Gili Air is the ideal mixture of the other two Gilis. While it has similar facilities as Gili Trawangan – with the same restaurant and diving school franchises – it is almost as quiet as Gili Meno. There is a slight happy feel to the island, and you can listen to the locals playing old reggae clas- sic while sipping your beer into the sunset.
The eastern side of the island is lined with plenty of beach bars and restaurants. Regarding nightlife, there’s more of a laid-back, chill-out bar culture, and though there are places you can go dancing, clubbing is not a priority for Gili Air-goers. But full moon parties are very popular and take place here each month. Also, Gili Air hosts big international Burning Island Festival every year. With the bunch of DJs, it is three days of house, minimal and trance music under the stars. Dates vary annually, but it is a must see festival on the white beaches of a beautiful island. It is also Air is a long-term commitment to the island’s people and it’s sustainable development, so from every sold ticket, a portion goes to primary school, disposal of waste and veterinary clinic.
If you come to visit for a few days and want to do something except chill there are six diving centers. You can also try free diving or apnea. With an abundance of dive sites and warm, clear waters, Gili Air is the perfect place to experience the fantastic and fast-growing sport. Although diving on a single breath of air may sound difficult, you will be amazed what an experienced team of free diving instructors can do for you in a short time.
The coral reef off the east coast provides excellent snorkeling opportunities – just like the other Gilis, you will see a clown fish for sure, and there is a good chance you will spot turtles. On the western side, you will find unspoilt white sandy beaches and little else.