When I started to know about Lombok, I know that it has a lot of little islands around it. This little islands are called ‘gili’.
The famous of all the gilis would be Gili Trawangan (Gili T), and the 2 gilis next to it, Gili Air and Gili Meno.
And then I read, that there’s another gili that becomes quite famous, located in the west of Lombok. It’s called: Gili Nanggu.
Not only I read, but my friend has mentioned about this several time. That’s why, in my recent visit to Lombok early this month (June 2013), I already put Gili Nanggu in my itinerary.
Gili Nanggu is part of West Lombok. There are 3 more gilis beside Gili Nanggu. Those are Gili Tangkong, Gili Sudak, and Gili Kedis.
The plan was to go there with my friend, but apparently she preferred to extend her stay in Gili T.
And the plan had to go on …
I started early from Gili Trawangan, and hoping to get a boat to Lombok before 10AM. Luckily, not long after I bought the ticket, the boat was full and ready to go.
Ading, my guide, has already waited me in Bangsal.
I think Ading said that there are a few routes to Gili Nanggu (sorry if I was wrong), we chose to cross from Sekotong. I think it took us about 2-3 hours (I can’t remember the exact time) to reach there from Bangsal, and from Sekotong, we continued with a boat more look like a fishing boat. There’s no public boat like in Bangsal, that’s why I needed to book a single boat for a day.
It’s already lunch time, but I preferred to have my lunch in Gili Nanggu rather than in Sekotong.
After less than 30 minutes, we’ve already reached Gili Nanggu, and there were already quite plenty of people on the island.
There’s only 1 accommodation on the island, and there’s only 1 eating place there, so I decided to have lunch first before I started exploring the island.
I was told by the accommodation manager that many people is using this island for honeymoon, as there’s an area that looks like the setting of ‘Winter Sonata’ (Korean TV series). I think he’s referring to Nami Island (?). I’ve never watched the show, so I would never know haha! He also said that there’s a sunset point on a hill at the back of the island.
So from the restaurant, I just walked to the beach at the back of the island.
And then I found an area where the trees are (seemed to be) arranged side by side on the left and right side of a sand ‘road’. Is this what he referred to the similar setting in ‘Winter Sonata’? Well I guess so, because this arrangement looks quite nice.
Rather than followed that ‘road’, I decided just went straight to the beach.
The beach was actually quite and the wave was considered quite strong, even there are some concrete cylinder (functioning as barriers) on one area of the beach. I met a local there, and he told me that I could find a boulder if I walked to the left of the island.
I started my walk from that beach to the left side … Meaning I walked to the west and facing the sun
As I walked on the beach, I didn’t find anything special rather than a few dead trunk on the beach.
Then I saw reef on the beach, and I guess, my walk is starting to get more interesting.
When I stepped on that reef and looked to the left, I saw that big boulder that the local guy just told me. But … Then I was thinking, ‘hmm … I think the only way to continue my walk was to walk under the boulder, which is safer, rather than walk around outside the boulder’. Yep, the ‘entrance’ under the boulder is enough for me to walk through.
I thought, after I walked through this, I would only find beach and beach, but well … no. After the boulder, I found ‘little’ hidden beach, and another reef.
‘Hmm, should I continue or should I not?’
Unknowing of what would I encountered after this, I decided to continue my walk on that reef.
And what did I find … Another reef, and I could see that I would only find another reef after that lol.
What concerned me at that time was that I was alone, and the thinking of whether the tide was getting high and high. Haha.
At first, I was just taking picture here and there, but when that thinking of ‘the tide was getting high’, I just want to walk to find the beach as fast as I could! Even I needed to jump from one reef to the next reef, and creep at a reef.
Then finally, I saw the beachhhh!!!
So I took this final photo of my journey through the reef! Lol.
Phiew!! What a relief!
On my way back, I saw something like a stair to inside the island, and another stairs to the hill. So I remembered about the sunset point that the manager told me earlier.
On the top of the hill I saw like a square on the tip of the hill. Well, in my imagination it would be looked like a TV screen with the scenery of the sea and sky as the background. Interesting and very creative. This would be much beautiful during the sunset!
Apparently, this was used a setting of an event that took place sometime ago. There’s a musical performance of local bands (Slank, Coklat band, etc). I could imagine that the concept was great, and it would ‘capture’ the sunset moment beautifully as the background.
Well this is the end of my walk in Gili Nanggu. It was really interesting, especially the ‘journey on the reef’ haha!
Anyway, if you’re interested to stay in Gili Nanggu, you could visit their website >> Gili Nanggu Cottage & Bungalow.
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For accommodation, there are several accommodation that I have tried in Lombok islands and Gili, and you can check here for the photos and simple review : Place That I Stay