Blogs from Gilli Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia, Asia - page 19


Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 1st 2007

Hey there earthlings, hope you're all well? I left you in Bali after the birthday party, from where we embarked upon a little voyage via coach, bemo and boat. It was a little tricky as we had to get into a little boat to get to a bigger one, when weighted with a 20kg backpack on is a challenge I'd rather not face again. Still, we made it onto what I call a mini sailing ship, enough for 12 people plus a very friendly crew. There was a lunch already waiting for us and the top deck was a mock beach, so you could lie out and listen to the relaxing. The only bizarre scenario amid this tranquility was when a video of 80s karaoke songs was put on for about half an hour, with ... read more
Sunset View
 Sunset over Lombok

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan January 26th 2007

One hell of a ride. I don't know how I will top this last adventure. I am now bouncing around the Gilli Islands, which are unreal. Yesterday morning we did a morning dive at Sunset point and saw a 2 meter white tip reef shark just chilling at his reef. We watched as this amazing creature in his element glided through the ocean and circled his reef from about 10 feet away. The shark was curious and came by for a close look at us and then had what seemed like a nap on the ocean floor. We also saw some sea turtles down there. Then That same evening we dropped in for our first night dive, It was a full moon and the visibility down there was awsome. We saw sea snakes, Lionfish, Scorpionfish, ... read more
Angel fish
before Night dive
Clown fish

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan January 12th 2007

With a big delay, the bus to denpasar arrived at 22:00. Immidiately got asked ridiculous prices by bemo and taxi drivers. Decided there and then i did not like bali. With the knowledge of having to go home early, due to financial reasons, i choose to head for lombok the next morning, just to get away from it all if you know what i mean. Afetr a very long ferry ride, and 1 hour on the back of a scooter, i spend the night in senggigi, sonya's place. Then went over to gili trawangan (island) for new years. Didn't have a blast, but wasn't really looking for it either. Just had some quiet beers on the beach with a german couple. On the first of january i went back to sonya's place in senggigi, wher i ... read more
nice...!!   gili trawangan
flag and bali's gunung agung

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 25th 2006

It's my last day in Gili Trawangan. My last day in Paradise, Christmas Day. I leave this island for down under in a short time and can't remember the last time i was this passionate about a place. This island. These people. The wonderful relationships i have made in this short time that i have been traveling. It is the most freeing experience i have ever had in the whole of my life. I feel as if i could just float away and disappear on an island in the sea and stay forever. I feel much sorrow having to leave such a beautiful place and beautiful people. People that are full of life and love. That will make you feel at home in their home and in their hearts. They don't have much and they don't ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 19th 2006

After Sumatra (I've added photos to my previous entry) we flew to Bali which is another of the Indonesian islands. It was amazing how different this place was compared to Sumatra - loads of tourists and every local you meet tries to sell you something - transport, t-shirts, bracelets, hats, fruit, drinks, mats to lie on the beach, blow-pipes, bow and arrows etc etc. So, as you walk along in Kuta you get shouted at from everyone you meet to buy something. Also, the prices for everything was much higher here than in Sumatra (don't get me wrong its still dirt cheap) but the standard of living seems a bit higher as well which is cool. Anyway, we stayed in Kuta for a couple of days which although it has nice beaches and really good surfing ... read more
Busy Beach

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 17th 2006

Do read yourself a bedtime story, tuck yourself in and doze off to sleep. Do not wake up when a hairy monster touches you in the night because it will surely give you a nasty fright. Do however turn on your trusty head torch, which you hold in your hand, and startled the little fella in the face. Make light of the situation when you realise it is a nice looking incredibly scared baby rat. It will make you feel a lot better. Do not however say hello to it, fall out of your bed get entangled within your mosquito net with the baby rat as you will inevitable meet his bigger brother and wake your neighbours up. An excerpt from the December issue of "How not to Travel" by Philip Panchenko in shops soon. Previous ... read more
Me, my shades and my dribble balcony
My bamboo platform in the jungle at Tao Kombo
My shower

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 1st 2006

I almost didn't want to post this blog. I rather selfishly wanted to hide and to protect Gilli Trawangan's beauty - to save it for a time when I'll be back there again. But unfortunately the secret is already out. Somehow along this well worn tourist trail, all roads lead to Trawangan. The first person we recognized was the guy from the bus to Lovina. Then the Irish girl from Senggigi. After that I ran in to Andrea and Astrid, the German girls I'd met several weeks prior in Malaysia. Even Marcus was there. Weeks ago I dedicated an entire blog to our interaction in Malaysia. But the strangest of all was Ben. We first met in Cambodia 2 years ago! I saw him walk past and knew that I knew him from somewhere. He did ... read more
B&W Beach
Clear Blue Sea

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan November 27th 2006

“With its white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters the Gili islands are a favorite destination for the long-term traveler, but a planned few days can easily turn into a few weeks!!!” Lonely Planet 2004…. Never a truer word written!!!!! My scheduled 4 day break ended up 14 lovely days on the 3 Islands… The Gili’s are made up of 3 small islands Trawangan, Meno and Air, with Gilli T being the busier, Meno stunning and quiet and Air bigger but equally quiet... With Hindu ceremonies in Ubud every thing was closed for 5 days (including local shuttle buses) so i had to fork out for a Perama busboat (very touristy, 220,000rp) which is a little more expensive but a lot less hassle and pretty much direct, plus it had 8 staff for the two of us!!! ... read more
Gili Meno Beach...
Tony, Adel, Me, Cathy & Lex...
Wow!!! Just As It Looks...

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan September 24th 2006

Yep we made it out hear and it is worth every hour that we had to endure on the boat over. We left Kuta at 09:00am and didn't reach Gilli Trawangan unill 7 pm. The Gilli's are nothing like Kuta and better in many ways. Its a tropical island with golden beaches and clear blue sea and is much more chilled out that on Bali. Its got a couple of good bars (including an Irish bar- Lots of Guiness!)and a few restaurants dotted about. Ryan didn't go because hes still got a cold which was annoying bcause he missed a good dive where we saw some sharks and a turtle. We were only on the Gilli's for 2 days which isn't enough time to have a good explore of the island and I would definately want ... read more
Tropical paradise
coral reef
What u lookin at?

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan September 20th 2006

Gili Trawangan (Gili Islands) Sunday (Sept 10) I headed over to the Northwest coast of the island of Lombok to the Gili Islands. I started at 6am, and I arrived in the Gilis approximately 13 hours later! But compared to the roads and the conditions in Flores, this was easy traveling! My travels included a 2 hour bus to Padang Bai (Port on east coast of Bali), then a 4 to 5 hour public ferry across to Lembar on Lombok, then another bus trip north through Mataram, and to the port of Bengsal. From Bengsal it takes about another 30 minutes on a small boat to Gili Trewagan. And I can't tell you how excited I got to be on that little boat with a beautiful view and only 30 minutes left to go.... The Gili ... read more
The Gilis
Barong and Kris Dance
Goa Gajah

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