surfing in gili islands

Surfing the Gili Island waves

Those who have surfed out the waves of Bali’s major surf points: you’re not running out of surfing options just yet. If you’re looking to find new and epic waves – visit Lombok’s Gili islands, about a two hour boat trip from Bali’s harbors.

Surfing the Gili islands hasn’t penetrated the local surf scene, unlike Bali that has earned a global charm. For this reason, the Gilis are an ideal destination to surf, as the crowds are smaller and the waves are as brilliant as Bali’s. Word travel fast, however, so let’s go over why we should take advantage of what the Gili islands have to offer.

Patagonia Xpress offers fast boat services from Bali to the Gilis. If you’re interested to embark on your next surf adventure, we’ll take you to the Gili’s shores safe and sound!

surfing in gili islands

Gili as a holiday destination

Each island boasts its own unique allure, including its waves. Gili Trawangan is the popular one out of three, attracting backpackers and holidaymakers for its party scene. Gili T’s quieter siblings, Gili Air and Gili Meno manage to retain its local character, mostly appealing to honeymooners and travelers looking for a tranquil getaway.

Surfing in Gili Trawangan

Gili T is a secret blessing for surfers. Those who can drop fast waves will have the time of their lives riding long, big swells with steep barrels in some parts. The wet season (January – June) can provide 1-2 meter (3-6 foot) swells.

  • Good for experienced surfers
  • Small to no crowds
  • Strong, hollow and fast
  • Best during high tides
  • Look out for sea urchins and rocks
  • Friendly locals
  • Lots to do when surf isn’t up

Surfing in Gili Air

Gili Air’s wave break is fast, short, hollow, and daring. Take extra care of strong currents and a treacherous reef during low tides.

  • Short and hollow break
  • Be careful of reef
  • Avoid surfing at low tide
  • Friendly locals
  • Beautiful views
  • Un-crowded

Surfing in Gili Meno

The break, popularly known as ‘Secrets’, is located 100m off the beach at the island’s southeast corner. On a good day, Secrets provide an impressive swell resulting in a fast, long, hollow right with ideal walls and barrels at parts. Be extra careful of the shallow reef.

  • Recommended for experienced surfers
  • Long hollow walls and tubes
  • Helpful locals
  • Careful of shallow reef
  • Inconsistent, but rewarding
  • Rustic desert island atmosphere

Taking a break from the Bali waves? Check out the wild barrels in the Gilis! Book a fast boat from Bali to Gili with Patagonia Xpress, where your safety and comfort are our top priority.