Gili Air is significantly less developed than Gili Trawangan but more so than Gili Meno, and has a laid-back, kampung-like (village) atmosphere.
There you can find all you need to be comfortable yet it maintains its rustic feel, attracting a broader age range of people, mostly travelers seeking a quieter retreat.
Many visitors to Gili Air are drawn in by its magical energy. Nightlife is more laid-back than on Gili T, with occasional parties held at various locations around the island. The east coast is home to the main tourist strip, with its lively dining, activity and entertainment options. On the west side, there is plenty of open space and the vibe is more chilled
Getting around Gili Air
Accommodation on Gili Air
Cafes, Restaurant & Bars on Gili Air
Things to do on Gili Air
Freediving / Apnea
Learn to become a breath-hold diver. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced freediver, the range of courses on Gili Air will train you to be more efficient with oxygen and provide you with the skills necessary to have you diving to depths of up to 20m in no time. For some, Apnea may be about diving deep and conquering inner fears while for others it’s a way to peacefully interact with the underwater world.
Gili Air has several amazing snorkel sites around the island. Masks & fins are abundantly available for rent at several kiosks, dive shops and resorts. Please bear in mind that the currents can get a little strong at low and high tide and it is not advisable to attempt swimming between the islands. You can also book snorkeling trips around the 3 Gilis, Gili Air, Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan.
Nightlife on Gili Air
Gili Air has a more laid-back party scene than Gili T. The east coast is the liveliest part of the island with a handful of bars and restaurants. Parties take place on several days of the week, rotating between different bars. Bear in mind that during the month of Ramadan (July) the party scene is a little more toned down. Follow us on facebook and twitter or check our events calendar for the latest updates on what’s going on.
Watch the Sunset
Head to the west side of the island, sit back with a couple of beers and watch the colors of the sky change as the sun sinks behind Bali’s Mount Agung.
Cycle around Gili Air
You can cycle around Gili Air in less than an hour for a healthy workout or cycle at your own leisurely pace and really get to know the island. Don’t forget to bring water and your snorkel equipment. A bike ride is extra special on Gili Air as half the journey offers majestic views of Mt. Rinjani on Lombok
There is a right hand break 500m off the south-west of the island called PlayGilis. Don’t be fooled by its name, however: the wave breaks over very sharp coral and rocks, providing solid barreling sections, making it more suited for experienced surfers. It is not a very consistent break but guarantees a solid session when it’s firing. There is another, more friendly break on the south of the island in front of Tami’s Neverland. Check the surf report for Gili Air here.
Turtle sanctuaries have been set up on all three Gili Islands and are dedicated to protecting turtle eggs from predators, providing a safe environment for hatching them as well as raising the young turtles for up to a year before releasing them back safely into the sea. The turtle sanctury on Gili Air is located within Oceans 5 Dive Resort at the harbor. Drop by to encounter these cute little creatures and learn more about them and the initiatives being put into action. Donations are also always greatly appreciated.
Stud Stables offers a unique opportunity to explore Gili Air on horseback. Ride down picturesque paths and through shady coconut groves then along the beach.
Learn how to make some famous Indonesian dishes by participating in a cooking class. The 3 hours class offers a unique opportunity to learn the secret of six tasty and delicious Indonesian dishes and Lombok specialties. Experienced teachers will guide you in English through a session of “completely hands-on” fun filled courses. One cooking station is shared by two and you will make and eat your own food. Gili Cooking Classes are located in the harbor, next to Oceans 5 Dive Resort.
Island Hopping between Gili Air, Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan
All three islands have their own unique style and a day spent island hopping is a good way to discover the Gili islands of your dreams. Each island is within short distance of the other and the waters between the Gilis are usually calm. Charter a local boat for a day of exploring, or arrange a package tour around the Gili islands that includes snorkelling and lunch on a one of the other Gili islands. There is also a public boat commuting twice a day between Gili Air, Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan.
The public boat leaves Gili Air at 8:30 am and 3 pm, stopping first at Gili Meno then at Gili Trawangan.
Go to Lombok
When heading to Lombok from Gili Air you have 4 choices:
- Charter a small speed boat to Teluk Nara, north Lombok.
- Take a fast boat heading towards Bali and depending on the company you will get dropped either at Bangsal, Teluk Nara or Senggigi.
- Charter a local boat at the harbor.
- Take the public boat to Bangsal, north Lombok. Public boats leave between 7:30 am and 5pm whenever there are enough people, minimum are 30 persons. If you get tired of waiting you can always speed up the process by purchasing the remaining seats needed to reach the minimum of 30 people. The public boat ticket is IDR 12.000