Gili Air is the closest island to the Lombok mainland. It's to be chosen as the primary option besides Gili Trawangan that upscaling so obviously now. The sea is calmest in the morning, and swimming is shallow along the east coast with the sand, showing a coral reef table in a twenty-four-meter vertical to the west, known as Gili Air Wall.
Gili Air is frequently visited by nature capturers to enjoy a glimpse of strange creatures like frogfish, flying guards, lionfish, and many varieties of pipefish. It is a small island, and a coastal path leads you around the island. It takes about 90 minutes only to leisure around the island. The maze of the paths of the island can get surprisingly confusing, but there is always a way to lead back to the coast path eventually.
From Bali, you can take direct boats to Gili Air with a transfer time of 1 - 3 hours depending on your starting point. And it takes 30 minutes from Gili Trawangan and takes a stop at Gili Meno before reaching Gili Air. And from Bangsal, you can take public/private boats with irregular schedules (there is enough passenger)
Most of the accommodation and other tourism facilities are on the south and east coast of Gili Air, facing Lombok. Gili Air has only one port, so you do not have to worry about getting lost, because it would be very easy to find it. The boats usually lie to the center of the south coast. But there are some fast boat operators who do not stop at Gili Air, check live seat availability and book boat tickets online at gilitransfers.com