Gili Islands and Lombok | Indonesia

19 March 2015 – 26 March 2015

Feeling like we’d done our dash in Bali, we took the bus/boat combo to Gili Air. We’d read awful reviews of the ferry ride between Bali and the Gili Islands and they pretty much all came true. Crowded and overbooked were the main issues. I luckily got a seat downstairs while Michael sat on the roof next to the boats eights engines.

But we arrived on Gili Air to this.

Lovely water and awesome curries. No complaints.

We hired bikes to ride around the island, bit of a rookie error considering at least half of the island was super sandy and un-bikable. All good though.

After a few days we decided to move on to Gili Trawangan, the busiest of the three Gili Islands.

And although the photos don’t show it, it was THE busiest day on Gili T all year. We arrived on Nyepi – the Balinese Day of Silence to celebrate the new year. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration where for 24 hours you are required to be silent and self reflect. This means no working, no entertainment, low lighting, no travelling, and for some people, no talking or eating – even the airport is closed. If you are a tourist in Bali, you have to stay in your hotel for the entire day so the spin off is that many non-hindus and tourists leave Bali the day before Nyepi for the surrounding islands – Lombok or Gili! I swear stuff like this always happens to us. We need to do better research. Anyway, the long and the short of it, there is very little accommodation available and the rooms that are, are way more expensive than they should be. We procrastinate and grizzle about it for a few hours, certain we’ll find a better deal, but as more and more boats start to arrive, we quickly find a room and snap it up with no complaints.

On Gili T we do normal beach things. Reading, snoozing, beering, swimming, sunning, shading, snacking.

We watched the weather change.

And the tubby, flubby puss attend to her ummm.

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I spent an afternoon in a silver making course and make a bangle.

image“What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today” squeaked Piglet. “My favourite day” said Pooh.

Then Miles arrived!

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Michael and Miles spent the day chasing internet, in between power outages, trying to stream the ICC Cricket World Cup semi final between NZ & South Africa.

The next morning we all hop on a local boat and jump across to Lombok, we had anticipated to spend more time here and climb the volcano, but the way things panned out we only had one night. We chose to stay at Kuta Beach – Kuta, Lombok – not to be mistaken for Kuta Bali.

And in true island style, we were served up a cracker sunset for our final night in Indonesia.

My favourite part of Gili and Lombok was eating ayam taliwang. I don’t have a photo of it, perhaps because I inhaled it as soon as it was placed on the table. It’s the best meal ever. It’s amazing fried chicken with awesome sauce all over it. Heaven in your mouth. Chicken at its best x 1000. Google image search that shit then fly to Indonesia and get it down ya neck. Stat.

Sounds fancy, was it expenny?

Rate: 1 NZD – 9700 RP | All prices in NZD

  • Bus & boat transfer Ubud – Gili Air: $32.50 each
  • Polorong Guesthouse | Gili Air: $15.46 p/n
  • Boat shuttle Gili Air – Gili Trawangan: $4.15 each
  • Warna Cottages | Gili Trawangan: $25.80 p/n
  • Salsabai Hotel | Gili Trawangan: $20.60 p/n
  • Yin Jewellery Silver Making: $36
  • Boat and bus Gili Trawangan – Kuta, Lombok: $18 each
  • Segare Anak Hotel | Kuta Lombok: $36.10 p/n
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