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Closest to Lombok, Gili Air falls between Gili T’s sophistication and less-is-more Meno. It has both space and life. Air was the first Gili to be settled by Bugis and Sasak fishing families, and there remains a strong, rural community in place. Though tourism does dominate the island’s economy today, coconuts and fishing remain vital income streams. The white-sand beaches here are arguably the best of the Gili bunch. Snorkelling is good right from the main strip – a lovely sandy lane dotted with bamboo bungalows and little restaurants where you can eat virtually on top of a turquoise sea.