Gili Air is by far one of the most laid back places I’ve ever visited. The island itself is super small, making it easy to walk around and the whole vibe is really chilled. If you’re looking for somewhere you can relax and sit by the ocean all day without a care in the world, this is your place.
How to get there
If you’ve been looking into going to Bali, you’ll have realised you can’t just fly to the Gilis, you can only access the islands by boat. There are regular boat services to Gili, one in the morning and one in the evening each day. We travelled there from Nusa Penida and it took around 3 hours.
How to get around
WALK! The island is so small you can literally walk around the entire perimeter in about an hour. We always stopped to sunbathe or grab some food, so we would spend whole days making our way around the island. You can hire a bicycle to get around on, but this looks more fun than it actually is! I saw lots of people pushing their bikes because they couldn’t get through the sand, and in the centre where its busier, people on bikes were struggling to get through. You can also ride a horse and carriage here, which we didn’t do. They line all the horses up by the pier, so if you’re not wanting to walk then maybe consider this?! Overall, I’d recommend using what your mamma gave ya, and get around by foot.
Where we stayed
Salili bungalows. They were in a great location, right next to the beach so you could walk out of your bungalow and be by the ocean in about a minute. They were cleaned each day and the staff were friendly and helpful. There was a shared pool but it was always empty. One thing to note though, there was some dodgy business with one staff member trying to steal my flip flop! But overall, a great, ideal place to stay.
(This was our bungalow! – yes, our clothes are out on a washing line!)
Top things to do!
1. Go on an island tour and see turtles!
2. Sit on a famous sea swing!
3. Watch the sunset!
4. Walk round the entire island!
5. Visit ‘coffee & thyme’ – one of the best cafes in Gili!
Top tips for Gili Air
- One thing to note is that magic mushrooms are present!! The Gili Islands are famous for their huge magic mushroom trade. Down the back alleys, you’ll find bars that sell it and normally in the evenings, backpackers will go and do their thing.
- Its a little more expensive on the Gili islands. Having arrived there just after a few days in both Ubud and Nusa Penida, we were surprised how the prices went up. But still, compared to Europe, its still relatively cheap.
Thanks for reading!