Gili Air: Birthday Paradise


It’s getting cold here in Beijing. Night time lows are already getting into the minuses and I’m starting to dream about when I’ll get my next warm weather fix. It won’t be for a while so I’d better get round to blogging about all the amazing sun I had on my endless summer trip this year!

I had a big birthday this summer (21?) and we celebrated it in Gili Air. I couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect place to enjoy my day. While I had a fantastic time learning to scuba dive on Gili T, Gili Air was a little bit more laid back and relaxed. The night life was more fun but chilled- beach bars instead of beach clubs, which is more my scene- and it was so much less crowded. Whilst in no way deserted, it definitely had more of a castaway island feel.

Birthday on Gili Air
Birthday on Gili Air

We had three days in Gili Air and my birthday was the last full one.  Justin and I began the day by trying stand up paddle boarding for the first time! I wanted to try it but wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it. Anything involving arm muscles is usually not my strength! Well guess what? I didn’t fall off once and even beat Justin in a race!  We didn’t take any photos but it was so much fun and I’m eager to try it again- just as long as the waters are as calm as they were during our Gili stay. We also cycled around the island on bikes (my favourite out of water Gili pastime) and swam in the sea (of course). I loved cycling round in my bikini and board shorts. I felt so freeeee!

Justin Jumping on Gili Air
Justin Jumping on Gili Air
Jumping on Gili Air
Jumping  for birthday joy on Gili Air

We couldn’t have had a more perfect setting for dinner- a beautiful outdoor restaurant with a table on the beach. We nearly skipped that venue (Scallywags) mistakingly thinking they didn’t have a non-fish veggie option for me. But it turns out they did (and amazing cocktails too!) and everything was perfect!

Sunset on Gili Air
Sunset on Gili Air

Gili Air- I love you and I’d celebrate a birthday with you again anytime!

Have you ever tried stand up paddle boarding?? If not, would you like to?


18 thoughts on “Gili Air: Birthday Paradise

  1. Ohh how awesome!! Guess what? Coincidentally I will spend my birthday on the Gili Islands next year 😀 when I saw the title of your post I thought I had to read it!!
    Im still deciding in which of the islands I will stay, but so far Im guessing Gili Air is more what Im looking for… I dont want a crowded place. Do you know if they have diving centers there? Im going for diving too, and I was wondering if you liked diving there 🙂
    Sorry for so many questions, Im at the planning process, so you know how it is 😀
    You birthday sounded to be amazing, just like I want mine to be next year! Great photos too!!

    1. Oh that’s fantastic- you will love spending you birthday there! I liked both Gili T and Gili Air (didn’t make it to Gili Meno) but Gili Air was definitely my favourite. I LOVED diving around the Gilis- it was great. They have several diving centres on Gili Air too so you will be fine. How exciting! Let me know if you have any more questions!

      1. Thank you dear 😀 that is great to know!! You just helped me to make my mind and decided to stay in Gili Air… next May I will be there. If I have questions I will for sure contact you, but for now you helped me a lot 😀
        I wish you a great day, thank you again 🙂

    1. It really is a great place to spend a birthday- especially the big ones haha! I loved the Gilis so much. I didn’t make it to Meno though, only Air and T, so maybe I’ll just have to go back next year!

  2. Sounds like a ball. I’d love to celebrate a birthday like that. I’ve never done the stand up paddle board thing but I’d really like to try!

    1. You should give it a try if you get the chance! I just wanted to give it a try but was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I’d love to do it more- it was a greta workout too!

  3. I’ve totally been whining about how hot it is in Jakarta and how much I’m missing the cool fall weather back in the US. But now that I’ve read your post I’m realizing how lucky I am to have warm weather instead of dealing with the blistering cold like so many other people. Your photos make me want to go back the Gilis so badly. I really want to stay on Gili Air next time! What a perfect birthday 🙂

    1. Thanks Justine! Oh yes- you should go back to the Gilis and stay on Air. I loved it. Haha well yeh I am pretty envious of you having hot weather right now! But I bet if I had really hot weather all year I’d moan too haha!

        1. It is pretty chilly! But we’ve been really lucky and had a lot of wind to blow away the pollution lately! It really makes such a difference when there’s a bit of sun!

  4. We hit Gili T last year and weren’t thrilled.

    Our suspicions were that Meno or Air would be more our thing… You’ve well and truly confirmed that!

    Very jealous! 🙂

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