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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 12th 2008

I woke up with a jolt the following morning due to not only having a hangover from the night before but mainly due to a memory of a conversation about a boat. The lasting image in my mind from last night was of Yaari behind me on the dancefloor while the Indo boy, who was otherwise my landlord at the time was coming toward me - each wanting a piece of me. Now to the matter of the boat. I was assured that the offer was genuine and in that vein I got my things together with the faith that there would be somebody to meet me at Horizon bar as planned. And, hell if nobody was there the worst that could happen would be my spending stupid money on a delicious breakfast. Lo and behold ... read more
the boat
Yaari and David
the goofy smile says it all

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 4th 2008

Dear all, Hard to believe that I have been on this beautiful island for nearly a month! I havent seen a car or a moped in a month...which is a good thing. However small islands do come with their own frustrations...but nothing too bad. I have now finished diving and am drying my kit ready for packing. We are taking the boat back to Bali on Saturday and will fly out of Bali on Sunday. First we fly back to Singapore and then on to Manilla in the Philippines. I am looking forward to seeing the Philippines again..and getting in the water again. I have been out of the water for the last few days as I have had a nasty stomach upset. I went to see the "doctor" tonight. I told him what was wrong ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan November 24th 2008

This has to be one of the best destinations in Indonesia. Gili T as it is otherwise known is fondly referred to as the party island. But unlike Kuta, which can be ad nauseum, Gili T is a beatifully reflective place. It is one of three islands off the island of Lombok, the other two are Gili Air and Gili Memo which in comparison are not as developed in respect of tourism. And while that word is likely to elicit groans and moans it shouldn't in this case prevent you from visiting. The island has to be seen to be believed. There is nothing particularly overwhelming here in respect of infrastructure and crowds. Instead, it successfully provides its own blend of hedonism in the same square mile as you'll find refined restaurants and quiet beaches. To ... read more
the ferry to Lombok
on the ferry
Danny and Jack

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan November 20th 2008

Dear all, After spending four days in Bali I set off on what should have been a simple journey to Gili Trawengan near Lombok. The night before I set off I booked my boat ticket. The next morning I woke up really early to pack my gear and get to the harbour. Just as I was packing I got a call from the ferry company to say that the boat was broken and couldnt go! It seems the boat is often broken and what it really means is that no one else is going so they are cancelling the boat!! Anyway I booked with a different boat...what a mistake! It all started well, got picked up by a bus which took me to the port in Bali. It was a long two hour journey with no ... read more
Me!
Pygmy seahorse
Turtle

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan November 13th 2008

It has been brought to my attention that I didn't add the photo of the hunky diving instructors. I apologise profusely! Here you go....!!!!... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan November 11th 2008

We arrive at the airport, or at least we think we do… we got the airport train from the centre of KL and headed straight for the departure terminal, little did we know we were flying from a completely different airport?! So off we go to get a bus link to the other airport, on approaching the airport we are a little sad as it’s tiny in comparison to the one we just came from, meaning the departure lounge will be tiny too, so no cinema or bars for us!? On getting to the mini airport that is just for Air Asia we find Clare in McDonald’s, pretty much all westerners were congregated here! A few hours in the airport and off to Bali for diving, tanning and lazy beach days, yippee!! The first thing we ... read more
Sundown on gili
Resturant on the water
Indonisian forest

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 22nd 2008

My glands are still up so no diving this morning. Grrrr. Alex is also suffering from an ear infection that will stop him diving for 2 weeks. He and Kasper have decided to leave tomorrow on the boat trip to Flores and Komodo to hunt dragons (by camera of course). The trip is 4 days there on a boat which does not sound ideal to me even if Flores and Komodo do sound amazing. Regardless, I am constricted by time and would not be able to go anyway. A day spend hanging around in the pool and on the beach again. Not what I wanted to do, but fun in its own way. By late afternoon, I had decided to give diving a try. If it hurt too much, I'd just get back on the boat. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 22nd 2008

Kate had a new group in today so we had to do our dive at 9am. Good job I didn't go to the party after all! We headed out to Shark Point to do the Underwater Naturalist course which is basically a treasure hunt of fish and coral. I had a slate with loads of fish and coral on and had to point out the things around us and identify them. The current was so strong down at 22m that at one point Kate and I had to hold on to the coral to stop ourselves being dragged away and over the edge of the nearby basin. It was a really tough swim to get higher up the coral and above the current. We were knackered but exhilarated! We stayed down for about 45 mins but ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 21st 2008

Greetings to all! We left Bali early Thursday morning and headed east by boat to the Gili islands, located just off the coast of neighboring Lombok. In doing so we faced a Locksian dilemma (Goldie, not John), requiring us to choose one of three distinct islands: the uber-mellow Gili Air, the somewhat livelier Gili Meno, or the more freewheeling atmosphere of Gili Trawangan (known as Gili T). Reports of great diving, cheap food and drink, and more reliable electricity eventually swayed us towards Gili T. We decided to travel via the fast boat, which advertised a two-hour crossing powered by its "900 Horsepower!!!" engines, rather than the slow (read: lame) boat, which takes six hours. Despite our high expectations, our boat did not resemble the one from the opening credits of Miami Vice, nor did we ... read more
Jub Afloat
One of many island bikes
On the way into the harbor

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 20th 2008

After reading my title to this blog your probably asking yourself "Stephanie went fishing!?" and yes folks I did indeed =) Katy and I met these three guys from England and asked us if we wanted to go fishing with them and some guides the following day, we said sure why not...our parents will not believe this for a second haha. I also thought that my dad would be really proud of me =) So we got up the following morning, had breakfast and Katy decided not to go fishing cause she wasn't feeling too hot but I decided to go anyway cause when do you get the chance to fish in the tropics!? We had the fishing boat from 8:30am to 11:30am and guess what...I caught 2 fish!!! The other guys that I went with ... read more
My first fish (again)
My second fish of the day
Getting ready to test the water




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