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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan April 4th 2014

Finally I am able to share the photos with you guys. Look for more photos of my trip last year. read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 30th 2014

We arrived from Bali on the speed boat safe and sound to the island of Gili Trawangan last Tuesday. The Gilis Islands actually consists of three small islands of which we are on the largest and most developed. Gili Trawangan is a very cool little island. Only a few kilometres long there are no cars or motorbikes. The only modes of transportation are foot, bike and horse & buggy! There is only one rough road that goes around the island with a few narrow lanes branching off. We rented bikes the other day and rode around the island. It was fun except there were a few spots where we had to push the bikes through sand so it was a good workout. When we arrived we hired a horse and buggy to take us to our ... read more
Our Lovely Pool
Horse and Buggy
Entrance to Our Little Courtyard

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gili Air March 26th 2014

25-26 mars "C'était un tout petit bateau Sur l'eau du Pacifique Dans un pays où il fait chaud Sous le ciel des Tropiques" Les Joyeux Naufrages (Gilligan's Island) Entre Lombok et Bali se trouvent trois iles paradisiaques exactement comme on les imagine: sable blanc poudreux, eau turquoise transparente qui s'etire a l'indigo et huttes en paille. C'est le decor parfait pour des vacances ca. Ce sont les trois "Gilis": Gili Trawangan (Gili T), Gili Meno et Gili Air. Bref, ce sont les "Gili, Gili, Gili". Je m'embarque donc ce matin pour le petit paradis flottant qu'est Gili Air. Mon estomac fait encore des siennes a cause de l'oeuf pas frais ingere a Senggigi. Je me refuse de manger quoi que ce soit pour l'instant. Je manque artrocement d'energie donc. Mais ca devrait se tolerer, ecraser sous ... read more
Gili Air 1
Ocean d'or
Gili Air 2

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Sengigi March 25th 2014

22 mars (A Kuta, Bali) Le staff du Prawita m'a reconnu hier soir, et le type de la reception m'a gentiement "upgrade" a une chambre avec l'air climatisee. Je n'ai jamais aussi bien dormir en Indonesie que la nuit derniere dois-je vous avouer. Je profite de ma journee a Kuta, Bali pour me remettre sur pieds de toutes ces longues heures dans les transports. "Eh mate! You lost weight bro!" que me dira Angeli, la massotherapeute que j'avais prit l'habitude d'aller voir sur Legian Road. Normal ca. C'est ce que ca fait donc de manger trop souvent du riz et des nouilles dans cette chaleur tropicale... et pis de transpirer sa vie a chaque respiration aussi. Comme il me reste plus ou moins une semaine en Indonesie, je decide de faire un dernier grand saut et ... read more
Chinoise sur le traversier
Traversier de Bali vers Lombok

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok March 8th 2014

Still barely able to walk post Rinjani it's time to see a bit at sea level. While I was trekking Geoff had gotten in touch with a driver called Agung who had taken him to the Rinjani National Park for the day. They stopped frequently to birdwatch and visited the waterfall. Geoff enjoyed it but didn't see much in the way of birdlife. Agung had asked if we were planning on any trips to the Gili Islands and suggested that we may be interested in some of the smaller islands that were quieter than the popular, well known ones- Trawangan, Air and Meno. We did want to do a day trip but hadn't really thought it through to which ones/what format, etc. This kind of sealed it - we decided that would be a a good ... read more
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En route to Gili Nanggu
En route to Gili Nanggu

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Rinjani March 5th 2014

One thing I really wanted to do on this trip to Lombok was to climb Mt Rinjani. I first saw Mt Rinjani in 2012 from the summit of Mt Agung in Bali, it was peeking out of the clouds and from then on it was on my list. Rinjani is the second highest volcanic peak in Indonesia at 3726m and has a 6 km x 8.5 km caldera. Segara Anak, the crater lake partially fills the caldera with a small volcano (Gunung Barujari) contained inside that again. Other interesting scientific facts can be read on the link below. So....having booked the flights without really doing any homework I found out that the Rinjani National Park is closed in March due to the wet season. Damn.... However, after reading through as many trip reports/reviews that I ... read more
Entrance to Rinjani Park
My trek buddy

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok March 2nd 2014

We took a weeks break in Lombok March 2 - 9. Primary purpose for trip was to relax in a very good hotel. Flights - Perth/Lombok/Perth with Jetstar. Direct flights 3hrs 40 mins Cost - $322 pp Accommodation - Sudamala Sengiggi Sudamala was truly fantastic. We booked all 7 nights here and after day 1 we were wishing it were for longer. Communication- We booked Sudamala directly by email and the communications pre-departure were excellent- clear and timely. We opted for a package- pool villa, breakfasts, 1 dinner, 2 massages and return airport transfers and negotiated a good price (price we got was a lot better than the published offer on their website). We paid 50% deposit via credit card pre departure. Arrival- Our driver, Zul, collected us. He is a great ambassador for th ... read more
Coffee/Tea making

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 2nd 2014

Yesterday was very lazy. We walked towards the northern end of the island (took about 10 minutes) to the beach opposite the Horizontal Hotel, where our hotel said the best snorkelling was to be had. There were some very comfortable-looking sunbeds in front of a beach restaurant called Gili Café (wifi worked fabulously on the beach too) and we could use them for free if we bought drinks, lunch etc. No problem with this plan, except that the reef was quite dead there and so we had to walk a little bit further north, then drift down with the current. They are trying to encourage new coral growth with sunken metal cages through which an electric current is passed, which speeds the process up X4. Hothot day reading and swimming, fantastic views to Gili Meno, and ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan February 28th 2014

ATM info Part 2! If you do as I did and forget to take your card out it will be eaten by the machine, but do not panic! If you are sure this has happened, you can go into the bank (if it is attached to one) and they will open the machine for you and give it back. It won’t be cancelled. Of course, not a good idea if you think someone has taken it, although a UK debit card isn’t really any use to anyone. Sam still can’t remember her number ( and has been giving herself a hard time about it), and as the bank has reset it twice now she is all out of attempts and it is dead! She still knows the numbers, but not the order……. Ditto her credit card. ... read more
Funeral procession
Speedboat to Gilis
Sarong seller and customers

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan January 12th 2014

Tip: Do - go snorkelling Don't - attempt to find a place to swim. A wasted effort as the island is surrounded by coral! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When we got off the speed boat onto Gilli T we thought... yes - no cars or mopeds! The best way to travel is on foot or in our case, we hired bicycles. Again, we booked our accommodation on the last night in Uluwatu using - we spent the first two nights on the party side of the island (east) in a homestay. We scoped the island out and decided to try staying the last two nights on the quiet side (west - aka sunset beach). We went for dinner in Samba on our first evening, they did a lovely Indonesian noodle soup - Sean had chicken satay and nasi ... read more
Food market

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