Gili Air, Lombok Indonesia
Gili Air is
the nearest Gili to Lombok. It is also the most populated
and you will find more trees there than the other Gili's.
The local inhabitants are: Sasak, Mandar, Bugis and
Makassar. You can find their unique culture that is
different from Lombok and wonderful beaches. Many of the
older generation still make their living as boatmen,
fisherman and farming coconuts.
There are only a
few number of luxury upmarket hotels (rooms with air
conditioning, swimming pool, TV etc) on Gili Air. Most of
places to stay are located in south, west and east side of
the island. The island remains quiet and relaxing making it
popular with honeymoon couples and travelers seeking a quiet
Most accommodations are locally owned and managed, while a few of
the upmarket hotels own and managed by foreign investors. You can go
from one island to another by joining the gili island's hoping boat
(depart twice a day).
It has population of
about 1,000. The island offers excellent snorkeling and scuba diving off
its east coast, and turtles can be seen along the coral reef. People
here are more friendly than on Gili Trawangan.
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 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.
There are now 3
PADI Dive Centres - Manta dive (offers SSI training as well), Blue
Marlin and Dream Divers. Also offers great dive site, Hahnís Reef, where
strange critters and muck diving are the norm, it is also a superb
training site for beginners.
The other great spot for diving and
snorkeling is Gili Air Wall where you can see anything from turtles to
pygmy sea horses, quite amazing
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.
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