I recently visited Gili Air, one of the three Gili Islands (the others being Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan) close to the larger island of Lombok. Gili Air is a small island with a circumference of approximately five kilometres.
To get there I flew from Perth to Denpasar, Bali and then caught the Bluewater Express fast boat for the approximately 3 hours journey to Gili Air.
I had originally hoped to meet a friend who was giving yoga classes on the Gilis. Unfortunately, timing did not work out so we did not meet but I am very grateful to her for inspiring my trip. Thank you Emel!
I had a fabulous time on the island. My typical daily routine consisted of:
Wake up before sunrise; go for a run around the island coast, admiring the stunning early morning light and reflections; return to Omah Gili Hotel for breakfast and shower; walk to H2O Yoga for a 90 minute yoga session.
Visit restaurant Warung Lalapan, spend 20,000-30,000 IDR (a few dollars) on a delicious lunch and enjoy million dollar views; go to a cafe or my bungalow to read and think; return to H20 Yoga for another tough yoga class.
Enjoy dinner at a restaurant with other yoga participants or tourists I’d met; go to bed around 9pm.
On my final morning I hired mask, snorkel and fins and snorkelled just off the beach. Amazingly, there were thousands of fish across dozens of species swimming around the coral reefs. There were leather jackets, long and narrow fish, brightly coloured fish and various other combinations of shapes and colours. For several minutes a large school of small fish appeared to swarm all around me.
It was a fabulous trip and for anyone wanting a relaxing trip I can highly recommend Gili Air. Gili Meno is meant to be even quieter while Gili Trawangan has the most night life.
Gili Air is a very photogenic place and following is a taste of the island: