The south of the island has the ferry jetty, and small boats carrying passengers from the ferries also land on this southern beach. Most of the traditional village life is centred around the jetty; with a few eateries, money changer and travel agent.
The northern side of the island has accommodation and restaurants, with views of sunrises and sunsets. The eastern side has some of the best accommodation and restaurants, including most of the more recent development and the best snorkelling reef. The western side has seen better days as the accommodation is run-down and the reef looks as if it has been removed in places, probably to provide building materials before development was properly managed.
Accommodation on Gili Air
The east coast has the best snorkelling, swimming beach and the best of the restaurants. Also the liveliest area during the low season.
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Very nice cottages set amongst a beautiful garden, a little way back from the beach. Coconuts is run by Kamil & Elaine who have very high standards. Cottages have king size beds, mosquito nets, ensuite bathrooms with hot showers, porches, hammocks, power, ceiling fans, towels are included. Their Frangipani garden restaurant is great in a lovely setting. Water bottle refills available. Everything is spik-and-span. Check out is 10am. Cottages are IRP125,000 per night, with AC is IRP200,000. Breakfast included.
Just east of Legend Island on the northern shore.
2 very nice, new chalets with ensuite bathrooms, nice furniture, porches, power, cooling fans and fixed mosquito nets. Towels and breakfast are provided. The owner Danny is very friendly and helpful and makes a great breakfast. IRP100,000 per night (IRP80,000 in low season).