To the west of Lombok (1): Gili Nanggu

Indonesia - Lombok - Sekotong - Getting ready to Gili Nanggu

At Sekotong pier, getting ready to Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

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 …

Indonesia - Lombok - Me on the boat to Gili Nanggu

Me on a boat to Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

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.

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - The beach

Here’s the beach looks on the right from where I stood at Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - The beach (to the left)

Here’s the beach looks on the left from where I stood at Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - Inside the island (1)

Relaxing area inside the Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

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.

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - The trees - Winter Sonata

Does this look like Winter Sonata setting? What do you think? :) – at Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

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.

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - The back of the island

At the back of the island: There are some barriers on the beach – at Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

I started my walk from that beach to the left side … Meaning I walked to the west and facing the sun :o

As I walked on the beach, I didn’t find anything special rather than a few dead trunk on the beach.

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - Around the island - 01 - Dead tree

Dead tree on the beach at Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

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.

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - Around the island - 02 - Big boulder

The big boulder on Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - Around the island - 03 - The entrance (hole) below big boulder

Yes … Walk through this way ;) – under the big boulder at Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

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.

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A hidden beach, and another reef at Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - Around the island - 05 - Another hidden beach

Another hidden beach and another reef! LOL :D – at Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

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.

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - Around the island - 06 - Finally the beach

Finally … The beach! – at Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

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!

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - Around the island - 07 - Pretend to be a screen-1

The sunset point in Gili Nanggu (Lombok, Indonesia)

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.

Indonesia - Lombok - Gili Nanggu - The accommodation

Gili Nanggu cottage & bungalow (Lombok, Indonesia)

And if you like this post, please share :) :) Thank you.

If you want to read my blog post in Lombok, just click ‘Lombok‘ in the cloud tag on the right, or you can click here.

If you just want to read my blog post about Gili islands, including Gili Trawangan and Gili Air, you can just click here.

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

Author: timothywp

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  1. 2 thn lalu suami, saya dan adik ipar ke Gili Nanggu. Kami bawa botol isi roti trus kasih ke ikan, ehh ikan byk yg berdatangan :D. Air lautnya jernihh bisa liat dasarnya. Kami makan siang di resto sana, lihat2 penginapannya juga tp ga nginep saya ngeri soalnya di tengah laut, kuatir ada kriminalitas hehe *kebanyakan nonton film mikir macem2 :D.

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    • Wuiiihhh udah duluan ke sana :D
      Haha … Mikirnya udah yg macam2 duluan ya haha. Emang agak sepi ya? Kemaren keluar dari pulaunya masih sore sieh.

      Makanannya di restonya jg lumayan enak kok, porsinya jg banyak, ampe ga abis :(

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      • Pas siang ada lumayan pengunjungnya, makin sore makin sepi. Seharusnya rame2 makan-makannya :D.

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        • Waahh banyakan day trip sieh ya?

          Iya kemaren emang banyakan rombongan gitu lah … Cuma aku yg jalan2 sendiriann *uhuk* haha … :D

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  2. Wahh.. Sunset point nya cantik sekaliiiii.. And the reef journey was funny :))

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  3. aaak, saya belom kesampaian maen ke sini :D mau banget maen ke gili nanggu :D

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  4. baru tau ada sunset point-nya, duh kok bisa kelewat ya..

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      • jangan cuma tunjukin, tapi fotoin juga ;) #ngelunjak

        btw ini masih jauh gak lokasinya sama winter sonata? jadi inget belum posting foto2nya..

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        • Wakakak boleh2 … Mau foto loncat jg boleh, asal jgn loncat ke bawah ;)

          Hmm semestinya deket sieh ya, soalnya dr bukit itu ada jalan menuju (sepertinya) area ‘Winter Sonata’ itu … :)

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    • Hahaha … Lumayan seru juga ya, keliling Nanggu ini :-)

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    • Bolehhh … Nti dikabari link-nya ya kl blog postnya uda jadi :-)

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  5. Is Lombok where Rinjani is? I wanna go here too! SOON! :)

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    • Yes it is! U want to climb Rinjani! Nice .. When is ur plan? :D

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  6. waktu ke lombok, belum sempet nge-eksplor sampe ke gili nanggu. Masih banyak gili2 lain yng sama cantiknya dengan gili trawangan, air, dan meno. Lombok nggak pernah bosen buat di jelajahin nih

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    • Iya masih banyak kok … Dan sama blum explore semua Lombok … Masih banyaaakk lagi haha :-)

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