Gili Air is located off the coast of Lombok. It is one of the Gili Island Triplets and it is surrounded by white-sand beaches, turquoise sea water, and wonderful sea life. The island does not facilitate any motor vehicles. Travel around the island is done by foot or horse-carts, the locals call them “Cidomos”! So, it is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life! Best of all, don’t worry about where to pray or what to eat, Gili Air is a Muslim-majority populated island! Thus, mosques and halal cuisine are just around the corner.
Gili Air is popular for its beaches where tourists can relax on the sands or enjoy various water sports in the ocean. Don’t have any sports equipment? Many shops around the island will supply those for you. However, note that the beaches are best visited during the mornings, as after lunch hours the tide recedes and exposes the coral floor. Visit the eastern beaches if you want to bask in the sun after lunch!
That’s not all Gili Air has to offer. For those who are interested in local cuisine, Waroeng Alam Damai offers cooking classes for free! Enjoy live music on the beach at Gili Lumbung Beachclub while glancing at the sunset. Don’t forget to try out Gili Air’s finest yoga and spa resorts at the Slow Villas! Gili Air will ensure absolute relaxation during your time here.
Unfortunately, there are no airports on the Gili Islands. The closest one would be the Lombok International Airport located close to the city of Praya. To get to Gili Air, go to Bangsal harbor or Senggigi to ride the ferries or chartered boats straight there.
There is also Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. Afterward, tourists can take direct boats from Benoa, Serangan Island, Padang Bai, or Amed to Gili Air.
There should be no issue for Muslim tourists to find halal foods at Gili Air. The recommended places to try halal local cuisine are Warung Banyuwangi, Warung Nusantara, and Waroeng Alam Damai. If you have a sweet tooth, try Gili Gelato! It is available at Gili Air as well as Gili Trawangan.
Plenty of mosques are available at Gili Air. Tourists would only need to ask the locals for directions to the nearest mosque!