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The Paradise That is Gili Air

Gili Air, a tropical paradise off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia. White sand beaches, crystal clear water and a snorkeling heaven, you won't ever want to leave.



Gili Air is pretty much perfection. It’s the idyllic island paradise that you can imagine when you close your eyes. Only it’s more beautiful than that.

Located in Indonesia, Gili Air is one of three Gili Islands nestled together along the north-west coast of Lombok.

Gili Air, near Lombok, Indonesia. One of three beautiful Gili Islands of paradise.

It is the second Gili Island I have visited, and my favourite.

The first time you see the unnaturally clear water, it will take your breath away.

Gorgeous Gili Air, one of three Gili Islands located next to Lombok, Indonesia.

The thin white sanded beach with overhanging trees and a range of laid back beach bars and restaurants separating it from the shaded dirt path is picture perfect.

Even if Gili Air wasn’t home to a surreal underwater wonderland, a snorkeler’s wet dream, and even if the food wasn’t fresh and delicious, it would still be the perfect place to relax and be very happy.

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Gili Air is a tough place to leave. In fact, the painful tearing oneself from this island dream seems to be the trade off for living in such dream-like surroundings.

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A few days turn to more. For us, eight days passed in a blink of the eye, and we would have easily stayed for eight months, or even eight years, were it not for the noose-like flight waiting for us in Bali.

When you’re staying on Gili Air, you can’t help but talk of coming back as soon as possible. Of setting up home here, and of how it is the perfect place for a honeymoon, a place to escape from it all, and a place to visit again and again.

gili air is so relaxing and beautiful.

Come back soon for my Gili Guide and Gili Snorkeling Experience

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    November 26, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Gili Air looks so beautiful! I spent two weeks on Gili Trawangan and I was so taken with it that I never even bother to explore the other islands. It’s amazing how quickly time passes on the Gilis. For such a small island I never got bored on Gili T. I honestly could have stayed for much longer but I started to feel guilty about not being more active. I really would like to go back and next time I will definitely stay on Gili Air! Any recommendations of good places to stay?
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      November 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      I loved Gili Trawangan too, I never wanted to leave! But I heard it had gotten a bit too like Kuta, Bali, so decided to go to Air instead. I think next time I’ll have to try Meno, even just for a day.
      Yes, we stayed in Mawar Bungalows, I’ll be doing a post about them. They were cheap and so chilled!

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    Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie)
    November 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Gili Air looks like a paradise indeed! Those blues are so rich and the landscape looks so incredibly lush! I’ve not heard of the Gili islands, so thanks for the introduction. Loved the pictures:)
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      November 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks Jacquie, they really are a paradise. 🙂

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    November 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I would really use some tropical warmth from a place like Gili Air right about now. It snowed unusually early this year in Idaho and stayed cold so the snow and ice stuck around for over a week. Though it’s nothing compared to the feet of snow that fell in Buffalo, NY.
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      November 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      You and me both Jeri! I heard about all that snow, it’s crazy. I hope it doesn’t continue for too long.

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    Meredith Wouters
    November 27, 2014 at 1:36 am

    I’m so jealous! This looks perfect, and a far cry more comfortable than my freezing temps here! That water is amazing, and I can imagine how easy it would be to lose track of time there.
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      November 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      I think the water could be my favourite thing about the Gili’s Meredith. 🙂

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    Duke Stewart
    November 27, 2014 at 4:54 am

    This looks dream-like, just as you say. The more I see of Lombok, the more I’m thinking that’s it going to be my destination in Indonesia. It’s similar to Palawan in the Philippines being overshadowed by Boracay and the others. Bali is where everyone thinks to go there instead of this awesomeness. Thanks for sharing.
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    November 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Christine – this looks so wonderful and is everything you said in your opening sentence – it does look exactly like what you dream. I loved the pictures you shared – they let us a glimpse a slower way of life. I’m so envious.
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      November 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you Lenie. It really is a dream-like place.

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    November 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I need to holiday here like yesterday!

    I so need a break. If there are any being given away, let me know!

    The beach looks so tranquil.
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      November 27, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Me too! I’ll let you know, but you’ll have to beat me to it! 🙂

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    Ken Dowell
    November 27, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Looks beautiful. And peaceful. Something about the color of the water.
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    Noelle McNamara
    November 28, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Christine, WOW! What an amazing part of the world…it looks exactly like a paradise island…I would very much like to be enjoying the island life right about now! 🙂

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    November 28, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Gili Air really seems amazing.

    We will have holidays for a week in January and I was planning with my husband about our visit to some place.

    I feel after reading this post I am really impressed to check this amazing place. Here in Saudi Arabia there is a place ” Rice” it is an amazing place with its beach with white sand.

    This blue shinny sea reminds me about ” RICE”. I will try to convince my husband for Gili Air.

    Thank you for great pics and information.
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    Marquita Herald
    November 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I’ve never heard of Gili Air but it really does look like a lovely place. Since I live on an island I’m not inclined to go to other islands for vacation, but I can see how this place could really get under your skin. Lovely photos by the way.
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    William Rusho
    November 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    That does look like a paradise. That ocean is incredible. This is a place you want to go just to relax.

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    December 9, 2014 at 2:48 am

    I spent many weeks on Gili Air years ago and it is one of those places, like the islands that surround it, that captivates you for years to come. I have great memories of Gili Air and Trawangan…although the ones of Trawangan are a bit more blurry 🙂
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