Gili Air Island Guide - The island, attractions, restaurants, nightlife
Gili Air Island, Lombok, Indonesia
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As soon as you set foot on Gili Air, you’ll feel your body and soul fill up with an extreme sensation of relaxation. Eco friendly island, there are no motorised vehicles on Gili Air, the only way to get around is with the wonderful local horse-carts (Gili taxi), by bicycle or by foot. The friendly locals will help you climb aboard a horse-cart , to ensure your safe arrival at Slow – Gili Air – Private pool villas.

The island has plenty of things to do. It’s surrounded by white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water and pristine coral reefs. Ideal for snorkelling, scuba diving, kite surfing, surfing, wake boarding, and any other water sport.

Gili Air is located in the coral triangle, which is an area in the tropical marine waters, where the biodiversity underwater is the most developed in the world, 50% more species are discovered here then in the Red Sea. You can see up to 12 turtles on a dive.

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The Gili islands consist of three islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Located between Lombok and Bali. Most of the locals live of tourism, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are owned by locals. The locals are welcoming, always smiling and spreading the joy! When you stay on Gili Air, you have the possibility to take a boat to the other islands, and have lunch or dinner on another island, it’s easy.



The Gili islands are known for their rich underwater world. Bali and Lombok are situated at the meeting point for the Indian Ocean and Java Sea. This is why we are famous for our wide variety of aquatic life. Gili Air has several dive centers if you wish to do some diving during your stay. It does not matter if you have not dived before or you are an experienced diver, there is diving for everyone.

Day trip on Lombok

Lombok has beautiful scenery and is more pristine than its sister island of Bali. It has beautiful temples and beautiful rice paddies. Lombok is also famous for its pottery and textiles. In central and southern Lombok, there are several small villages where you can visit pottery, weaving, wood and coconut handicraft centers.

In the north of Lombok lies Senaru, a traditional village and below Senaru are two beautiful waterfalls. The most common is to visit the first waterfall. For those who enjoy walking, why not take a walk in the jungle and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The waterfalls are a bit down in a valley and surrounded by jungle, trees and flowers. After a visit to the waterfalls, it’s nice to take a cool drink with a beautiful view of the volcano, the rice fields and the sea!


A speed boat drives you in 15 minutes from Gili Air to the Hole 1 of GOLF LOMBOK RINJANI, located in Tandjung, Lombok. Your golfday can be organised by the hotel.



Chill-out Bar

Beach bar & restaurant, located on the south- east side of Gili Air. Chill- out offers refreshing cocktails, delicious food in a comfortable and laid- back atmosphere.

Our favorites: Tuna Kebab, pizzas and their variety of delicious sandwiches and brown baguettes!

Seen by most of the westerns living on the island, as “the best restaurant” on Gili Air. Which is confirmed on tripadvisor, listed at the moment, as number one restaurant on the island. Click on the tripadvisor link for more information and comments.


Organic beach club, located on the south- east side of Gili Air. If you’re looking for an organic imported steak from New-Zealand: this is the place to be! Scallywags has the quickest internet connection on the island! Click on tripadvisor link for more information.

Lemongrass Restaurant

You have to discover the typical sasak cooking: Nasi Campur, Fish and chicken curry, chicken saté, with local peanuts sausage. For 2,5 euros, a perfect lunch served in 10 minutes!

Classico Pizza Restaurant

Opened by an Italian couple, this pizza-restaurant is the best of the island. Open every day except Monday from 18 till 22pm.

Sasak Food

Discover Sasak food, local food from Lombok. Fish barbecues. Eat a vegetable or chicken curry on rice.

On the left, Nasi campur’s, an Indonesian rice dish, topped with chicken or fish, vegetables, tempe, peanuts, corn cakes, tofu, coconut, …

Our favorites on the island: Pandan café, Warung Padang, Yahuuuuut, SHantidelic bar and Family Café!

Night life

No nightclubs in Gili Air, but beautifull bars, only on the beach. Some organize a big fire on the beach, and they sing and play guitar all together. So nice… Each bar has his day for dance and party, but the sunset is the good moment to meet people at the end of the day, before dining.

All the locals agree on one party night, which is lovely because it brings everybody together in the same place and avoids loud noise all around the island. Only one night a week. Our favorites are Lucky’s and Legend.


Lucky’s Bar

Lucky’s Bar is great to enjoy a cool beer at sunset. Located on the South- west side of the island, just across Bali’s volcano, it offers breathtaking sunsets.

Lucky’s bar is a beach bar, with a psychedelic atmosphere and parties on saturday’s. One of the rare places on earth where you can still dance under a canopy of stars and palm trees, with your feet in the sand ;). More info on their facebook page.

Fill yourself with the magic of Gili Air’s clear horizons and lunar landscapes. In the company of  smiling and feet-stomping dance floors colleagues. We have all fallen under the spell of this tiny magical island.

They regularly organize psy- trance parties, with international Dj’s, fluorescent decorations and fire shows!

Contact: Space Bar Facebook Group

Legend Bar

Located on the beach, on the most northern part of the island.  Wednesdays are their party nights. Enjoy a good beach party @ Legend.

Paradiso Bar

Mondays are their party nights.

Zipp Bar

Fridays are their party nights.

Full Moon parties

Every month, around Full Moon, the island’s community organizes a Full Moon Party. The benefits are donated to the community. To help those in need on the island. So, rock on! It’s for a good cause.

Getting here

There are a number of ways of getting to Gili Air. Let us know if you need any help.


TRANSFERS from and to Lombok:

We will gladly help you arrange your transfer to our little paradise.


Option 1:
Private car / Max. 4 people / 50 EUR / One way
Fast boat / Pr. person / 25 EUR / One way

Option 2:
Fast Boat + Shuttle / Pr. person / 25 EUR / One way

If you are coming from the airport / Canggu / Seminyak the first pick-up is at 6.00am and the last pick-up is 10.00am. From Sanur / Ubud it is 10am.

If you arrive after 10.30am in Denpasar, you can stay in Bali overnight or fly to Lombok, flights are cheap and quick. Transfer time from Bali airport to Gili Air takes 4 to 5 hours, whether you fly to Lombok or go by Fast Boat From Bali.


Transfer from / to Lombok is via private driver and private speedboat, and can be arranged 24 hours a day. Gili Air is 1km from the north of Lombok.

Private Car / Max. 4 people / 50 EUR / One way
Private Speed Boat / Max. 10 people / 35 EUR / One way

All prices are subject to 21% tax and service charge.