Things To Do in Gili Air Guide, Lombok

Things To Do in Gili Air Guide, Lombok

Things To Do in Gili Air Guide, Lombok

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 Route. Gili Air is all about laid-back living, whereas Gili Trawangan is better if you prefer a good party every evening. Plan a 2 to 4-night trip and follow our Things to do in Gili Air Guide.  

  1. 10 x Things To Do
  2. Restaurants in Gili Air
  3. How to get to Gili Air
  4. Hotels in Gili Air

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10 x Things To Do in Gili Air

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.

Tip: Two ATMs are located on the south side of Gili-Air. One at the north side.

1. Local Cooking Class Gili Air

Indonesian cuisine is a vibrant and delicious mix of colors and flavors. Learn about the ingredients and what is served by following a Gili cooking class. Prepare your own meal and sambal at Waroeng Alam Damai; this wonderful man offers his cooking class entirely for free! Pay for your food and give him a tip for being such a wonderful person :). 

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Note: Cooking classes are usually given before lunchtime.

2. Snorkel at the sculptures

Explore the underwater world of the Gili Islands. Just of the coast of Gili Meno, are sculptures in the water meant as a diving site and home to countless fish. Once you put your goggles underwater, you will discover an entirely new world. More about the Gili underwater sculptures.

Gili Meno is a short 15-minute boat trip from Gili Air. We highly recommend this as it was our absolute favorite thing to do on Gili Air.

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3. Live music on the beach

Grab one of the beanbags at Gili Lumbung Beachclub, enjoy live music and see the sun setting into the ocean with the backdrop of the Volcano on Bali.

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4. 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. Find all clean-ups here.

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5. Bike around the island

One 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.

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6. Swing at the beach

Have 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?

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7. Best spa on the Gili Islands

The 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.

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8. 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.

Also see: Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan Guide

9. Sunset on the west side

The 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.

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10. Sub-wing

Maneuver 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.

➳ Must read: 3-week Indonesia Route

Restaurants in Gili Air

Although it is such a small island, it owns some delicious restaurants of both local and international kitchens.

?- Warung Sunny (incredible local food)
?- Camila (best sushi)
?- Warung Alam Damai (delicious local food)
?- Gili bliss (smoothie bowls)
?- The Mexican Kitchen (yummy Mexican)
?- Pachamama (best vegan options)
?- Classico Italiano (best coffee)
?- Coffee & Thyme

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Fast Boat to the Gili Islands

From Bali, take the fast boat to Gili Islands. Depending on the boat company, boats run from the harbors of Serangan, Sanur, Padang Bai, or Amed.

Expect to pay anywhere between 400,000 and 900,000 IDR for a return ticket to Bali. The price depends on the company, luxury and season.

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The boat to Gili Air takes 2.5 hours with the fast boat. The drop-off point is the pier in the south part Gili Air (see map).

We have visited the Gili Islands multiple times, both with a rough sea. We recommend you to spend a little more money on quality and sail with Blue Water Express.
You don’t have to book a return date at your Gili boat company. Confirm your return from Gili Air at their office on the island one day in advance.

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Best time to visit Gili Air

The weather is at its best between July and August and December and January. The rain season is officially between November and April but the showers are nothing compared to those on Bali.

Gili Air hotels

The island offers a wide range of hotels and guesthouses for every kind of budget.

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19/07/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/bali/gili-air-island-guide/
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  • Chaya Babani

    Hi..I was reading that we can have a bonfire party..is there any place in gili air or gili trawangan for that

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi there! We didn’t see anything like this on Gili Air but we heard that there are bonfires in certain bars/hotels on Gili T as that has more of a nightlife. Have a great time :)

  • cherie Tregent

    Hi guys we follow your blogs with our travels. WE are heading Lombok and we aren’t sure the best area to look for accomm. We have two children but are adventurous. We like step up boutique but not large resorts. Like cool villas or small complex’s. We think Kuta based on google? Do you suggest a good area to search for accommodaton, we don’t have to be in thick of it , but like the options for some variety ? Thoughts

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Cherie,

      Glad to hear the blogs are useful for you! Unfortunately we haven’t been to Lombok but we hear that Kuta is a good place to base yourself to get out to lovely beaches and have lots of restaurants and other amenities. Booking.com is always a good place to look for lots of variety on accommodation or airbnb! Enjoy your trip :)

  • Hi i have 2 weeks in Bali (travelling on my own), was wondering I will be going to Ubud and then possibly Nusa Lembongan & Penida but also wanted to do Gili Air – do you think that is too much to do both travelling wise? Where could you recommend for the best beaches?

  • Getting ready to leave on our trip to Bali–so excited and your blog has been MOST helpful! Did you get Bali belly while traveling there? Worried about all of the fresh fruit…

  • Ali Spencer

    Super helpful info. Loved the bits about where to eat, we tried Warung Alam last night- stunning! Chicken curry a fav.
    Holidays are too short to eat bad food. A lot of the beachfront restaurants were fairy Western didn’t have the same atmosphere

  • I love your blog! You do a great job of showing natural beauty of Bali and getting off of the beaten path. I am based in Hong Kong and my best friend is coming to visit from the States in the beginning of July. We plan on staying three nights at the Como in Ubud, three in Jimbaran Bay then concluding our trip on Gili Air, also for three days. Did you have any concerns traveling as a female around Bali or at anytime felt unsafe? We have basic street smarts, but was curious to hear your thoughts! I realize you’d never recommend the island on your blog if you felt unsafe, but interested to hear any thoughts you may have on the matter. Thanks again for your insight and great work on the blog! Julie

  • Hi, Thank you for this easy-read, useful post. It was very helpful! :)
    Just wanted to quickly ask – What boat company did you use to get to that underwater sculpture diving spot from Gili T? We are thinking of staying at Gili T but would love to pop there to dive around, unsure if we had to physically transfer to Gili Meno or catch a boat? from Gili T. Thanks heaps in advance!

    • Hi!
      Sorry, our hotel booked a private boat for us so we don’t know which company it was. You don’t have to go to Meno first, you could arrange a private boat on the beach (make sure to do this a day before you want to go so you can go early to beat the crowds) You could also rent a kayak from Gili T to go by yourself but be careful and check the weather beforehand :)

  • Hi love your blog on Gili Air and we switch our plans from Gili T to Gili A!!! Did you stay at the Pink coco or do you have other recommendations about stays?

  • I love your blog, and we ( Me and my wife ) would like to visit Bali and Gili Islands in June this year, we have 5 days time to spend.
    Can you guide us about the best stay and water sports and food?

    1) Bali and Gili islands are the best options?
    OR
    2) Lombok /Gili/Bali is the best option

  • Very informative blog. Beautiful pictures. I wasn’t planning on doing Gili Islands, but now I’m very interested.

  • Hello there
    We only have one night in Gili..What should we choose? Gili T or Gili A? We want to do scuba diving though

  • Thanks for a great blog, with some wonderful ideas, you have made me even more excited about our forthcoming trip to Bali/Lombok/Gili’s … after much research and now finding your blog we have definitely settled on Gili Air for our 3 or 4 night stay. We are a ‘young’ couple in our 50’s .. fit and active .. can you recommend a good hotel or resort for us .. I am leaning towards Pink Coco but my partner is concerned we might be a bit old for this scene .. any suggestions would be appreciated. Also we are not sure whether to do 3 nights on Gili Air and then boat hop to Kuta Lombok for a night to get our connecting flight back to Bali .. or 4 nights and just try for the boat/flight connection on the last day .. your thoughts? Thanks heaps.

    • I wouldn’t say Pink Coco is only for young people. Gili Air, in general, is more relaxing and the party scene is mainly on Gili Trawangan.
      Also, never plan to tight in Asia. So a boat + flight on one day is not a good idea.

  • I love your blog and I will visit Bali in August this year but will avoid the Gili Islands.. I never visit them.. But heared so much negative things about these islands. Very rude drunk Australians.. And the most heartbreaking thing… Is to see the poor horses in the heat. I can’t ??? I will visit the nusa islands ❤️
    I read all about Bali thank you for so many Tipps.
    Best wishes

    • Hi Linda,

      The blog also tells you that there are 3 islands. Gili T is the party island with the drunk people. Gili Meno and Gili Air as completely different. We don’t like that either and always visit Gili Air.

  • your article brings back so many memories from my visit to Lombok! I went there last year and I left a piece of my heart there – the landscapes, the people, everything was simply outstanding. I especially loved diving, there were so many species of fish, and so many of them, it was surreal
    Lombok is a little bit of paradise, and I am so happy you have done it justice through your writing. thank you!

  • Thanks for all of the great tips. I will be visiting Bali for the first time this Summer. I was thinking of doing an “Unsettled” trip there but I may just do my own thing.

  • Morgan Roberts

    Hi, what dock would be easiest to leave from if coming from Ubud and heading to Gili? Also, should we stay overnight near the dock and leave in the morning? or just head straight there from Ubud and leave (or are there any stops on the way worth checking out?

    Thank you. :)

  • Hi great post we’re headed to Gi Air today. I especially like the look of your sandals?! What brand are they? Thanks Hine

  • We were just intending to go to Nusa Islands as part of a 1 month trip around Bali- is it worth going to the Gilli Islands too??? :)

  • Hi, compared on Gili islands, you can enjoy the local culture on Lombok island, precisely at Sade Village. Trip from Gili Air to Lombok about 30 minutes by speed boat and stop at Senggigi port. From port, you have to trip overland using car transfers that are usually available around the port. For little information, I once did the speed boat booking at Gilitransfers.com. Many hotels in Lombok and yoga are also available there.

  • Thanks for a great post!!! Would you recommend Gili Air compared to other islands? Are there any yoga/laid back activities? We are a couple in our thirties, not too much of a party people but enjoy culture, yoga etc… :) THanks!!!

    • Hi!
      Gili Air is very relaxed compared to Gili T. You will not find the Indonesian culture here though, it’s very western and it’s all about tourism. Maybe you could have a look at Gili Menno. It’s super close to Gili Air so you could combine those two. We haven’t been there ourselves but we heard great stories that it’s more laidback. :)

  • Oh wow! Those views of beaches and sunsets are just stunning! We’ve been wondering which of the Gili Islands we should explore next summer on our honeymoon but I think we found our favorite by reading this post! :) Do you have any tips on packing? I’m just wondering how to make sure things like camera on phone do not get ruined during the boat rides between Bali and Gilis?

    • Hi Nora,
      Great to hear you like this blog post!
      You really don’t have to worry about your camera’s or phone since you’re inside a speedboat. Not an open one so you won’t get wet :)
      If you have more questions please let us know!

      Hope you’ll have the best honeymoon!

  • Wow, so many awesome photos and such wonderful experience! Your post makes me have a strong attention to go there and relax myself from the daily work.

  • Thank you so much! It really is a magical experience?

  • Great post and awesome photos! Swimming with the sea turtles sounds amazing.

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