Gili Air: A Procrastinator’s Paradise

Picture a small, no, a tiny island.. put a bunch of people in there as if they were born to smile and “halo” at you.. scatter a few cafes and spas here and there, place colorful bean bags along the white sandy beach, try to fill the gaps wherever you want with a dive shop and then, then like a master painter, paint the lining of the island with the most exquisite shade of turquoise blue that you can find on your palette..

and you have Gili Air.

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Thankfully, Gili Air is filled with a very different crowd, not the sort that ups the tempo by partying hard but the sort that loves to procrastinate, has hours to spare for just gazing into the bright blue sea ahead as Bintang, the amazing local beer, keeps company, has an occasional desire to cycle a bit and finds oneself around the island in well short of an hour, wishes to enjoy the sunset while taking a dip and gets an entire beach for that.

Gili Air is all about this attitude, has a carefree relaxation written all over it that you can’t seem to have enough of.

I’ve always felt that if there could be a line dedicated to this amazing place, it might just be one for the beer it swears by, “Raise your hand, and somehow a Bintang will find its way to you.

Bintang and the Sea! What else does a procrastinator need

How to Reach:

Gili Air can be reached by fast boats run by multiple carriers from the ports in Bali. You can make your bookings HERE . Personally I would recommend fast boats run by Eka Jaya or Blue Water Express. Tickets Cost USD 50$ on an average. The fast boat ride is an experience by itself. With uber cool seating and refreshments served on board, your journey is promised to be good.

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All guns blazing

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Leaving a trail

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Splashes

Roaming around in Gili Air:

Gili Air redefines procrastination like no other place. Roam around aimlessly round the island on your foot or hire a bicycle that’s easily available. You can explore all of Gili Air in about two hours, that’s how small the island is. Stop by any of the shacks sip a Bintang and some Calamari Fries and continue.

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No Motor vehicles run in the island, they have horse cart as an alternative though.

 

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The local transport in Gili Air

Where to stay:

There is a range of resorts /homestays/hostels along the coastline.  Booking.com or TripAdvisor as always is THE GO TO PLACE when you are choosing your stays in such islands. We stayed at Grand Sunset Gili Air a decent stay with an infinite pool and a bar to laze around till late nights.

 

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The Infinite Sea and us 🙂

I’ve always felt that if there could be a line dedicated to this amazing place, it might just be one for the beer it swears by, “Raise your hand, and somehow a Bintang will find its way to you.

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The best way to enjoy the Gili Air

 

There are other plethora of activities to indulge in while in Gili like Scuba Diving or swimming with the turtles, but then sometimes all you need is a place to sit, gaze and do nothing 🙂

So when are you heading to this Procrastinator’s Paradise?

 

  1. Manideepa Ghose October 3, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I want to go – yesterday!

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  2. Superb shots with beautiful descriptions … loved 🙂

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  3. Wow such a wonderful place !! Craves me to go there

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  4. I had quite the struggle to choose between Gili Trawangan and Gili Air when I was planning my trip to Bali a couple of months back. I went through so many posts and articles and finally chose Gili T (as a solo woman traveller) and I am even sure why! Gili Air looks absolutely stunning (not that Gili T was not) but a lot more laid back and remote. I mean, look at your pictures, I don’t see a lot of people!

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  5. You made me smile as I read through this post, I used to live in Bali and a visit to the Gilli’s was a regular getaway, and I have to say Gilli Air was my fave out of the three. In-fact I spent NYE on Gilli Air a few years back. You just bought back some great memories 😀

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  6. I have never heard of this place. and by looking at your pictures i m really surprised how…bookmarked thi spost.. will be planning a visit to Indonesia soon, this post will come handy

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  7. Bali has been on my list for a long time and now I guess I have to go to Gilli Air whenever I do make it out there! Thanks for the info on getting there!

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  8. Sounds like paradise! The calamari and local beer look amazing!!!! The beach looks so relaxing and beautiful. This is definitely an island I would love to visit.

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  9. Followingtherivera October 23, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Gili was my favourite part of Bali, hands down. I love eating calamari and beer by the sea, yes please! A great destination and nice vibes.

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  10. Wonderful pictures! I had never heard of Gili Air, but this post makes me want to go! It sounds like a true vacation in paradise.

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