Gili are small islands that surround Lombok and this is the main attraction. The existence of this dyke has made Lombok a tourism paradise. One of the charming and beautiful dyke to visit is Gili Kondo and this is also our discussion in this article.
The Gili islands became famous and popular, maybe when the appearance of Gili Trawang and Gili Air for the first time. This is a golden opportunity for local residents to introduce charming and exotic dyke to foreign countries. Gili Kondo is a small island located north of Mataram or to be precise in the Sambelia Lotim area (East Lombok). Gili Kondo is one of the islands that is suitable as a tourist destination because of its strategic location. The condo is located between other gili-gili such as boat gili, gili lamp and gili bidara. To go to Gili Kondo, it can be accessed via the port of Padak Guar Beach.
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To get to the port of Padak Guar, it takes approximately 2.5 hours with a long journey of about 90 km from Mataram. After arriving at the port, tourists can go to Gili Kondo by boarding a fishing boat with an estimated sailing period of about 20 or 30 minutes.
Glancing at the beauty of Gili Kondo
Gili Kondo is a small island in Lombok which is still very natural and uninhabited. There are still living various marine life and fish typical of the waters of the East Sea of Indonesia. Why do you say Gili Kondo? According to sources, condo is the name of a bird species which in the past made its very large nest on this island. As a tourist spot with many visitors, Gili condo is filled with villas, cottages built for rent to tourists. But for those of you who want to travel here, you have to quickly book a place to stay so that you don’t run out because the available accommodation is very limited.
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If we look at the beach, the first beauty is the white sand which is very fine and soft. It’s so fine, when the white sand is reflected in the bright sunlight of Lombok, it will glow like a mirage. Then, a little closer to the sea water, we can see the beautiful gradations of sea water with darker colors along with the depth of the ocean. But on the edge of the beach the water is so clear that it makes the bottom of the beach visible.
The White Sand of Gili Kondo
The sand in Gili Kondo is unique sand which local residents call it pepper sand because it is perfectly round like a pepper. However, this small, small round sand is not found in all parts of the beach but only on some sides of the beach. Uniquely, after the hot pepper sand is heated until the afternoon, visitors can try to plant their feet into this sand and feel a warm sensation like being exposed to traditional massage therapy.
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Other activities that are no less interesting that can be found in East Lombok, especially Gili Kondo, are snorkeling and camping. Many of those who come to this condo island are for camping because all the equipment has been provided, even restaurants and other eating places are here including the baths. For newcomers who want to enjoy the beauty of Gili Kondo not to try to eliminate the beauty of this island such as looting, destroying coral reefs and others because this small island is a natural paradise that must be enjoyed forever.
The beauty of Gili Kapal
If you have been around this small island, you can enjoy other uniqueness that exists only at low tide. It is a mystery ship that is in the waters and can only be enjoyed when the tide is low. Gili Kapal is a sand dune shaped like a ship in the middle of the sea which is only visible when the sea water recedes, so this is called the mystery boat gili.
The area is not much, it is only about 2 meters, but it is very unique because it is in the middle of the sea. Standing in the middle of the dyke sand of the ship can find its own sensation because it is like standing alone right in the middle of a blue sea.
The beauty of Gili Bidara
Another thing that visitors can feel during low tide is walking in the middle of this sand dune to Gili Bidara. Gili Bidara is a small island but inhabited by many residents. Visitors can experience how to interact with friendly local residents, and live in this peace and relaxation.
Life on Gili Bidara is truly free from all the uneasiness and problems of life, every morning waking up with a beautiful and beautiful view of the green before the eyes. The life of the people in Gili Bidara is very different from life in urban areas which is full of competition and problems.
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The beauty of Gili Lampu
There is another hidden paradise of Lombok, namely Gili Lights. from Gili Bidara visitors can take a boat and sail to Gili Lampu which is a beautiful small island that is a paradise for snorkeling lovers. Here you will be faced with beautiful clear and blue waters and many beautiful fish that are sometimes not found elsewhere.
Route to Gili Kondo
To go to Gili Kondo, visitors walk from Mataram with a fairly long journey, so it’s best to use a private vehicle so they can rest at any time. From the city of Mataram visitors take the route Jalan Raya Mataram – Labuhan Lombok to the port of Pandan.
Then, from Labuhan pandan to Jalan Raya Sambelia. Walking about 5 km, there will be a pamphlet that leads to Padak Guar Beach on the right side of the road. If you are not sure, walk slowly and you should use Google Map as a helper to get there.
How much is the Gili Kondo entrance ticket?
Speaking of entrance tickets to Gili Kondo, visitors do not need to pay a ticket because entry to Gili Kondo is free. However, to use the facilities provided there, of course, visitors must pay for it. It is important to know that in the vicinity of the condo island there are no emergency needs such as medicine, drinks and food, so every visitor please prepare accordingly.
For those who want to go around the island by boat, around Padak Guar Beach there is a fishing cooperative that offers tour packages to go around the islands along Lotim (East Lombok). the price varies depending on the type of package taken. If you just go and go home without staying, the price is usually around 25,000 per person. This tour package is carried by a boat with a passenger of about 10 people.
Gili Kondo address: Jalan Raya Sambelia, Labuhan Pandan village, Kec. Sambelia Kab. East Lombok NTB (West Nusa Tenggar). Map to Gili Kondo map.