Gili Air

General Information

Gili Air, Lombok

Gili Air is the closest to the mainland and the most quickly accessed of the three Gilis. Making it popular with honeymoon couples and travelers seeking a quiet retreat.

This island has the largest local population of the three and combine the charm of a tropical island, with access to people and culture that make Lombok and Gili are so special. Diving facilities abound and there is nice snorkelling directly from the shore, particularly from the east and the northeast beaches. The south of the island has some good surf, in high and mid high water tide conditions.

Getting To Gili Air
The Island can be reached in 20 to 40 minutes by outrigger boat from Bangsal harbor, near by Pemenang, and 1 hour by outrigger boat from Senggigi Beach. There is a few alternatives to get Gili Air. Sometimes public boat from Bangsal harbor could be problem because the passenger list should 20 persons at the ticket counter, otherwise you have to charter, most likely the public boat goes to Gili Air and Trawangan. what you can do is try to look other travelers that you can share cost for the boat charter. if you have no option, rather than charter boat, we recommended to stay one night at Senggigi and next day you can arrange a transport to Gili air.

The are only few number of star hotels ( rooms with air condition, swimming poll, TV, etc) on Gili Air. Most of places to stay located on the south, east, and west side of the island, You can find many Home stay or budget accommodation on the island. The island remain quite and relax. In nowadays Gili Air starting new development, some new hotel are are built like Biba Village Bungalow Blue Marlin Gili Air, Dream Diver Bungalow and still much more other accommodations being build. Returner guest might surprise and bring your latest guide book.

Snorkeling and diving are the highlight of the activities. Snorkeling area are located in the south east (opposite-facing the Lombok Golf Kosaido) and along to the north east). You can just jump into the water to see the colorful fishes and coral reef. In the western part of Gili Air you can’t snorkel off the beaches. When the moon is high (low tide), you can’t swim off the beach. You need to walk to the south or east side.

There are few quality scuba diving operations on all the islands. While the island is busiest from May through August, the quieter off-season from January to April provides a better opportunity to enjoy all the islet has to offer, with accommodation prices at their lowest level.

To get around the isle, the only means of transport are Cidomos, horse drawn carriages. Bicycle rentals are available too. Expect higher prices for most things there since all food and goods must be brought over from the mainland.

To get around the isle, the only means of transport are Cidomos, horse drawn carriages. Bicycle rentals are available too. Expect higher prices for most things there since all food and goods must be brought over from the mainland.

There are no Police Station or Military Post on the islands, but there is a small police station in Bangsal harbor. The Islands funded non-uniformed community policing group, SATGAS, ensures visitor’s security and safety. In the rare event of someone breaking the law or disturbing tourists, perpetrators are handed over to Police on Lombok and face banishment from the island for up to five years. For your own safety, deposit valuable items at the reception where you’re staying at. Carry only small cash and necessary items.

Electricity supply are now available on all the three Gilis. The electrical voltage in Indonesia is 220 Volt, if you bring any devices which require recharged at lower voltage (110 Volt) bring an electrical voltage converter or ask the hotel where you stay for STAVOLT.

Night Life
Gili Air doesn’t have the full on party vibe of big brother Gili Trawangan but it still has enough entertainment to keep the average traveller smiling. In high season expect to stumble across the occasional psychedelic fluro `Goa style’ beach party with raging techno beats that sometimes don’t stop for the best part of two full days!

Very popular with the older Bali expats, the events are a throw back to the acid house revolution of yesteryear and are no less tame than their late 1980’s counterparts. For those of a less excitable persuasion there’s plenty of social drinking fun to be had.
Most beachfront bars are no frills and all usually close early around 11pm.

Corner Bar is the closest to the harbour and is little more than the name suggests, a set of barugas and tables and chairs on the beach.

Legend Bar has the weekend Wednesday party night during the high season months with lots of reggae and house music and is also the location for the infamous Full and Black Moon beach parties.

Star Bar (next to Blue Marlin Dive) is a popular post dive drinking spot for the expatriate dive community and visiting scuba enthusiasts. Imported spirits available.

Zipp’s (next to Manta Dive) serves food and drinks for the Manta Dive operation and is a popular meeting spot for late afternoon beers. There’s a reasonable amount of restaurants on Gili Air offering good value varieties of Indonesian, Western and European food. Mostly located along the main strip of beach on the east coast, each café and restaurant shares the same stunning views across to Mount Rinjani.

Frangipani Garden Restaurant is situated at Coconut Cottages about half way up the main beach strip and is setback in the coconut plantations serving appetising local and Western dishes. The Sasak inspired `Rice Table’ needs to be ordered at least one day in advance and is a perfect feast for small and medium size groups and couples.

Gili Air Santay is renowned for their Thai dishes although it’s only one example of their wide selection of cuisines from around the world.

Mirage Coffee Bar and Bakery is the place to head to for a full English breakfast. Although situated on the quieter far northen side of the island the trip is well worth the effort for tasty homemade sandwiches and is an ideal spot for a sunset drink.

What Gili Air is less known for is the fickle but sometimes quality surf scene. The right hand break to the south west of the island is known as `Playgili’ and is far from a playground as the wave jacks up for a speed run over the jagged coral heads and rocks providing solid barrelling sections.