Gili Air

Gili Air

The closest of the Gili islands to Lombok, Gili Air is accessible from Bali or Senggigi on Longbok by speedboat.

An excellent balance between the lively Gili Trawangan and the much more sedate Gili Meno.

Highlights

Beach – Hop on a bike, or walk if you are feeling more energetic, and you can easily circumnavigate the island and explore the excellent beaches.

The best beaches are in the Southwest of the island.

Accommodation – There are options for most budgets although the number of upmarket hotels has increased recently

Nightlife – Much quieter than Gili Trawangan but there is a good selection of bars including some iconic party nights and international DJ’s.

Food – There are a good selection of restaurants, many of these on the beachfront, offering a wide range of food with some exceptional seafood and BBQ.

Things To Do

A world class diving destination with options for beginners all the way through to the most experienced and adventurous divers.

The amount and diversity of marine life is truly incredible from the smallest creatures to spectacular and, much, larger fish.

Snorkelling with turtles on Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia. credit Guilaume Marques on Unsplash

For those who do not want to go diving then snorkeling is an excellent alternative with stunning marine life around the coral reef just a short swim from the shore. The current can be strong at times so beware.

Rent a bicycle and explore the island. Gili Air is just 5km around and with no motorised vehicles is perfectly safe to explore on two wheels. The ride is around 2 hours but may take you much longer as you stop at beaches, cafes or the odd bar on your trip.

Yoga is a popular activity on the island with a number of studios offering specialist activities.

Where To Stay

4**** Slow Private Pool Villas  consists of 10 contemporary luxury villas. Inspired by Balinese architecture

Turtle Beach Hotel boasts a sunrise view from the bar/restaurant right across the thatched-roof-environmentally-friendly bungalows.

3***KyGunAya Villa is an excellent option for couples and families

Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia. Credit Bernard Hermant on Unsplash
Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia. Credit Benedict Adam on flickr

PinkCoco Gili Air bills itself as the sexiest hotel on the island with the best spot to enjoy the stunning sunset

Sunrise Resort sits on a wonderful white coral sand beach with some of the best snorkeling on the island just a short swim away

2**Gili Matiki offers you a place of relaxation and chill out in the center of the island just 2 minutes from the beach

Segar Villages offers family friendly, value for money accommodation

Photo credit Federico Enni on Unsplash

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