Gili Air Island, North Lombok

Gili Air Island is one of the groups of small islands located in the North Lombok regency. It is a close island to mainland Lombok.  Gili Air is popular for amazing underwater marine life, white sand beaches, and the perfect island to spot sunset.

The island of Gili Air is also one of the many dive destinations in Indonesia. On this island, you can enjoy diving on amazing coral reefs, turtles, and colorful fish. If you are not a diver, you can also enjoy snorkeling on the island.

Gili Air has a 1.562 population. Most of the population works in tourism and some are fishermen. Schools are also found on the island, so the kids can go to school without having to go to Lombok. However, some of the children prefer to study in Lombok after they finish elementary school on the island.

Turtle Gili Air

Getting to Gili Air Island

Gili Air is one of the recommended tourist destinations in Lombok, Indonesia. The island is accessible by boat from Lombok and Bali. Boat transfers are the only way to reach the island.

The following are the best ways to get to Gili Air Island:

  • Local outrigger boat or public boat from Bangsal harbor, Lombok. The public boat from Bangsal will spend about 15 minutes to get to Gili Air. The boats depart when there are 20 people booked. They offer daily departure with an early schedule at 07.00 am and last at 05.00 pm. The ticket cost is IDR16.000 per person for one way.
  • Speed Boat from Teluk Nare, nort Lombok. The speedboat from Lombok to Gili Air offer daily trip based on private service. So you can manage the de[artuer time at your request. The speed boat will take approximately 7 minutes to get to the island.
  • Fast Boat from Bali, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Lembongan. The fast boat from Bali to Gili Air offers a daily departure from Pdangan Bai, Serangan, and Sanur. It will take 2 1/2 hours to get to Gili Air from Sanur and 1 1/2 hours from Padang Bai.

To book the boat to Gili Air from Bali, you can go to the home page. You can also see the fast boat details, route, and prices through the search box.

Gili Air Harbor

Best Activities on Gili Air

The most preferred activity is Diving and snorkeling. Gili Air offers beautiful underwater life. On this island, you can enjoy amazing coral reefs, colorful fish, and turtle points. There are a few amazing dive sites on the northeast of the island with good visibility.

Dive centers on the island are easy to find along the main road, from the east to the west side. The diving cost is the same for every dive center on the island.

Other activities you may do are fishing, and a glass-bottom boat around the island. You can also just swim and relax on the beach. For the glass bottom boat tour, you can find them on the street.

Speed Boat to Gili Air

Accommodations and Restaurants

The accommodations on the island are from backpackers to midrange Hotels. There are also some villas spread around the island. For the best hotel arrangement, you can book in advance.

During the high season, most hotels are busy, it is hard sometimes to find. So it is better to arrange it in advance. The high season is between June to August. Some are coming from the mid of December to the middle of January every year.

Restaurants are also serving local and western cuisine. Some best restaurants such as 7 Seas, and Schaliwags offer great cuisine. Most of the restaurants are on the beachside.

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