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 ».
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.
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.
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.