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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 30th 2009

72 30/03/09 The Gili's small litlle islands that are beautiful!!!! Early rise hangover but have to get to the gili islands. Lady at hostle arranges another bumpy ride for us to catch a boat across. Caz is sick in a bag on the way ...thats how bumpy this ride is. We wait for ages at port to get a full boat which nearly make sme throw up on the way across...we arrive on Gili Trawangan feeling horrific but it's all made better when we gaze across the beach front to the white sand and the clearest water we've seen yet. the sounds of horses clopping down the tracks past the small cafes and beach cars on this island. Thailand was beautiful especially bottle beach but this is another level better...probably one of the best beaches ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 24th 2009

As we write this blog, we are only days away from the end of our tour of SE Asia. We have been traveling for 6 months and a handful of days (about two months more than we originally predicted), but we aren't quite ready to come home yet...though we're getting awfully close (which is both a very scary and very exciting thought). In 48 hours, we leave Indo to fly to Kuala Lampur, from where we'll continue on to London. We're planning on spending 3 days in London with our friend Jamie who we met in Vietnam, then are flying to Spain to spend two weeks with Bristol in Alicante. From there, the plans are still up in the air. We're hoping to do a short mini-tour of Europe (just a few weeks at most) to ... read more
Gili T
Pondok Sederhana
After our snorkel on Gili T

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 16th 2009

Day 256: Thursday 12th March - Unwinding in quiet Senggigi Last night when we arrived a number of us commented how quiet Senggigi was as we walked along the main drag in search of a bed for the night. The arrival of a new day has brought no change on that front, despite a healthy number of restaurants, tourist agencies and hotels, Senggigi is almost devoid of tourists. It must be operating at no more than 10% of capacity which is great. There doesn’t seem to be any more than a dozen tourists and half that number have come from the Komodo trip. I begin the day by inquiring about climbing Lombok’s highest (and Indonesia’s second highest) peak Gunung Rinjiani. I hold out little hope as a number of people have told me over the past ... read more
1. Senggigi Beach, Lombok
3. Senggigi Beach, Lombok
5. The view from under the tree, Senggigi beach, Lombok

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 1st 2009

Hello again since the last blog we are back on the right track and having a great time. We left bali to go to Lombok and Gili Trawangan island. We spent two days on the mainland before going to the islands, Lombok is not as touristy as bali but I feel it will grow as it is an amazing and beautiful place and they have just opened an international airport on the mainland. The two days where spent chilling out and organizing transport to the island. I came across this really good surf spot where I watched the locals surf like it was the easiest thing in the world to do. One kid I got a picture of was about 10 years old and so small but he was out their surfing some massive waves. I ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 1st 2009

Hello there. So since last time I did a blog we spent a few days on Bali, a couple days on Lombok and then almost a week on Gili Trawanagan, which I have decided is my favourite island of all the ones I've been to on this trip. I've done a blog before for Bali so I won't talk to much about it. I had my birthday here which was really good. That day we got our hotel guys to drive us to a pitch to have a kickabout, then got back and had a few beers by the pool of this hotel while watching some basketball on the TV, treated ourselved to some amazing Pizza then went out on a crazy night out...awesome birthday! After a few days in Bali we sorted out our trip ... read more
Having a beer before going out for my birthday in Bali
On the roof of the boat to Lombok

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan February 28th 2009

The morning of February 28th, we headed over on a speed boat to Gili Trawagan. Gili Trawangan is the largest of Lombok's Gili Islands and is the only one to rise significantly above sea level. The ride over was beautiful and took about two hours. There are no motorized vehicles on the island, which was a nice break from Vietnam! The main means of transportation are bicycles and cidomo (a small horse/donkey drawn carriage). When we arrived, we checked into our beach bungalow…quite romantic! ;) ha. It was too cute and the best part was the outdoor bathroom…toilet, shower and sink. We stayed three nights here and had an amazing time. The island is very small, but has lots of character. There are fantastic restraunts (fresh seafood!), bars and even little movie huts on the beach. ... read more
Love shack, baby love shack...
Hookha @ night
Local naked boy, chillin

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

A bit of a stressful beginning to our trip to the Gilli's as having booked our tickets we arrived at the Perama office (I will name and shame!) to be told we couldn't go via the slow ferry we had booked yesterday! Basically we were told that the Perama boat was now fixed and we could go in the afternoon on their boat for an extra 100,000 rupiah each - I explained politely (to start )that we wanted to go the slow (and cheaper way) so they could either take us, give the money back or if they insisted on us using their boat we would go but for no extra charge - after a few phone calls the guy said we could go our way but would we mind staying in Sengiggi for the night ... read more
Diving down

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan January 11th 2009

OK, so we were going to the Gili Islands where there are no cars or motorbikes and it takes an hour to go round the whole place! For those who'd never heard of them: they are three tiny islands just off the coast of Lombok (another island just south of Bali). The three Gilis are: Gili Trawangan, Meno and Air. Trawangan has a reputation of being the party island, which is not quite true. It certainly has a lot of bars and restaurants and decent nightlife but it's nowhere near the banging Kuta that's got a party going on in every other place you walk by. Trawangan it was then. We started asking around for ferries and it turned out there were two options there: one costing RP 150-200,000 and taking 6-12 hrs (depending on who ... read more
Gilis' mode of transport
Gili Trawangan pier
Kite flying

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan January 8th 2009

Hello again to everyone - hope you all having a good start to 2009! So after the busy week in Bali, we have been based on the isalnd of Gili Trawangan; Lombok! & it is exactly what needed & what we been searching for! It could not have come at a better time on the trip! After the busy week in Bali, we now feel extremely well rested after being beach bums for the past week already ;-) Wary of the safety of the ferries in South East Asia, & words from back home still ringing loudly in my ears ("becareful/catious on the ferries on that side") we decided to take the fast boat to Lombok, Gili! For nearly three times the price ($50 vs $18 on public ferry) we felt our lives are worth more ... read more
Local kids @ Lombok
Jay sleeping on beach ;-)
Local woman carrying building rubble

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

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