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Gili Air

Gili Air and its two neighbours, Meno and Trawangan, are located in the Lombok Strait with Air the closest to mainland Lombok which administers the 3 islands. Gili Air is named from the Indonesian word «gili» meaning «small island» and «air» meaning «water».

Of the three islands, Gili Air is the only one to have natural underground fresh-water wells.

Location

Gili Air is a happy and well balanced island with adequate services. In close proximity to Gili Meno, the smallest and most secluded of the islands, and to Gili Trawangan, the largest island, known for its many restaurants and parties. Gili Air has the best of it all.

On Gili Air, the biggest concentration of bars and restaurants is on the East side where you can take in views of lush green Lombok and the magnificence of Mt. Rinjani. Venture to the northwest and you will find yourself on empty sands gazing at the majestic Agung volcano of Bali. The island offers excellent snorkelling and scuba diving sites off its east coast, where turtles can be seen along the coral reef.

Our island has a great selection of restaurants including homemade french, italian, mexican and mediterranean food, as well as a number of warung serving all the best local dishes.

A busy little strip has developed along the beach in the southeast, although the lane is still more sandy than paved. The circumference of the island is accessible by foot in around one hour.

Motorized traffic is prohibited, so the preferred method of transport is by foot and bicycle or the horse-drawn carriage called a « cidomo ».

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Island Culture

LANGUAGE

Bahasa Indonesia is the national language spoken that unites all of the country's islands but most of Gili Locals speak Sasak, which is a bit different from the one spoken in Lombok English is widely understood and spoken.

RELIGION

Gili Air is the most populous island with 1500 local residents who, like the Lombok community, are primarily Muslim. The mosque emits sounds of live prayer five times daily throughout the island.

GOOD ATTITUDES

Dress is casual on the islands, but remember that the residents are Muslim. It can be inappropriate to walk around in a state of undress. Nude or topless sunbathing can be perceived as a lack of respect. Use your right hand when you take, give, eat or touch something. Do not point at something with your foot. When you are a guest, wait until you are invited to sit down. If you see shoes at the entrance of a place, remove yours. Solve problems with a smile: irritation is not really understood by Indonesians.

Good Food Guide

Pachamama

At Pachamama, it’s all about fresh, delicious & nourishing food. Their menu has been designed to cater for vegans, vegetarians as well as paleo / omnivores who enjoy fresh, clean food prepared with love.

Breadelicious

Are you craving for some real bread, pastries, tapas or an excellent beef burger with a real espresso to finish your meal? Just head to Breadelicious in the center of the village where you can enjoy some nice food under the shade of a beautiful garden with a good wifi connection to relax.From the bread to the gelato, they produce everything themselves on the island. Their moto is "home-made only!"

Scallywags

Scallywags offers a large selection of fresh fish straight from the waters of Indonesia, cooked to perfection on their beach side BBQ. It also offers relaxing sun lounges, clean beach towels, a fresh water shower, refreshing cocktails, a beautiful beach and stunning cool blue waters.

Mowies

Founded in June 2014, Mowies bar is a testament to what can be achieved through healthy fusion cuisine. From delicious home-made tuna burgers, through to extremely tasty egg benedict to raw vegan cakes and salads.

Dolcemare

Dolcemare is one of the best restaurants on Gili air. The menu is relatively small but the dishes are all cooked to perfection. We guarantee you will be amazed by the freshness of the food and the excellence of the service. All the Italian savoir-faire really well expressed by Alessandra and Moreno.

Musa Cookery

Tucked away in the middle of the island, housed in a beautiful 150 year old teak Joglo, Musa Cookery offers vegetarian, vegan and raw cuisine. Soon supplied by their own permaculture garden. Clean eating in the heart of Gili Air!