Traveling to Lombok is not complete without visiting one of Lombok’s small islands or what local people call Gili. In Lombok, Gili means small islands. We have to tell you there are about 33 small islands surrounding Lombok Main Island and Gili Kondo is just one of them. Maybe, the small island is not as popular as Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, or Gili Air but it keeps something special for every visitor. This small island offers something different that will never be found on any other Gilis. Kondo Island is specially created for families. This island has beautiful marine life that will be good for your children. By watching underwater life, your children will learn about how to love and care the nature. Because Kondo Island is quiet, couples can easily get their romantic vacation here. Its calm and serene atmosphere is perfect for the honeymoon.
Once again, do not forget to include Gili Kondo on your Lombok trip plan. Kondo Island is located in the Sambelia region in the East Lombok District. It is floating on Alas Trait, which is a small strait between Sumbawa and Lombok Island. If you want to reach the small island, you have to use a boat from PadakJuar port, which is located about 2.5-hour drive from the capital city of Mataram. If you have reached the small port, you can try to find a public boat ferry that will travel directly to Kondo Island. From the port, you just need about 15 minutes and you will be able to put your feet on Kondo’s beach.
One thing you have to remember when you want to go to a small private Kondo Island is that you have to plan every single thing in detail. It is because the tourist facilities on the island are not as good as other Gilis. In Kondo Island, there is only one resort that you can use at night. That is why, if you are planning to stay on the island. You need to book ahead. However, there is also another option you can use, which is camping outdoors. But, there is no outdoor gear rental here, so you need to bring your own camping equipment, including water and food. Entering this island is free, so you do not need to bring a lot of cash.
Gili Kondo has attracted so many tourists. It has clean white sand combined with blue sky water. Though the island is small, there are some interesting activities you can do here. Many tourists who come here spend their day sunbathing under the sun while watching the beauty of the beach and open water. If you love to exercise, you can play beach volleyball or island hopping. Such activities will make your vacation more exciting.
Although beach activities are popular, most tourists came to this island for underwater activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving. Kondo Island is the place for coral reservation with so many species of fish living around. To watch underwater life, you do not need to dive too deep. You will easily find colorful and beautiful coral and fishes just 1 or 2 meters deep.