How to get here and what to know
With turquoise waters and stunning reefs, perfect views for sunsets and sunrises, and laidback vibes, Gili Air is lovingly referred to as the paradise island. With no motorised vehicles to disturb the peace and beachfront only a 20-minute walk in any direction, Gili Air lives up to that name with ease.
How to get here and what to know
To get to Flowers & Fire from Bali you will need to get a fastboat over from Padang Bai. There are a few options nearer the airport but Padang Bai is the main harbour gateway to Gili Air. Please allow at least half a day to get here. The shuttle pickup from your hotel in Bali (which is typically included in the fastboat ticket price with the bigger boat companies) will normally be in the morning around 7am and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to get to Padang Bai, depending on your location. The fastboat (most leave at around 9am) from Padang Bai to Gili Air takes just under 2 hours so will get you to the island before midday. There are some fastboats leaving around 11:30am and 1:00 pm as well, though these options are reduced in low season. There are also fastboat options from Amed if you are coming here from the northeast coast. These take about an hour to get to the island. If you need help with organising a transfer and fastboat, you can contact the agent we use who is reliable and offers affordable prices. His name is Gede. His WhatsApp number is +62-812-4669-9885. You can pay him directly in cash on the day. Just let him know you’re staying at Flowers & Fire on Gili Air.
If you are coming from Lombok Praya International Airport you’ll need to get a taxi from there to Bangsal (takes just under two hours) and then a 15-minute boat ride to Gili Air. We have a great agent that we use who will be able to organise a taxi pickup/boat ride for you and you’ll just need to pay him directly (in cash) on the day. His name is Ikbal and his WhatsApp number is +62-823-4277-5358. Just let him know you’re staying at Flowers & Fire on Gili Air. Once you arrive at the harbour in Gili Air, you head up (north) the main street of Gili Air which is directly ahead of you as you exit the boat and we are about a five-minute walk up that street on the right-hand side (just before you get to the T-junction). It’s an easy stroll.
At Flowers & Fire Yoga Garden, we are delighted to be located right in the heart of the community. Gili Air’s local community is incredibly welcoming and accepting of the different cultural customs of the island’s tourist guests and it is always appreciated when guests have some reciprocal understanding and respect for their customs. As Gili Air is a Muslim island, there is a mosque in the center of the island that broadcasts the call to prayer five times a day. It is normally only about five to 10 minutes in duration, though sometimes a longer sermon is broadcast (normally on Fridays, which is the most significant day of the week in Islam). It can be heard over most of the island but can be quite meditative and a nice reminder to check in. Flowers & Fire Yoga Garden loves that our location offers guests a birdseye view of this unique local community and we enjoy a friendly and respectful relationship with our neighbors. As a way of maintaining good relations, we request that guests be respectful to local cultural and religious sensibilities by not walking/riding a bicycle through the streets in a bikini or crop/midriff tops (for women) or shirtless (for men) – a dress or top/vest and shorts are fine. On the beachfront, bikinis (women) and shorts (men) are perfectly fine.
What to do, see and explore on our paradise island
You can join a privately chartered boat snorkel tour to three sites and lunch on Gili Meno with a 99 per cent guarantee to see turtles! A tour is easy to book and approx $10USD per person from the many operators along the beachfront. Alternatively, you can get in contact with the ever-smiling Rizal +62 (0) 853 3760 8190 to book a tour in advance. For the more adventurous-minded, you can paddle out in the water directly in front of Legends Bar and continue straight to find the reef beneath you. It is a bit of a swim and you must go beyond where the waves break at the dropoff point to find some beautiful coral gardens. You can rent a mask, snorkel & fins there for 40,000IDR per set.
For the mermaids and mermen among us, scuba diving around the Gilis is a must. We recommend 3W Dive, Blue Marlin, Manta or Ocean5. Fun dives are around 450,000IDR if you’re certified, or you can enrol in an open-water course for 5,500,000IDR.
If you feel like the manta is your spirit animal, the new phenomenon of sub winging (I never saw this before I came to the Gilis and can’t help but giggle at the sight of it) might be your jam. Check out @subwing_gili_islands for more info.
If you want to be in the water but not underwater, there’s always paddleboarding. For $10 to $30USD per person depending on the program you choose, you can paddle around the island. Book in for SUP yoga or a sunset or sunrise tour at Blue Marine https://www.facebook.com/bluemarinesup/
Yoga at Flowers & Fire
With daily drop-in classes and a variety of community events, Flowers & Fire is the spot to start or deepen your yoga practice and connect with like-minded travelLers and locals. Check out our weekly timetable for upcoming special events.
Although wifi can be unreliable around the island, your best bets for stable connection and productive surroundings are Flowers & Fire, Mowies and Captain Coconuts.
Great sunset music sessions at Cheeky Monkeys,Lucky’s Bar, and the weekly pool parties at Gili Lumbung!
Darts and Games Nights
Pockets and Pints is like Gili Air’s local pub, where you can always meet other travellers, have a laugh, and chat and participate in one of their fun games contests!
Food Foraging & Monkey Forest Tour/ Waterfall Tours
This hiking tour takes you deep into the jungle and teaches you to forage for food like the locals – busting coconuts. Your local guide Ikbal finds a fine balance between being informative and extremely entertaining. Contact Ikbal about a range of other different tours such as Lombok Waterfall Hikes. Approximately US$25-30 per person. WhatsApp: +62 (0) 823 4277 5358.@myforestadventure on Facebook
Pirate’s Bay Cruising organize luxury, customized, multi-day adventure cruises with a full live aboard experience around the islands, to Komodo and beyond. It is approximately EU 175 per day. www.piratesbaycruising.com or @privatesbaycruising
Flowers & Fire Wholefoods Café
Our very own wholefoods café is famous for its smoothie and salad bowls and for making even the healthiest dishes wickedly tasty. Open until 7pm.
Creative culinary dishes with no-wifi policy.
Beautifully designed space where you can chill out all day around the pool. Delicious wholefoods to accommodate many dietary requirements.
Incredible smoothie bowls and delicious local food dishes.
Great drinks and bites served to you while you recline on beanbags on the beach.
Authentic Italian pizzas.
Just off the beach front but incredible authentic Italian cuisine and great wines if you want to spoil yourself for a special occasion.
A Gili Air institution. Chillout offers some of the best swimming (from the beach in front) and one of the best night-time seafood BBQs on the island. Try the tempeh kebab for something surprisingly delicious.
Authentic Italian food served under the stars, homemade pasta, top-rated pizza and local food options. There is something for everyone on the menu here.
Affordable with a big range of local nasi campur. Your best shot at late-night food if everything else is closed.
A favourite of both visitors and locals, Warung Muslim serves traditional sasak dishes.
Oh la la Cafe
Beautifully presented local food creations with a modern twist.
We have only heard amazing things about this local gem.
Try their delicious currys or yummy Murtabaks. Extremely tasty, well priced food, served with a smile.
At Flowers and Fire we offer a range of class levels and workshops to accommodate all levels of experience - from first-timers to experienced yogi’s and yogini’s.