Gili Air is one of the three Gili Islands just of the coast of Lombok. The tiny island is surrounded by white sand, turquoise water, and great underwater life and a great location to add to your Bali Routeas well. Gili Air is all about laid-back living, whereas Gili Trawangan is better if you prefer a good party every evening.
Unique about the Gili Islands is that that are no cars on the island. It is so small that within 30 minutes you can explore the entire island by bicycle. The local transport is a bike, electric bikes or horse taxis. In general, it is not recommended to take a horse taxi since it is commonly known they are not treated well.
You could use public boat cost around IDR 13.000/oneway from Bangsal Harbor to Gili Air or you could book private speed boat from Teluk Nare Port which cost around IDR 650.000/oneway and if you come from Bali you also could book public Fast Boat which cost around IDR 870.000/oneway.
There are 10 best thing to do in Gili Air we could give you recommendation, The first is joining a local cooking class gili air. Learn about local food is really awesome. You just need to pay your meal and give tip to the person who teaches the cooking class. Second is snorkel at the sculptures, exploring the underwater world of the Gili Island is must thing to do at the instagramable sculptures with a group of fish in Gili Meno area. It is a hort 15 minutes boat trip from Gili Air.
Third is live music in the beach, go to the beach in the sunset time and enjoy the live music in the beachclub with the backdrop of the volcano of Mount Agung Bali.
Fourth join a beach cleanup, Unfortunately, we all need to make sure paradise stays paradise. Clean-ups are needed all over the world and luckily companies like TrashHero organize these weeklies! It is a great way to meet people and cleaning takes one or two hours in the morning or afternoon. Read on how to reduce plastic and travel plastic-free.
Bike around the islandOne of the best things to do in Gili Air is to rent a bike and explore the island. Follow the beachside and find all the nice beach clubs or bike through the center of the island and see a bit of the local life, coconut farms, and the best restaurants.Bike rentals are located near the boat pier or at your hotel.Swing at the beachHave a swing at one of the many swings around Gili Air. They are owned by the beach clubs but don’t worry; It is free to swing. This pink swing is located at PinkCoco.
The swings are there for your perfect travel photo on Instagram. Different from Gili Trawangan, these swings have no lines to get a photo. During sunset, the swings turn out extra magical! P.S. Do you already follow us on Instagram?
Best spa on the Gili IslandsThe Slow Spa on Gili Air slows you down even more. The stunning bamboo spa offers a wide selection of treatments and is incredibly popular with tourists and expats who are working on the Gili Islands. Slow Spa is part of Slow Villas but accessible for all visitors.Snorkel with turtles on the Gilis
Gili Air is well-known for its super clear turquoise water to snorkel and dive in. The entire northern part of the island is home to sea turtles. So the chance to spot a turtle is high.Do not swim during low tide, the corals will be too close. You could easily damage the corals or yourself.
Sunset on the west sideThe best sunsets are on the west side of Gili Air. During a cloudless day, you could even have Mount Agung from Bali in the backdrop.Sub-wingManeuver like a Manta Ray through the underwater world while a boat is pulling you through the water. Subwing-ing’ is an awesome thing to do on Gili Air for all those thrill-seekers.