Experience Gili Air - Bali Mind Body Spirit
The island's most favored activity is to simply rest back and delight in the sheer pleasure of being here. Most visitors swiftly slip into the slower pace of island life and find Gili Air a perfect setting in which to unwind and just be. Whether at a beach side restaurant on a sun lounger, or a secluded spot on the sandy shores, visitors frequently find themselves drinking up the stunning views, getting lost in a book, or even writing their own.
There are however plenty of activities to keep you busy if you so desire. One of Gili Air's main attractions is its coral reef and wonderfully diverse ocean life.
In front of Scallywag's restaurant is a natural pool. These brilliantly blue waters with their flawless sandy floor make a perfect spot to bathe.
All around the island and just a stone's throw from the shore an abundance of vibrant sea life awaits your exploration! Snorkel alongside the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle, and encounter the colorful Clown Fish. Enjoy shoal upon shoal of tropical fish, and sea anemones, as they weave their way through the striking coral. Equipment is widely available to rent or can be purchased from most of the dive shops. For US$3 you'll get a snorkel, mask and fins for the day. Take a day trip on a local 'glass-bottom' boat to snorkel some of the island's most highly regarded spots, and see Gili Air from a whole other perspective!
Diving is inexpensive in Indonesia and a great way to appreciate the magnificent underwater world. Gili Air boasts 9 dive centers; many tourists coming to the island specifically to make use of them. The schools offer a quick course and dive in one day; 'Discover Scuba Diving', or the 'Open Water' 3-4 day certification program.
For those wishing to further their training; Advanced and Instructor level courses are also offered. There are approximately 18 unique dive sites around the island, featuring coral seascapes, wrecks, sharks and a plentitude of brilliantly colored fish. Oceans 5 Dive centre, have professional staff, modern/up to date equipment, and top class service.
On the south west side of the island there is a reef break approximately 200m from the shore. This is a popular spot to catch great waves and attracts many surfers during the big swells. Surfboards can be rented from Seven Seas. The local surfers are generally very open in sharing their hot tips.
Also on Lombok is the picturesque Volcano Mount Rinjani.
Though the 2-4 day hike to the summit is challenging; at 3010m, you are well rewarded with spectacular views of the nearby Crater Lake. Tours that include a guide and camping equipment usually range between $140-200 USD. The village at the base of Rinjani, Senaru, has a variety of accommodation options and offers several easier walks to local waterfalls also.
There are a number of regular and impromptu music events and parties that take place on Gili Air. These are typically advertised on flyers circulated around the island. Many of the locals have remarkable musical talent. Live singing and guitar playing can often be enjoyed when walking past the many restaurants in the evening. There are several bars that regularly host live bands and DJ's, whose audiences dance the night away on the beaches, beneath the stars. There is also the occasional bonfire on the beach as part of spontaneous gatherings of guitarists, singers, percussionists and whatever musical talent may be present on the island - a magical way to spend the evening.
To visit Gili Meno or Gili Trawangan for the day take the 'Island Hopper' boat for around $2USD each way. Explore the deserted beaches of Gili Meno, or the high vibe and many restaurants of Trawangan, before returning to our favorite island (Gili Air obviously) in the late afternoon.
Or salute the sunset with a cocktail as you watch its golden rays slip behind the sacred volcano Agung on Bali - a perfect way to end another day in paradise.
Visit local pearl farms, waterfalls, the resort town of Senggigi, or take a drive along forested road with amazing coastal views and monkeys abound. Relish the epic, untamed coastline of Kuta-Lombok, which offers great surfing and exciting diving options. With the new International airport in Kuta, Lombok this stunningly wild landscape is expected to develop quickly so go see it now to enjoy its full natural spectacle.
Walking or running:
A gentle stroll or power walk around the island is a must, and a great way to experience Island life. A casual walk takes just short of 90mins. For those that like to get their energy zap, there is a track for running that offers spectacular views of the Island.
H2O has a selection of wonderful books which can be enjoyed whilst relaxing on our Zen veranda. With a wide range of titles on Yoga, Alternative Healing, Meditation, Buddhism and other spiritual topics you'll never be short of inspiration. There are also 'second hand' book shops on the island where books (mainly fiction) can be both exchanged or purchased.