Gili Asahan is undoubtedly the best for snorkeling among the South Gilis. The coral formations are a step above the North Gili Islands featuring reefs full of bright, soft corals, sheltering ghost pipefish, leaf fish, and pygmy seahorses among its many wonders. Even from your boat, you will see a kaleidoscope of fish and coral on the seabed around Gili Asahan.
There are a few popular snorkeling spots on the island, including Eagle Rock (west), Batu Belanda (north), and in front of Pearl Beach Resort (southeast). After exploring a healthy and diverse coral reef that inhabits the abundance of marine life, head over to a picturesque Pearl Beach. The other two spots aren’t very rich in corals. However, you’ll have a chance to explore massive rocks overgrown with thick seagrass that attracts moray eels, butterfish, sea stars, and stingrays. Gili Asahan village is the only inhabited part of the island where you can experience the authenticity and simplicity of local fishermen’s life.
On a private boat tour across South Gilis with Islander, you will wake up to the sound of birds and waves on Gili Asahan, as you’ll have little else for a company on this tiny isle, which takes just 1 hour to walk around. Gili Asahan remains unspoiled, unique, wild, trash-free, and one of the most eco-friendly of the South Gilis, with an atmosphere of balance and harmony, known to charm foreigners.