Gili Genting Island is one of the Gili Islands close to Lombok Island (Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara province). Gili Genting is located just off the tip of a white-sand peninsular jutting into the ocean (Bali Sea).
The word "Gili" translates as "small island", which explains why most of the isles around Lombok's coast have the "Gili" prefix in their names. There are a total of 280 small isles which the people of Lombok and Sumbawa named with the prefix "Gili".
Off Sekotong Peninsula there are 12 more Gili islands (West Lombok Regency). Their names are Genting, Amben, Anyaran, Asahan, Nanggu, Tangkong (where the luxury resort Dharma Gili is planned), Sudak, Poh, Lontar, Layar, Gede, Layar. Of the 12, Gili Poh is the smallest.
Gili Genting is a small island (basically a hill in the ocean). At high tide, it's separated from the mainland via a shallow stretch of water. At low tide, it's possible to walk out and explore the island.
The island's rock formations are actually ancient lava flows into which the ocean has carved all kinds of shapes, caves and tunnels.
Gili Genting Island cruise terminal
Most cruise ships to Gili Genting Island dock (anchor) at Surabaya located on Java's eastern coast.
The following map of Lombok Island shows all ports, bays, tourist destinations and attractions. The map also shows all the Gili Islands located around Lombok.
Tourism is among the island's most important sources of income. Lombok's west coast is the most developed tourism area with modern facilities. This region is centered around Senggigi. The west coast tourist area features over 30 km (19 ml) of coastline paralleled by a coastal road running between Mataram and Ampenan.
This well-developed tourism region extends to Tanjung (northwest) located near Mt Rinjani. It includes also the peninsulas Sire and Medana and the Gili Islands (located very close offshore). The three Gili Islands are usually accessed by tour boats leaving from Bangsal. also from Teluk Nare or Senggigi.
This part of Lombok Island has numerous hotels and seaside resorts ranging from budget to top-luxury. Fast boat services run regularly from Bali Island to Lombok, with direct connections to Gili Islands.
Among Lombok's other main tourist travel destinations are Mt Rinjani, Gili Bidara, Gili Lawang, the parks Narmada and Mayura, Kuta (popular with its white sand beaches) and Sekotong (popular scuba diving location).
Southern parts of Lombok Island are considered among the world's best surfing locations. The surfing season runs between late March and late September. Among the most popular sites is the Desert Point (at the island's southwestern tip).
At the northwestern coast (near Tanjung and the Gili islands) are located many of the island's luxury resorts and villas. A new boat / yacht marina was built at Medana Bay.
The island's both premium golf courses are also here - Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club (near Pamenang) and GEC Rinjani Country Club (west of Mataram City).