Gili Air: Not too big, not too small, Just right...
"The Gilis" is the collective term for three little islands just off the northwestern corner of Lombok; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. In the local dialect "Gili" means "small island", so Gili Island actually means "small island island"!
The Gilis are situated just a couple of kilometres south of the equator, meaning that they have a distinct dry and wet season and a tropical climate. Throughout the year, we enjoy an average temperature of 28°C and water temperatures ranging from 26 to 30°C. The rainy season runs from November to April and the dry season from May to October, however, it is possible to visit year round, with the rainy season ensuring a more laid-back pace of life.
The majority of the local community on the Gilis are Muslim. Bahasa Indonesia is the national language spoken throughout the country, but most islands have developed a dialect. The Gili locals speak Sasak, which is also spoken throughout Lombok.
The first permanent settlers on the Gilis were fisherman around 50 years ago. They began to cultivate the land, planting peanuts, corn, mango, banana and papaya trees. Coconut palms are indigenous to the Gilis. On all three Gilis, there are no motorised vehicles. The main way of getting around are bicycles or cidomos (small horse-carts).
is the island of water, charm and balance. This little gem is named after the Indonesian word for water -"air". It received this name as it is the only one of the trio of islands to have subterranean fresh water wells. Read more about our paradise below.
is famous for its beautiful beaches and is the ideal spot for couples or honeymooners. It's the smallest of the three islands and the least developed. Other points of interest on Meno are the bird park, a little salt lake and the turtle conservation pools.
the biggest of the three – is a true party island. There is a party every night of the week. During the day you can enjoy an abundance of boutiques, restaurants and spas. The name of the Island comes from the Indonesian word "terowongan" meaning tunnels. During the Second World War the Gilis were occupied by the Japanese, who used the islands as a lookout post and a camp for war prisoners. The Japanese forces dug a whole tunnel-system into Gili Trawangan. Legend has it, that not all holes have been filled since!
Gili Air represents the perfect balance in the Gili trinity. If Gili Trawangan is too much, but Gili Meno is too quiet, then Gili Air just might be the perfect getaway for you.
Bestowed with natural beauty and an effortlessly slow pace of life, Gili Air is really a place to sit back, breathe and take it all in. There's a plethora of activities available on this island utopia. Of course, there's the famous diving and snorkelling to keep you entertained. But if you are looking for a dry day, then why not stretch and tone your muscles in a yoga class, sip a fresh coconut on the beach, or just sit back, relax.
As you listen to the birds chirping, the breeze whispering through palm leaves and the waves rolling onto the beach, pretty soon you'll be falling heads of heels in love with the tranquility. After you watch the sun dip below the horizon in hues of purples and pinks, it's time to hit one of the great restaurants and then either turn in early or venture out into the night, where there's a good chance you'll find some live music and the occasional party.