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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Sengigi January 12th 2014

We spent the first two nights in Tugu hotel north of the island. Very nice, antique laden hotel with incredible food. After day two I was a little bored, it's off the beaten track and you don't get a feel of the island staying here. However, the food was to die for - thank you London foodie for the recommendation and thanks Kate for sending on the article. When we left the hotel the staff (who were the nicest people on the planet) saw us off in style. We were given a lovely terracotta ash-tray and when we turned around to wave goodbye from the taxi, we found them standing in the driveway, waving little British flags at us! Suddenly felt like how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge must feel when they campaign around the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 30th 2013

Today we went on a snorkelling trip around the islands. This is about the strenuous thing we've done since being here. We had 3 separate sessions of the boat and saw lots of colourful fish although the reef itself wasn't too colourful. We also some turtles swimming under water which made it quite special. At lunch the girls ordered a potato salad that took the best part of an hour to arrive and when it did finally get to the table it was just a plate of boiled potatoes with some herbs sprinkled on them... Apparently this is an Indonesian version of a potato salad. We were tired after the snorkelling so we went back to the pool for a short rest before going out some drinks. It was an an early night though as the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 29th 2013

Today we spent the afternoon topping up our tans by the pool. It's nice to relax a bit after doing so many activities. In the late afternoon we wen t paddle boarding which is a bit like an enlarged surf board that at first you sit on and then later stand up on and row yourself along with an oar. Louise did well at this and we went alone and also did it together. In the evening we went back to the good market for some authentic food before going and watching a band. At one point they did the limbo song and me and Louise both had a go, although Louise wasn't too successful at it.... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 28th 2013

The days on Gili are following a nice pattern, resting in the day and catching rays followed by an activity in the afternoon. The weather is so hot that it's too much to do anything else. So it was sunbathing poolside again today and then in the late afternoon we hired bikes for about 80p and went on a ride around the island. It's a very pretty landscape surrounded by clear blue waters. We had some lunch partway round and the cycled in to a spot called the Sunset bar. We spent an hour and a half here watching the sky change slowing from blue to orange, to purple and then black and got some fantastic photos during the time. That night Louise and I had a date night where she treated meal. We sat at ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 27th 2013

Today was another day of relaxing and a little exploring although it's nice to know that nothing will be too hectic as the island is so small that it can be walked around within an hour. In the morning we got up late and went out for some breakfast whilst I was in search of a hairdressers as it was time for a chop. I eventually found a sign for a cheap hairs dresser which was novel as it was located in a ladies shop. Just a small seat with a mirror and a broken shaver. But for 30p who's complaining?? In the afternoon we stayed by the pool to sunbathe as the pool area is gorgeous, although a little annoying that we have to go to the shop to get beers as the place we ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 26th 2013

After 2 nights in the Kuta we got a fast boat to the Gili Islands. Gilia Trawangan to be precise. We were told the trip would take 2 hours (1 hour transfer by car and 1 hour on the sea) which it did... They just forgot to mention the 2 hours of waiting around in the harbour. The Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands — Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air — just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia. The islands are a popular destination for tourists looking for a remote island experience. Each island has several small resorts, usually consisting of a collection of huts for tourists, a small pool and restaurant. Automobiles and motorised traffic so the preferred method of transportation is by foot and bicycle or the horse-drawn ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok October 25th 2013

After a few major essays on our blog, we've tried to keep this one as short as possible. This entry is also about our island hopping around Indonesia, so we have to admit that we haven't really been doing much... After all that early-morning volcano climbing in Java, we thought we were due a bit of R&R! We crossed from Java to Bali and did a circular trip to the Gili islands and down to southern Lombok before returning to Bali, ready to fly on to the Philippines. We arrived in Bali by car ferry from Banyuwangi and our bus dropped us outside the capital, Denpasar. From here we taxied our way through the dense traffic to Ubud, known for being the cultural centre of the island. We had booked into a traditional Balinese homestay and ... read more
Ubud Bali - ducks swim with the rice
Ubud Bali - offering at our homestay
Ubud Bali - the most expensive coffee

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Rinjani October 24th 2013

Now, although I had a pretty bad hangover, Anna and I still moved onto Lombok. Two of the Indonesian guys from Gili Air (Harry and Bucek) were from Lombok and they offered to drive us round the island on their scooters. So we took them up on their offer. The journey from the harbour through Lombok was beautiful. Driving past rice fields, countryside, beaches and mountains. The drive took a few hours but was worth it. They pulled up at a guesthouse after making our way up a steep hill. The guesthouse was fantastic, overlooking rice terraces under Mount Rinjani. Wow! I was stunned at this picturesque scene I had just arrived at and felt very lucky. We went to a local place for dinner and this is where we met Gian and Leo. A couple ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 18th 2013

I'm beginning to think Indonesia is my 'chill & travel' destination and if you don't want to read this next one it's ok. I understand. Just for my memory, I spent the next four days in Gili Trawangan (the largest of the Gili Islands). Another four days of relaxing next to clear, turquoise waters on bean bags, swimming, sunsets, walking (a bit), beer, ku ku Beamer shots and vodka at the full moon party (even though we didn't make the party - Shane, Alice, Delphine and I) and some time with locals sat on my porch playing guitar and singing. The evening I spent with Mickey, Joe, Ketut and Exel on my porch was pretty awesome. I also found a local warung which made me happy as the drunken nights had pushed the budget over a ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air September 26th 2013

The fast boat from Padang Bai on the east coast of Bali to the Gili Islands and Lombok takes around 2 hours and return tickets can be negotiated down to about half the first quote if your good at bargaining like us. For the fast boat you will need to pack your sea legs and courage because the ride is extremely hairy with side to side bounce making the windows go under water and noisy nose diving extremely unnerving. Of the 3 Gili islands, Gili Trawangan is the party island, Gili Meno is the 'honeymoon' island (code for expensive) and Gili Air is relaxed, peaceful and the least invaded of the 3 so obviously Air was our chosen stop. Allowing 90% of the boat to get off at Gili T, a few more at Meno then ... read more

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