung Vietnam, located on Galang Island. Through the Barelang Bridge, you can get to the island and see various relics in Kampung Vietnam.

In the past, when Vietnam experienced a civil war, many of its citizens fled. Many of the Vietnamese eventually arrived in Batam and settled there. Residential houses, places of worship, prisons, cemeteries and even museums and monuments were built there.

Now the 80 hectare village is no longer inhabited. However, various relics of Vietnamese citizens who eventually returned to their country after the war were still well preserved.

  1. Waterboom Queen Garden

Batam also has an exciting water boom, you know! You can enjoy various water rides in this place with your family. Only slides until there are 10!

For adults, an Olympic pool is provided with a depth of about 2 meters. As for the children, there is a unique swimming pool as well. If you just want to take a relaxing dip in the current pool, you can do that too! Waterboom Queen Garden is located in the Bengkong area, Batam.

  1. Tanjung Pinggir Beach

Located in the Sekupang area, Batam, this beach allows you to feel the charm of enjoying the sea, which is the national border between Indonesia and Singapore. From the beach, you can see a view of the Singapore landscape with its high-rise buildings from a distance. If you want to feel the beach in calm conditions, it’s a good idea to visit it early in the morning because this beach will be crowded from 08.00 AM onwards.

  1. Abang Island

For those who like snorkeling, Abang Island is a tourist destination in Batam that should not be missed. The waves are calm, so even those of you who can’t swim can enjoy snorkeling in the middle of the sea safely and comfortably. The clear water conditions allow you to see various marine life in it, from coral reefs to beautiful small fish like Nemo.

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