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Gili Air

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About Gili Air

This is the closest Gili (small island) to Lombok of the popular three Gilis (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Gili Air). Gili Air was seen as the domain of families and couples wanting a quiet, off-the-beaten-path escape, while the rowdier hoardes had their fun on Gili Trawangan. With Trawangan now upscaling so obviously, more and more backpackers seem to be chosing Gili Air as their primary option. This island has more of a rural, established feeling than the other two, and it is no surprise that many of the local Gili Islanders seem to prefer living on Gili Air, and that it has the highest permanent population of about 1,800.

Most of the accommodation and other tourism facilities are on the south and east coasts, facing Lombok. The boat landing is in the centre of the south coast. A coastal path leads you around the perimeter of the island, and a leisurely stroll all the way around will take about 90 min. For such a small island, the maze of paths that criss-cross the island can get surprisingly confusing, but these always lead back to the coast path eventually.

Getting to Gili Air

You can read section about travel from Bali to Gili Air

Getting Around

Walking is the best option as you can wander around the whole of Gili Air in about 90 minutes.

Bicycles are widely available for rent for Rp 30,000-50,000 per day. Some hotels might give you one as part of your accommodation package.

There are fewer horse carts (cidomos) here than on Gili Trawangan, but they are still not hard to find. If you are planning an early morning departure and have heavy bags, it is wise to ask your hotel the day before to book a cidomo for you.

What To Do

  • Walking
    The small island is very pleasant for walk. With just only less than 2 hours, visitors can explore all beachside of the island. The stunning views came from the Lombok island landscape, and Mount Rinjani in north.
  • Surfing
    There are some places provide surf boards for rent.
  • Diving
    There are numbers of licensed dive operators in Gili Air:

    1. Blue Marlin Dive
    2. Dream Divers
    3. Gili Air Divers
    4. Manta Dive
    5. Oceans 5 Dive
  • Snorkelling
    You can rent a snorkel equipment on diving stores. Some local also rent snorkel equipment with cheap price.


There is an ATM outlet provided by CIMB Niaga bank on the island. Money Changers are also available on the island. Some local business provide credit card advance with bit higher commission.
If the ATM doesn’t work, the nearest ATM would be at Gili Trawangan.


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