Gili Air Surf Spot
Due to its remote location and lack of particular amenities, Gili Air is still relatively unexplored by the surfing community.
Thus, it provides an authentic South East Asian experience without compromising on epic waves. You can expect fewer folks in the line-up and friendly welcoming locals. All things said Gili Air should make your list of surf destinations before it explodes as the next Bali or Lombok. Gili Air is the closest to Lombok and thus is a great option for day tripping to explore new breaks.
What kind of wave is Gili Air?
Gili Air: Reef Break
Gili Air: Intermediate
Gili Air: Right
Gili Air: Reef
Gili Air: Optional
Gili Air: Shortboard
Gili Air: Empty
Gili Air: Shallow reef, dumpy lips, strong currents
Best swell direction:
Gili Air: SSW
Best wind direction:
Gili Air: WNW
What tide is best:
Gili Air: High
Best tide movement:
Gili Air: Rising
Gili Air: Almost non-existent
Best time of year:
Gili Air: June – August
Gili Air: Vibe? There’s nobody else out!
Other names for spot:
Gili Air: Perama
What is the beach like?
The beach at Are Guling is a half-moon shaped stretch of beach skirted by heavy green foliage and nearby island Gili Nusa. A great place for sunbathing or photos if you’re not into surfing. You typically won’t see many tourists cruising the beach and can enjoy the solitude that comes with it.
Where should I stay?
Despite the slow development on the Gili islands, there is still an abundance of accommodations to choose from. Roll your eyes over our list below for recommendations near the surf break on Gili Air.
Cheapest Price Range – 7SEAS Cottages
Anywhere you choose to stay in Air Gili is bound to be gorgeous due to the surrounding natural beauty. 7SEAS Cottages are no different. Right off the beach from the local break at Gili Air, you’ll be able to watch the line-up from the resident bar/restaurant. Cottages at 7SEAS are clean, comfortable, and surprisingly modern for the remoteness of the island. You can enjoy shaded seating areas bound together with thatch and bamboo for afternoon cocktails after a full day of surfing. Just steps from the sea, it’s easy to hop on a boat to local surf, dive, fishing, or snorkel spots in the vicinity. Great for travellers who are looking to stay comfortable without breaking the bank.
Mid Price Range – Chill Out Bungalows
Chill Out Bungalow us located about a quarter of a block north of the surf break at Gili Air. Needless to say, you couldn’t get much closer to the break if you were sleeping on the beach. Chill Out Bungalows are a collection of private cottages sat directly on the sand on the edge of Air Gili. Bungalows are often outfitted with bunk rooms for travelling families and groups looking for a place to crash. While you’re making a slight step up in price, you’re paying for a bit more space, seclusion, and private beach access. Great for families, couples, and groups.
Luxury Price Range – Slow Gili Air
Slow Gili Air villas are a 5-minute bike ride or 15-20 minute walk to the waves even though the likelihood of scoring surf on Gili Air is typically low regardless. However, these rustic and modern tropical villas are a great place to live the high life in between long spells of perfect waves. Each private villa is held together by a mixture of concrete and locally sourced wood and stone surrounded by heavily manicured gardens and private pools. An amazing place for a romantic getaway in a little solitude. Great for travelling couples and honeymooners.
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Is there food nearby?
Warung Sunny – You never can go wrong with your local Warung. Warung Sunny seems to be no exception in that its food is inspired by the origins of each of its travellers. You’ll find burritos for stoked Southern Californians, street food for Awestruck Ozzies, and “authentic Indonesian” for your hipster kiwi friend. Open air, surrounded by a bamboo fence, bamboo tables, and bamboo chairs. Am I sensing a trend? Great for anyone looking to grind on before exploring.
Classico Italiano – Pizza, surprisingly or not, is becoming a bit of a staple on South Asian islands like Gili Air. Classico Italiano sticks to the greatest hits with thin crust, fire roasted, and heavily topping-ed pizzas. Tiramisu is amazing if you’re wondering and with a wide selection of wines, Classico Italiano is a great night out for families, couples, friends, and singles looking for a taste of Italia.
Pachamama Organic Cafe – Just about anywhere you find good surf you’re bound to find a Pachamama. Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, and now Gili Air all hold their own tribute to the Incan goddess. This hip and shabby-chic Cafe is a beautiful open-air retreat where you can fill up on cuisine inspired by Pachamama’s South American roots. Fresh and Healthy ingredients are great for refuelling before your next surf or adventure.
What else is there to do in the area other than surfing?
Gili Air Night Market – The Night Market on Gili Air is a great spot for freshly cooked authentic Indonesian cooking, for your kiwi friend again, and the occasional live music. This comes with the added delight of being incredibly affordable. You’ll also find a wide array of sweets and fresh infused noodles. Don’t expect the hustle and bustle of night markets in other parts of South Asia as everything in Gili Air is a lot smaller and more laid back. Unfortunately, the dates for when the Night Market is open aren’t conclusive but is typically open during the peak season.
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Where is Gili Air?
Gili Air is part of the North Lombok Regency and the closest island to the northwest coast of Lombok out of the 3 Gili islands in a row (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air).
How to get around?
The luxury of the Gili Islands is that you can get anywhere easily by foot!
Is there parking fees?
You won’t have anything to park on Gili Air except for yourself on a comfortable beach lounger with Bintang in hand.
How to get to Gili Air?
From Bali, the quickest way to get to Gili Air is by fast boat from Serangan or Padang Bai. From Padang Bai it will take you approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and from Serangan it will take approximately 2 hours. Either option will cost you approximately 800,000Rp one way.