Snorkeling Indonesia, Beach Trekking, and Homestays Off the Beaten Path in East Java
Looking for an off-the-beaten-path snorkeling Indonesia beach holiday, with beach trekking and homestays? Indonesia is reported to have 30% of the coral reefs and 35% of the reef fish species in the world. The water temperature in Indonesia averages 28-30°C (82-86°F).*
This tour is perfect before or after a Kalimantan orangutan tour (or other eco tour), the Indonesian part of Borneo. It is best from the end of February until September, as the weather is usually perfect for this type of touring. Please note, boat trips and snorkeling depend on the weather conditions.
Note: gili is the Indonesian word for small island.
3 DAY/2 NIGHT TANJUNG ITINERARY FOR GILI LABAK (SNORKELING/BEACH TREKKING/HOMESTAYS)
Pristine and serene Gili Labak is off the coast of Madura Island in East Java, Indonesia.
Airport Pickup (Surabaya)/Sumenep, Madura Island/Gili Sembilan
Your guide will meet you at the Bandar Udara International Juanda airport in Surabaya (SUB/WARR) or Gedangan airport in Surabaya (WRSS). You will most likely arrive at Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport, but some Indonesian flights may arrive at Gedangan.
We will drive to Madura Island (Pulau Madura), stopping at a local restaurant for lunch along the way. It will take approximately four hours to arrive at the homestay. When we arrive, we will trek around the beach, enjoy dinner, and stay overnight.
Gili Sembilan/Perahu (Madura’s Local Boat)/Gili Labak
The local guide and local boat will pick you up from the homestay, and take you to Gili Labak at 03.00 in the morning. We will enjoy the sunrise en route to Gili Labak on Madura’s local boat, the Perahu; the trip takes about two hours. When we arrive, we will have breakfast, and then trek around Gili Labak, where the local guide will explain everything about the area. After lunch we will go snorkeling, enjoy the sunset, and stay overnight at our homestay.
Gili Labak/Perahu Boat Sembilan/Perahu (Madura’s local boat)/Tanjung Harbor/Surabaya Homestay
We will wake up for a Gili Labak sunrise and enjoy breakfast on the island. We will return by boat to Tanjung Harbor, where a car will meet you and take you to Surabaya, with a lunch stop at a local restaurant on Madura Island along the way. You will stay overnight at the Holistic Homestay in Surabaya, and on the next day, you can fly to your next destination from Surabaya airport.
OPTIONAL SIDE TRIP: COBAN SEWU MALANG WATERFALL
Coban Sewu is a splendid, approximately 100-meter waterfall, a natural, scenic destination in East Java, south of Surabaya. The air is fresh and cool, and there are a number of waterfalls, as well as food stalls. A side trip to Coban Sewu can be easily combined with a trip to Gili Labak and/or a Kalimantan (Borneo) eco tour.