How to get to Gili Air? Hotel, activities and personality.
Posted on 28/11/2017 by Brian Varon
Manta Dive Gili Air, your next travel destination!
It’s time for your vacation and deciding where to go on holidays can be a stress of its own, so we’ll make your life easy and tell you why our corner of paradise should be on your hit list of places to visit! First of all, you want to go somewhere exotic and far from your office, you are also thinking of coconut trees, bungalows, beach and stunning mountain views and last but not least you do not want to be in the middle of a bunch of tourists with selfie sticks. You just want the right amount of atmosphere for a drink, lots of laughs and a good chat. If this is you, welcome to our tropical paradise, welcome to Gili Air!
Is Gili Air right for me?
Gili Air belongs to a small archipelago of three islands in Indonesia, called the Gilis. Each island has its own personality. Gili Trawangan is the party island, Gili Meno is ideal if you want to escape from people, and Gili Air, well it has just the perfect balance of activity and relaxation.
The Gilis have been named by Lonely Planet as the best place to learn scuba diving! This is of course because the islands enjoy majestic marine life and pristine coral reefs, but there is way more. Gili Air has the most coconut trees of the three Gilis and it has transparent waters with average of 25 meters crystal-clear visibility! White sand beaches surround the whole island and of course the bright sun holds the temperature of the island idyllic between 27 and 30 degrees Celcius (80.6 – 86.0 Farenheit). Around the whole island you can choose a spot where you can get your golden tan while reading your novel and enjoying an ice-cold margarita. In the afternoon you can go for a walk through the streets of the island, get yourself a tropical shirt and delight yourself with a beer and some reggae music. Oh, yes! You don’t have to worry about a thing… (Bob Marley... reggae, see what we did there…)
However, you might be thinking: “Sounds great, but aren’t there many places like this already?” You are completely right and this is why we will tell you about the only thing you will definitely not find anywhere else, the culture of the indigenous Sasak People.
What makes Gili Air special?
Indonesia is home to many different cultures and tribes and, on the Gilis, you will come across the indigenous Sasak people. Their culture has been influenced by visitors of many parts of the world. Most of the Sasaks today are adherents of the ‘Waktu Lima’ version of Islam. ‘Waktu Lima’ or Five Times signifies the five daily prayers which Muslims are required to do. Yes, it is still Asia, but Buddhism is not the main religion here, that is what makes this place so unique.
Now, one thing that you will notice on the island rather quickly is that they are an Asian tribe that are very keen in conserving their lifestyle which is highly focused on delighting themselves in the beauty of their surrounding nature and the simplicity of life. Isn’t this what you are looking for? If so, you might want to go for a walk through their markets full of colorful souvenirs or relax in a beruga in front of the beach (traditional Sasak tent) and don’t forget to try their traditional dish, a ‘nasi campur’, with a little bit of ‘sambal’ if you dare to eat spicy. The options are endless and the experiences are definitely worth creating a high-quality photo album!
Amazing! But… how to get to Gili Air and which Gili Air resort?
Alright, step 1 - travel destination - ready.
Let’s jump to step 2, ‘how to get to Gili Air and your Gili Air hotel?’
If you are someone who wants to feel comfortable while traveling, would love to stay in a resort literally steps away from the beach and would like to try spending a night in an exotic Gili Air bungalow built in the traditional Sasak style, then, let us help you reach our paradise.
You can reach Gili Air with boat transfer from Lombok or Bali (these are the neighbor islands who have an airport). Since Gili Air is closer to Lombok, flying to Lombok will be the easiest way to get to the island. If you cannot fly directly to Lombok, you could also try flying to Bali. Either way, from Bali or Lombok you can take a boat trip to Gili Air. Manta Dive Gili Air resort can help you book your transport from the airport to the doors of your bungalow and then back to the airport again. Oh, yes! You don’t have to stress a single bit!
Once on the island, Manta Dive Gili Air Resort will help you book your favorite sightseeing trips. It is highly recommended that you don’t miss the abundance of marine life in the waters of the Gilis. The resort has a scuba diving school for beginners and advanced divers where you can easily book your scuba diving trips, even if you have no previous experience. Book directly through our Manta Dive Gili Air resort website and get discounts when you combine a scuba diving package with hotel accommodation in our Gili Air bungalows.
Need more? The air-conditioned bungalows in Manta Dive Gili resort Air are fitted with wooden or tiled flooring. They are well equipped with a personal safe and freshly laundered linen. Each accommodation has a terrace overlooking the pool or garden and hot shower facilities are included in the semi open bathrooms. The resort is surrounded by coconut trees and lush greenery and to make it even more comfortable for you, the resort boasts three outdoor pools for training and swimming, as well as a restaurant; the famous Waterfront Gili Air.
Okay, so, in short. You want to visit somewhere exotic, stay in a resort next to the beach with stunning mountain views and you want just the right amount of atmosphere to relax and have a good chat. Then, spent a night among the coconut trees next to the sedative sound of the waves in a 4-star Gili Air hotel and let the Manta Dive Gili Air Resort do the rest for you. This is your holiday, and the only thing you have to do is make everybody at home jealous!