Snorkeling is a beach or marine park tourism activity that is quite fun by using simple tools such as “Mask” or google like glasses for water that covers most of the face including the nose so that it does not enter water, with this object you can literate in a drowned head in the water, “Snorkel” is a breathing tube connected through the mouth up (air) on the snorkel there is a kind of grip in the mouth by being bitten so that it is not easily released from the mouth, you can also dip it into the water to the end of the hose Connecting to the air entering the water while holding the breath to dive to a depth of several meters depends on how long you can hold your breath.
For the purpose of getting closer to the object in the snorkeling spot, after that when you connect it back into the air, the water that enters the snorkel hose can be blown until the water that comes in is blown out without having to remove the snorkel from the mouth to remove water in it but this can done for people who are used to snorkeling. Now these two things are the most important in doing snorkeling activities, while other additional tools such as “fin” or more easily understood are referred to as feet-frogs because when people use it looks like a frog with a long leg shape with a wide foot fin shape easy pedaling, this tool is additional so that when snorkeling is faster to do movements in all directions: left, right, front and bottom, but that is for people who are used to using this tool, if not used this tool will only make it difficult even sometimes resulting in legs becoming cramps.
In doing snorkeling activities, it is very supportive for those who have often snorkeled and there are even some participants who are very disappointed if they do not get fin facilities or are disappointed to not be able to rent fin because for snorkeling sharing on Gili Trawangan fin does not include the facilities provided on the boat and to get it you can rent with a rental price of between Rp 10,000 – Rp 20,000 per pair, the price depends on the condition because fin also consists of various classes with various brands, shapes and prices that adjust the qualit“Lift jacket” or called liftvest, this is very needed for participants who cannot swim or are not good at swimming but snorkeling using a life jacket you will not be able to maneuver like going into the depths with the intention of wanting to get closer to the fish or want to be close when you see a turtle that is more blank on the reef, see the marine park and the fish contained in it, using a life jacket it looks like the fin doesn’t need to be used because the benefits are not maximal.
Snorkeling is a very cheap alternative when compared to diving activities because the tools used for diving are very expensive and use more prepared tools such as wetsuit, oxygen canisters and other knick knacks, participants must have a license to be able to do fun dive besides All equipment in general is outside production. For one diving, it only lasts 45 minutes for one spot and costs more than US $ 35 / person or one dive + Rp 50,000 for coral reef conservation costs managed by the foundation, “Gili Echo Trust” developed by Caucasians, Caucasians, instructors diver on Gili Trawangan, but also needs to be recognized that diving provides a sensation that is much different than snorkeling
For those who have never snorkeled, I suggest you try it, the theory is very easy, on the boat, please ask to be taught how to use the right tool to guide the snorkel on the boat before splashing into the water, but wait for the other participants to come down to the water to snorkel. The most important thing to take into account is that there are things that we never expected, namely: If people are not familiar with this trip, they will experience seasickness with an indication that the head feels dizzy, cold sweat and will end up vomiting, removing all stomach contents, but there is some people also can stand without feeling this complaint.
Targeting people who will experience vomiting or seasickness is usually for those who are trying to be on a boat without going to snorkeling, another thing that needs to be avoided when snorkeling is not to get sea water into the nasal cavity or mouth especially until it can swallow it in. into the throat, this will usually make the head feel dizzy and will lead to seasickness, this will trigger our mind to immediately edge to stay away from the boat but what if we take part in trip sharing or public snorkeling because the participants consist of around 50 people , it is very unlikely that just because a few people feel dizzy or get seasick then we can ask the snorkel guide to steer the boat aside, but if our boat status is leased, private or chartered certainly no party will object.
The choice of snorkeling in this way is common in Gili Trawangan, only by paying a ticket worth Rp 100,000 / person without a reservation, surely you have got a seat on the boat with full boat capacity, there is no limit as long as the boat is considered able to accommodate participants, but the minimum limit is determined approximately under 10 participants but don’t be afraid, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to do snorkeling at that time. Usually participants who are less passengers will be shared with other places or to other snorkeling services, unless there are certain times to watch out for during the visiting season, especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays, in Gili Trawangan especially on the east coast of the island will change like sea of human.
Of course, times like this if I really intend to snorkel, I suggest that you immediately reserve in advance or at least one day before, participants have prepared the equipment on the glass bottom boat or boat trip specifically for snorkeling facilities below. there is a glass to see fish or marine park from the boat as you can see in the picture above, this is for those who do not want to go down to snorkel, from this glass the participants can see the situation under the boat trip, but it is certainly far more exciting if participants can go down to the water to snorkel because seeing from the glass on the boat is not much better like watching from a television screen.
Tools prepared on the boat: Google, Snorkel, Life jacket for those who are less swimmer and bottled water bottles of 600 ml of mineral water, for fin or foot-frogs are not included in the package price of Rp 100,000 / person, you must rent a range of Rp 10,000 – IDR 20,000 per pair depending on conditions. This trip departure schedule starts at 10.30 am until 03.00 pm but must check in first 30 minutes before departure, this trip will visit spots on Gili Meno and spot on Gili Air there is a stop for lunch approximately 1 hour or even more long if the season is visiting because the restourant will be flooded with orders but lunch pay for itself at the beachside restaurant or can also take food on the boat because the food is quite expensive as well as the range of Rp 50,000 to Rp 60,000 for class me goreng and gado-gado.
Before leaving for snorkeling, it is advisable to bring bread which is used or which is expired to feed the fish or bread to be used for eating fish when snorkeling, which is definitely cool when you sprinkle bread in front of you then the fish will come grabbing in peace – Even if our bread and our bread is slightly visible in the fist, the fish that are starving will head your hand to grab the bread in the fist, which is certainly not the big fish, the range of the palm, especially this you can do it on the spot located on Gili Air. About 30 minutes before 3 o’clock the snorkeling guide will take us on a boat to get back to Gili Trawangan. If your arrival consists of a large group, I suggest long ago to reserve this trip so we try your group to be on the same boat or if your group consists of 30 people you can pay this trip 100,000 / person but can use a special boat and choosing a departure time is more flexible without having to be affected by other participants as well as if the boat is sharing.
This alternative snorkeling is the same as “public snorkeling” only the departure time only from 01:00 am – 05:00 pm and the price is more expensive Rp 150,000 / person and if less than 15 participants are canceled, the advantage of alternative snorkeling is usually not too huddled on the Trip boat, can avoid the crowds of the public group snorkeling at snorkeling spots because the snorkeling spot is just a location, not all beaches are good snorkeling places and before snorkeling you can have lunch before the trip starts and there is time to find a lunch location according to your will. Why do I say alternatives? Well this is indeed an alternative schedule because there are several reasons and the reasons for this are because:
- Very often tourists come to Gili Trawangan by using fast boats from Bali directly to the port of Gili Trawangan but unfortunately they cannot follow the schedule of “Public Snorkeling” because the speed boat arrival schedule from Bali is the earliest around 10:30 am while at that time it is the scheduled Public departure Snorkeling was not a chance to snorkel on the day of arrival while the agenda was to stay at Gili Trawangan only overnight and tomorrow morning to check out the hotel at 11:00 am.
- Often tourists who stay in Senggigi, Mataram, Kuta Lombok or from other places arrive late to arrive on Gili Trawangan for various reasons, especially those who are most often due to wake up late so that the plan that should arrive on Gili Trawangan at 10:00 am actually arrives at 11:00 am and finally left behind to follow the Public Snorkeling schedule.
- Sometimes there are other causes, tourists who had already calculated the time to arrive on Gili Trawangan at 10:00 am turned out to be stuck in traffic due to many kinds of causes that were never expected and eventually lost time on the road, and most often if tourists came by using Public Boat crossing transportation because it is too long to queue to wait for a full boat
- An alternative way to still be able to take part in the Public Snorkeling so that you don’t pay more is Rp. 150,000 when you check out at a lodging or hotel where you stay, you should be able to make sure that the luggage is left in the hotel office if allowed or can leave luggage where you buy a Snorkeling trip ticket
Snorkeling Small Group
Snorkeling Small Group participants can be controlled by guides
Snorkeling with this small group is intended for participants who are less happy with too many people on the boat and also at snorkeling spots there are snorkeling boats crowded with passengers meeting other groups in the same place at the same time so that the number of people who snorkel almost become thousands people especially during high season or visiting season if you do not like this situation you can use alternative snorkeling with a small group with a smaller boat and the participants are limited in capacity to a maximum of 10 people and a minimum of 4 participants on a boat trip.
It appears that the Lucky Trip boat is the largest with a capacity of hundreds of participants
Participants will be charged Rp. 250,000 / person or the price will be Rp. 150,000 / person if the participant of more than 15 people apart from the group is a little too, the departure time is changed earlier at 08.30 am or the second trip you can do at 01.00 pm because in general the departure time to snorkel on Gili Trawangan from the north to the south end at 10.30 am you can imagine a boat with an average capacity of 40 participants and up to 60 participants even from one of the “Lucky Trip” snorkeling services having a basic boat with a capacity of up to 125 participants. If multiplied by the number of boats departing from other snorkeling services, approximately 17 boats, almost thousands of people snorkeling from Gili Trawangan.
At the same time, it is divided into several spots, not including those who snorkel from Gili Meno and Gili Air, and those who snorkel on the beach without using a boat trip are sure that the peak season will be 2 thousands more people who will be snorkeling at the same time, inspired from Caucasians and Caucasians who complain, he said when they were snorkeling they saw more people than seeing fish. “We are not seeing fish but every where we see people,” he said, because not all beaches are good for snorkeling. the only place that innovates the departure schedule and the small number of participants that is where I recommend on the “Sea Star Tour” which is located in front of the art market or when the night will turn into a Food Market on the beach, there we give the name ” Special Snorkeling is more complete equipment including fin and bread to eat fish.
In this case the boatman will control the boat and you will control the boatman, which means that all your requests will be heard more than the large number of participants, including you can ask to be moved aside or even down to go up to the other island if you want to walk walk 15 minutes on Gili Meno or on Gili Air, also include being able to choose restouran where to stop for lunch or just shop for snacks or soft drinks, the guide also more intentionally guides you but another thing if the participants have more than 15 people all that can carried out by mutual agreement.
Snorkeling Charter Boat
Boat Charter for capacity above 12 participants
Boat charters are another alternative if you come to Gili with a group or just want to snorkel privately but for this reason you have to book the most late one day before because considering the existence of a boat trip like this is very limited in Gili Trawangan when measured by the number of tourists coming visiting Gili Trawangan, boat charter includes boat, guide, snorkeling equipment and most definitely the most must have jacket lift because this is an appeal from the relevant apparatus for each boat to be facilitated with jacket lifts or life jackets for safety. The boats that appear on the side that we usually use for charter if more than 10 participants because the upper deck can also be used for passengers sitting on it and it seems more fun to enjoy the open atmosphere while selfy or take pictures with your friends, if you want less than 10 of us prepared another boat of the same size but no upper deck as shown in the picture
The duration for a 4 hour snorkeling boat charter can also be reduced in duration but the price can be reduced by just a little and also the duration can increase how much negotiable price must be added but for a 4 hour duration in my opinion is enough, there are 2 types of charter boats namely: Glass bottom boat (the glass is below to see fish from the boat) and the normal boat is the normal boat with no glass underneath. Please choose according to taste but what is normal is that the boat is cheaper, less than 15% of the glass price. bottom boat.
Gili Bahari Boat with a capacity of 60 participants
For some people using glass bottom boats is considered not too important, especially for Caucasians, Caucasians who are generally good at swimming, because it is far better and more cool to dive into the water than looking from a boat through a glass, it is only possible if there is a small child in groups or maybe there are mothers who are lazy to take off their robe dresses or there are participants who cannot swim even though a life jacket has been prepared or there may be participants who do not have changing clothes or there are lazy participants who are wet, who are sure to go down using snorkeling equipment far better sensation because you can directly blend with fish in the water.
The boats in Gili Trawangan mostly use wood and there are some who use Viber material, for the price of the boat charter is very flexible depending on the season of visit and certainly depends on the number of participants who participate because separately snorkeling equipment is rented elsewhere if the supply is insufficient . The rental price is analyzed at Rp 900,000 / 2 people and for each additional number of participants Rp 100,000 / person and has been prepared on board equipment: Mask, Snorkel, Fin, Jacket life jacket and guide will lead this trip. For the visiting season we will increase the price by 10% given the many requests except for public snorkeling prices of 100,000 / person but the service conditions cannot be maximized because the participants are too many and a little difficult to control and at risk of not being able to take the trip because during the visit season it cannot be accommodated and must be aggressive on board the boat before it is declared full.
Snorkeling Equipment Rental
If you want to snorkel only just rent snorkeling equipment on Gili Trawangan you can get it very easily, along the coast on Gili Trawanagan especially the east coast you can see directly the equipment openly hanging on the top of a place that resembles a rag because in the stomach Rombong is a storage place for snorkeling equipment after being washed or after being returned by the tenants, cleaned with Sun light or Mama Lemon soap. The rental price for a set consisting of Mask, snorkel and fin is around IDR 30,000 – IDR 50,000 depending on conditions.
Location of the place where the snorkelers are at the beachside of Gili Trawangan
If the visiting season of any price on Gili Trawangan will increase very drastically, including snorkeling equipment, the price is determined at will, meaning that the previous IDR 30,000 / set will be offered to IDR 50,000 / set, it is already business law if the demand is more than the inventory, the price can change , how about the normal jacket lift or life jacket around Rp. 15,000 – Rp. 20,000 for one time use the rental price is not calculated based on how long we use it.
OK, before renting snorkeling equipment you should first ask the local people or people who know where the snorkeling locations are good because in Gili Trawangan not all beaches are good snorkeling places, as far as I know in front of the Villa Ombak hotel a little to the south is very good for snorkeling locations or on the north side of Gili Trawangan there are large coral reefs such as an average 1 cubic cubicle which is inhabited by a type of Gropper or a type of fish that is quite large but no ornamental corals appear here .
The newest snorkeling spot in the western part of Gili Meno
For that reason, if renting equipment must also be measured to what extent you have to carry from the location of the rent to the location of snorkeling if not so you have to rent a bicycle and rent snorkeling equipment like Caucasians, if they feel that the snorkeling location is not good they can moving to a location farther away according to people’s recommendations and what is certain when parking a bicycle must be converged so that the comfort of the snorkel is not to think about what the bike will bring or not because it often happens on Gili Trawangan.
NOTE: For all use of snorkeling equipment must be accounted for if it occurs lost or released while snorkeling especially fin, mask and snorkel. If this happens, immediately report to the snorkel guide so that it can be taken, if it cannot be taken because it falls at a depth that is difficult to reach, then the participant must compensate for the falling instrument by 75% of the price in the shop.