Thinking back of my 10 days (or 11, I lost track of days) in Gili Islands, with around 9 of them in Gili Air, I can’t help but have a huge smile on my face, and a burning nostalgia to go back to this tiny island again! And I can’t think of a better way to explain why I loved this place so much, other than giving you a brief account of my daily routine on the island.
Usually I’d wake up around 8 or 9 in the morning, go outside and let the only worker in our small hotel that we woke up so he would prepare breakfast, and go for a walk on the sea (I didn’t say that wrong) as the tide is extremely low. It was always nice to walk on the rocks and stumble upon some starfish!
Walk back to our bungalow about an hour later and wait for a few more minutes for breakfast to arrive – yes it did always arrive THAT late. We would usually eat breakfast on the front Porch of our bungalow while watching the tide getting high again.
After breakfast, a bicycle ride along the beach is always nice, until we choose one of the many restaurants/bars along the beach to stay at that day. Order cocktails or fresh juice, go snorkeling, go back to tan, repeat.
By lunch time, we would decide if we will eat in same restaurant or go somewhere else. But to be honest, we usually went to that off the beach warung, as it was the only one with normal prices for food, not touristy prices!
Warung is in front of the port, not by the beach, you need to go into the island a bit. A green area with few palm trees and lots of grazing cows is your sign. Turn into the island after the ATM. Yes, it is one ATM on the island.
After lunch, we would go back to our bungalow and rest for a bit either in bed or on the porch watching sunset. If your friends like “magic mushrooms”, all workers in all hotels on Gili Air will offer you a magical mushroom shake around that time of the day, and they would tell you it is the best time to have it while watching sunset.
I am not by any chance saying you should try “magic mushrooms”. I am only saying what the island has to offer. You can try at your own risk. Someday I’ll Be There is not responsible for any outcomes.
After relaxing for a while, a nice walk in the darkness of the island along the beach is perfect. Especially that weather at night is just amazing! We would walk back to the main strip, choose a restaurant and have dinner and some cocktails or a refreshing juice. Then have another long stroll back to our bungalow where we would enjoy the rest of the evening while listening to the sound of the waves!
Of course, some days were not like the others! Sometimes we were more energetic and decided to walk or ride bicycles all around the island. Some other days we just didn’t go out will it was lunch/dinner time. But this is a general schedule of the daily routine. I could have honestly stayed doing this for a few weeks more without getting bored at all!
Now do you slightly get why I loved Gili Air so much?
Have you ever been to Gili Air? What’s your take on life on this island?