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Gili Islands

Indonesia has many famous places for the quality of the waves, such as Bali, Java, Nias and the Mentawai Islands, but few people know that between Bali and Lombok there are 3 paradisiac islands where you can go surfing: the Gili Islands.

The Gili Islands are located in the sea channel that separates Bali from Lombok. They are composed of 3 very small islets: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.

The most beautiful island is definitely Gili Trawagan. It’s composed mainly of white sand beaches and has nothing to envy to those of the Maldives. The surrounding crystal clear waters and coral reefs annually attract many divers and diving centers are in the business. This island is also famous for its magnificent sunsets that every day take place in the southern area. The sun slowly disappears behind the mountains of Bali, orange and red blanketing the ocean and the Island of the Gods. At sunset the whole island can be found at The Shak to greet the day just passed, in front of a nice beer. Then the evening continues with lively parties on the beach.

In order to get to the Gili, we recommend taking a speedboat from Bali (



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The only spot is located on the southern tip of the island, just after the Vila Hombak hotel. It's a frequent, fun and fast right wave breaking over a live coral reef. It works with swells from the south west, and, for this reason, the best time is from May to September. The Surfplanner team surfed this wave in August 2012. Waves were always around 1 meter high, but one day during a big swell (in Bali for the Rip Curl Padang Padang there were waves 5 meters high) we scored a large set of waves above 2 meters high. The waves on the reef unrolled with an impressive speed, creating deep barrels. It was like being in the famous surf movie "Morning of the Earth".

Up to the meter, the spot is recommended also for beginners and intermediates, but pay attention to big waves coming from the open sea, in that case if you are not well positioned, try to paddle out as much as possible to prevent that the wave breaks in front of you.

The island of Gili Air has one spot. It is well covered and works only with W-SW big swells and W-NW offshore wind, but when it’s on, it’s on, making huge barrels you cannot forget.




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