Gili Lampu is a popular tourist destination near Lombok Island. The small island is located in East Lombok, Indonesia. In English “Lampu” means lamp or lighting. The name was given because the island has a lighthouse that is used for helping ships. The lighthouse was built during the Japanese occupation.
In the 1970s, Gili Lampu was only a resting place for fishermen who searched for fishes around. The beaches were only used as traditional ports for fishermen. The tourism industry was established in the mid-1980s. People from Transad village worked and cleaned the beaches. In the mid-1990s, some small boats are used for picking up tourists from other Gilis or small islands nearby. Local people then worked with travel and tour agents. The result can be seen now, there are thousands of tourists from all over the world visiting the island every year.
What makes Gili Lampu popular? Lampu Island is beautiful and it has some magnificent beaches. Beaches around the small island are decorated with white sand and also clear blue water. We have told you there is a lighthouse here that becomes one of the main interesting spots for tourists who visit.
When you visit Lampu Island, you will find some exciting water activities. Many tourists love the island because they can swim in the sea without worrying about big waves and coral. Most of them are wearing snorkels because underwater life can be seen without having to dive deep. If you cannot swim, you do not have to worry because you can enjoy the beautiful views of the island. There are some spots you can use for it which were specially built by local people for tourists. If you visit the island, do not forget to watch the sunrise and the sunset because those are the most popular view here. Many tourists even claimed that the sunrise and sunset on Lampu Island are the best.
Different from Lombok’s main island, Lampu Island is quiet. You will not find many tourists who go there. Because of that reason, this island is perfect for a romantic vacation, including a honeymoon. However, during the school holiday season, Gili Lampu Lombok is usually full of students. On the island, your children will be able to play with the sand while you can relax and enjoy the sun. Sometimes, the lighthouse is opened for tourists who want to see the beauty of the island from the top.
Though the island is not familiar among tourists, it has sufficient tourist accommodations that will make your vacation more enjoyable. There are some public facilities you can find here, such as changing rooms and toilets. All facilities are operated and managed by local people, especially those who live in Transad village. To fulfill your daily needs, there are some small stalls that provide beverages and food. To stay on this island, you can rent bungalows because there are no hotels there. It is better for you to make a reservation.
You can go to Lampu Island by boat from Lombok or Gili Trawangan. Do not forget to bring your snorkel or diving equipment.