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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air June 17th 2018

“Ever seen a young girl growing old, trying to make herself a bride?” Fifty years ago the Gili archipelago was an untouched, virgin paradise. Viewed from the right perspective the islands are still photogenic. But you’d better get that camera angle precise because, like Rod Stewart, that once youthful beauty is jaded and tired. The view of Gili Air as the ferry from Bali approached the jetty was in the ‘omg’ category; the azure sea, the creamy sand, the green coconut palms. It’s instantly obvious why the Gili islands are so popular, unfortunately it is that very popularity that is the problem. Gili’s Bohemian free spirits like to chill and hang out, but they generate a lot of garbage. The trip from the ferry to your accommodation is along the sandy lanes which criss-cross the ... read more
Typical beach
Typical rubbish
2 for 1 at sunset

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air May 5th 2018

For the last leg of my adventure I headed to Lombok, Bali’s sister island and specifically more for the infamous Gili Islands. I don’t think anything can top my adventures to date. It has just been IN-CRE-DI-BLE!!! 😃👍👌 But it ain’t over until the fat lady sings ... and I ain’t singing just yet!!! 😂🤣😆 So I’m on the plane about to land in Lombok and then comes the announcement... “we regret to inform passengers that we are unable to land in Lombok due to military activity. We will return to Bali”. First thoughts... Then someone mentioned it was Labor Day so the military probably had some practice drill to do, but why oh why didn’t they inform the plane before it took off? Oh it’s quite normal, they just do these things! 😳🙄😲 So back ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air November 9th 2017

A combination of jetlag, all-nighters in Tokyo, bedbugs and sleeping late, saw me end up with a nocturnal body clock in Ubud; more bedbugs and a power cut then combined with my grogginess for a less than ideal morning when it was time to finally leave Ubud. The power cut in the hostel meant that the card machine wasn't working, which meant that I needed to make a mad dash to the ATM in order to get the cash to pay for my stay, before getting picked up by my shuttle. This sort of thing can happen when you're on the road but after two years of it I was just sick of it. Thankfully, the hostel worker was helpful and gave me a ride to the nearest working ATM, which ensured that everything was done ... read more
Going Up For Air
Looking Out To Gili Air
Outside The Hostel

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air October 8th 2017

We had an early pick up from our beautiful villa to transfer us to the port. Char slept most the way and soon enough we were speeding across the sea to Gili T. When we arrived Tash and Jet decided to get a horse and cart taxi to their hotel and we walked to our budget accommodation. We got settled in, met the guys for lunch and then spent the afternoon lounging on the beach and swimming in the turquoise sea. We really noticed the change in Gili T, gone were the small shacks and tat shops along the main beach front area. These had now been replaced with swanky Roxy and Hurley expensive stores. Bit of a shame but understandable. That evening we met up again to go to Sama Sama reggae bar. We remembered ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air September 21st 2017

After our successful taxi ride courtesy of the most corrupt cop on Gili Gede (Iriwan) we arrived at the harbour and then hopped on a ferry to Gili Air. We said our goodbyes to Max and Teresa and headed off towards our bungalow. It was extremely hot and because we cleverly (not) booked our place on the opposite side of the island to the harbour we had worked up a good sweat walking it with our full backpacks. It was very far from the centre and when we spoke to the manager, Frenchman Jacque, we told him that we won't be extending. That being said the bungalow was pretty awesome. Massive king size bed, private bathroom, aircon, balcony, very very private and an absolute steal of a price (as expected). It was overlooking mango trees and ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air June 12th 2017

Hi Guys! This was my second visit to Gili Air, my first being in 2012 and I have to admit I was a little worried it wouldn't live up to my first visit as I had the most amazing time back then. I have to say I wasn't disappointed at all. Is Gili Air a little busier, yes however it is by far ruined and it still has that feel of being a throwback to the old days! Zipp Bar is still there piping out its tuna skewers and bottles of Bintang and the horse and carts are still wheeling up the sand paths at break neck speed!!! The locals are still really friendly and the post sunset vibe is still super chilled. One of the best things to do here, especially on a budget is ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air May 4th 2017

Cocktail diving is a term we've invented for dives which are so chilled out you could fall asleep. This means lovely warm water, great visibility, no currents and lots of pretty fish. It's the kind of diving that we love! As it's been 2.5 years since our last dive we wanted to get our dive legs back with some serious cocktail diving and Gili Air looked like the ideal place to do it. We'd purposefully chosen the Gili Islands as our starting point in Indonesia as we kind of knew what we were getting. We were cheating a little because we've been to the Gilis before, almost 12 years ago when our friends, Sharon and Scott got married. We stayed on Gili T back then, the largest of the three Gili Islands, but we'd heard things ... read more
Finally made it to Indonesia!
Sunset
Loving happy hour - 241 Pina Colada

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air January 27th 2017

Z Bali wyspy Gilli Air i Gilli Trawangan Z Bali wyruszylismy na cudne male wysepki Gili nalezace do Lombok. Wyspy sa polozone bardzo blisko siebie, spedzilismy tydzien na Gili Air i tydzien na Gili Trawangan. Na wysepkach nie ma ani samochodow ani nawet motorynek, jedynymi srodkami transportu sa rowery, konie i wlasne nogi. Gili Air jest 2 co do wielkosci, mniejsza jest Gili Meno a wieksza - Gili Trawangan, Gili Air zwykle da sie obejsc plaza dookola w okolo godzinke, Trawangan w okolo 1,5. Generalnie panuje tu bardzo zrelaksowany klimat, nikt sie nigdzie nie spieszy, jest sporo turystow, kilka szkol nurkowania zarowno PADI jak i SSI, nie ma tutaj psow - tylko koty. Jak zawitalismy na wyspy od razu zauwazylismy, ze koty maja ogonki roznej dlugosci a niekiedy nawet wcale. Ponoc jest to genetyczne. Wszedzie gdzie ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air October 26th 2016

Suzanne here.... For the first time ever on any of our travels, the bus didn't arrive to pick us up. To be more accurate, it was full so drove straight past us. Cue our friendly homestay host Made looking anxious and texting them. To be fair I think someone would have come back for us eventually, but as it was just down the road I hopped on the back of Made's scooter and David walked down. The boat trip with Pacha / Kuda Hitam (two brands but the same firm) cost IDR 240 each, it was rather uncomfortable. Wet gritty floor, hard narrow seats, noisy and a strong smell of diesel fumes. But it got us there. We'd decided to do Gili Air first, the smallest and furthest away from Bali and nearest to Lombok. It's ... read more
Gili Air arrival in the rain
Gili Air - Happy hour cocktails at Chill-out bar
Gili Air - view of Lombok

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air March 12th 2016

Saturday 12th March 2016 Happy to be waving goodbye to the sweat box of a room, but sad to be leaving Gili T which offered us an amazing 4 days, we left the homestay to catch the 9:30am boat to the next island on our list, Gili Air, which is only a short 10 minute ride away. Loading our bags aboard along with tonnes of other island hopping travelers, we arrived at Gili Air and made our way to our new accommodation, a detached bungalow set in a lovely green private garden. We were met by the owner of 'Yoland Guest House' and he showed us to the room. The first thing that hit us was the cool air of the aircon and we knew we'd have a good stay. After dropping off our bags we ... read more
Our beds for the day
Outside our lovely bungalow
Most comfortable bed in 7 months




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