LIVING ON GILI AIR

Three small islands make up the Gilis off the northwestern corner of Lombok, one island away from Bali. It is a tourist destination with a fusion of local Indonesian culture and western comforts. The island has a local population of 1,500 people. The local community is vibrant and welcoming! It is a culturally rich community with music, dancing, and great food from around the world.  

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There is never a dull night on Gili Air. You can enjoy a fresh organic meal while watching the sunset over Bali’s famous volcano, or go watch the local reggae band play under the stars. There are plenty of daytime activities in the area that you can enjoy on your weekends including waterfall hikes, surfing and kite surfing, an assortment of water sports, or just hang out on the beach. Bali is only 40km (25 miles) away and can easily be visited on your weekends.

Gili Air is a small and safe island with no cars or motorbikes. Everyone rides on bicycles or on the locally run horse carts. This means the air is clean and the island is quite! It only takes 1 hour to walk around the entire island and only 10 minutes to bike to the opposite side. The accommodation is located in a quite area of the island but only a 5-minute bike ride to the dive shop and 3-minutes from the main village where you will find the local market and all your amenities. You can buy everything on the island from shampoo to fresh fruit. If you are looking for something more specific you will be able to find it in the new western shopping mall located an hour away in the main city called Mataram.

You can literally eat for days in Indonesia and always be trying something new. Try rendang (chicken or beef with chili dressing), sate (barbeque chicken, lamb or beef with peanuts sauce), bakso (beef or fish meatball served like soup with noodles and vegetables), gulai (boiled meat or fish with coconut milk dressing), pepes (steam tofu, meat or fish combine with vegetables wrapped in banana’s leaf), gado-gado (mixed vegetables light boiled served with peanuts sauce.

Gili Air is a great place for foodporn lovers. From sweet to very spicy, but always fragrant, full of flavour and always a teaspoon of love. A wealth of choice in fish, meat, vegetables –and not forgetting the vegetarian tahu and tempeh. You can get almost any local dish for under $2,50 dollar, so make sure you try as much as you can while you’re here!

We traveled all around the world but there is no place out there like the Gili Air. They say that people make the place and this is definitely true when it comes to the Gili Islands. They attract people from different walks of life and from every corner of the globe. Here you will find a unique mix of expats, locals and tourist living together in harmony and you will meet some of the biggest smiles you have ever seen. All these people together create a magical vibe which makes you forget everything around you. You wouldn’t be the first person that has the intention to stay for two weeks and ends up staying for months or even for good. Enjoy your stay, feel the salt in your veins, the sand in your heart, smell the sea, feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly!