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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 26th 2010

The Gili Islands are like something out of a movie. Tranquil and relaxing and so beautiful that each picture you take seems like it should be on a postcard. A place where rolling blackouts are still the norm and motorized transport is banned. A place where you can step off the beach and snorkel with giant sea turtles, or hike up to a WWll Era Japanese military bunker and watch a perfect sunset. A place that is hard to reach but even harder to leave. We arrived on Gili Trawangan (The largest of the three Gili's) on a picture perfect day. Finding a hostel was somewhat difficult as all the tourists had come to Gili to avoid being in Bali during Nyepi, a Balinese religious holiday. We eventually found one a few hundred metres from the ... read more
Relaxing in Gili
Undeveloped Beach

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 3rd 2010

So after the exciting feats of Berastagi, the time had unfortunately come to leave the adventures of Sumatra behind, along with the beautiful landscape, and travel down to the beaches of the Gilli Islands where Lucy (another of my housemates from university) would be waiting. We estimated the journey would take us about 28 hours, our naively optimistic opinion was telling us that it shouldn’t be too bad... 36 hours later, and once again, we were wrong. Phase one of the journey included another 2 hour ride on our favourite bumpy modes of transport - the public buses, with an exciting twist being that the aisle was so thin, you could barely move between seats sideways, ensuring that if you happened to be carrying a backpack, injuries were going to occur. Next phase of the ... read more
Sunset from the boat
The boat to the Gilis

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 2nd 2010

Good Day All!!, Well, to start things off, we have found the perfect little island 2 hours from Bali and 15 minutes from Lombok. These are a set of three islands Gili T, which is the largest is where we hang our hat for a few days. We have been here one night and wish we could stay for months. At a whopping rate of .04 cents a minute a have some time to write about our travels without breaking the bank. Our group we are traveling with is an amazing selection of amuzement. We have seen the craziest of foods and the most abundent range of shops, bars, clubs, and horse driven taxi's. There is a strict law of NO scooters or cars on this island, it takes about 2 hours to walk around the ... read more
bali sunset
when we arrived in the gili islands..our island
the restaurant views.

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan January 13th 2010

Hello! We're enjoying a fairly relaxed day on Gili T, although we did manage to fit in walking around the entire edge of the island! It's lovely here, and the weather hasn't been too hot today like yesterday. I'm a little bit burned but Sarah got the worst of it! We arrived in Senggigi on Lombok on the 8th (I think) and didn't do an awful lot, it took most of the day to get there having left quite late. Then we spent a day relaxing, and then the day after we hired a moped and managed to get ourselves to the Ganggi waterfalls and back without falling off and/or hurting ourselves. It was a bit hairy - I was doing the riding although Sarah had a few goes as well, although not with me on ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 27th 2009

Da wir am Ende der Indonesienreise nach Bali zurueck kommen wollten, war es nach zwei weiteren und somit insgesamt 16 Tagen in Kuta an der Zeit, ein weiteres Stueckchen Indonesien kennenzulernen. Und weil ja auch Silvester vor der Tuer stand, war unser Ziel diesmal die Gili Islands, Gili Trawangan vor Lombok um genau zu sein. 6 Uhr Morgens ging es auf zur Faehre in Padang Bai, die zwar mit einem Trip (inklusive Bus und Boot) von insgesamt 12 Stunden laenger als das Speedboat (3h) dauerte, dafuer aber viel billiger war. Und zu meiner Ueberraschung gab es sogar Betten an Board, sodass die Fahrt richtig angenehm war und am Abend sassen wir schon in einer der gemuetlichen Strandbars auf den Gilis und haben uns bei einheimischer Livemusik billigen Rum schmecken lassen. Viele sagen ja, dass die Gilis ... read more
Ueberal auf der Insel konnte man herrlich relaxen
Und auch das Schnorcheln war genial
Hier ist die Insel noch menschenleer


Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan November 14th 2009

November 14 2009 - November 22 2009 TRANSPORT: Padangbai (Bali) to Gili Trawangan--Rp150,000 (includes ferry to Lembar, bus transfers to Bangsal and boat to Gili Trawangan) Gili Air to Senggigi--Rp75,000 (includes boat to Bangsal and bus transfer to Senggigi) HOTELS: Snapper Bungalows (Gili Trawangan) Twin, fan, cold water, western toilet--Rp150,000 inc breakfast. Not a bad value place just opposite the beach. Restaurant serves some great food and for once a pretty decent breakfast! Tao Kombo (Gili Meno) Double "platform", outside squat toilet, cold water--Rp100,000 inc. breakfast A unique place with a few bungalows and two platforms. Yes platforms and they do exactly what they say on the tin! Literally a platform, with a mattress and mosquito net and a private outside toilet. Worth the experience! Nina Bungalows (Gili Air) Double, fan, cold water, western toile... read more
Padangbai to Lembar
Padangbai to Lembar
Padangbai to Lembar

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 18th 2009

(Day 562 on the road) I have done my fair share of diving all over Southeast Asia in the last year or so, but nothing comes even close to how amazing the underwater life is here in the Gili Islands off Lombok's north coast. Apparently, the fishermen are paid by the local dive operators NOT to fish, and it more than shows in the marine life to be found just a few metres from the beach. Visibility is amazing with 20 to 30 metres, and thousands of tropical fish (many in big swarms) and some turtles are all over the place. Arriving back in Indonesia through Bali's airport was a fairly straight-forward process - at least by Indonesian standards. It took me only one hour to get to the front of the queue at the four ... read more
Amazing beach on Gili Trawangan
Want some peace and quiet, ma'am? Or water?
Fresh fish on offer at the restaurant

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 9th 2009

Grace and an enamel bowl. A woman walks past in the street below. Her flip flopped feet pat in time to the ebb of the ocean behind her. It is early morning and the sea shimmers behind her like fish scales in the sun. Her traditional Indonesian sarong hugs her slender frame. She is elegant and regal, despite her poverty. The woman balances an enormous enamel bowl lightly on her head. A huge fish, curved like a boomerang spills over the edges, its head and tail flopping in time to her pit patting flip flops. Its black skin shines in the early morning sun. It looks wet, rather than dead. And given that this is Gili, there’s a chance it could be. Perhaps the flopping is from her gait. Or, perhaps, the fish is not yet ... read more
Hot wheels.
Horses 9 dwarf hands high.
Turtles (but no turtle necks).

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 9th 2009

Today is the last day of Ramadan. Tonight the island folk will eat a celebratory dinner with their families and tomorrow they will go to Mosque and pray. And then it will all be over. The month of exercising one’s will power and following an age old tradition. Weaving simple friendships… I stopped to say hello to a man this morning who was weaving little baskets. I asked what they were for. “Rice” he answered. “Is it from the coconut tree” I queried. He nodded. “Coconoot,” he confirmed. I asked if he could teach me to make one. Nodding, he drew a long frond from the pile beside him and handed it to me. “Your son?” He asked. “Yes”. “I have son too. In back.” He looped three circles of the palm frond. I copied him. ... read more
Biking around the island,
Hay you!

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 9th 2009

A civilization lost. Yesterday I watched a storm brewing, and rain pouring down over Lombok. Slowly it moved over to Gili Meno and then towards us. Watching it, we packed up our stuff and moved to a little beach hut to carry on playing cards. Then the rain belted down. We walked home. It felt good to be washed wet with fresh water. What a luxury it is. How spoilt we are, us rich westerners with all our creature comforts. So wealthy we’ve forgotten how to walk in the rain. How to call water “sweet” and long for its embrace. A comfortable shoe. I am still. The ease of Gili Trawangan has settled over me. It fits like a soft old sock. Below me Cusz teases his guitar, gently as is his nature. Five young men ... read more
Hide, and seek.
The kids love it too.
And all his pearlies still intact...

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