Trip Start Jan 17, 2010
40Trip End Jul 17, 2010
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We got here via a flight to Kuala Lumpur and a short hop to Bali. From there we caught a speedboat to the Island. All we saw of KL this time round (we're flying back there in a couple of weeks) were the Airport and the hotel. What an airport though! Not ordinarily the kind of thing to get my juices flowing, KL airport is such a modern wonder of both architectural and efficient magnificent that we actually went back there for dinner and an evening stroll rather than eat in our hotel
Anyway, we've rather put that all behind us now having spent the last three days relaxing on the beach, snorkeling, diving (Kanan only), eating and drinking (mainly me - makes up for the cost of diving). It's a stunningly beautiful Island - surrounded by clear blue sea and wonderful diving and snorkeling. Only today I was sulking in the morning when Kanan saw sharks, a number of turtles, eels and cuttle-fish. However in my late afternoon snorkeling from the beach I too swam with four turtles, saw a Moray Eel, and yesterday saw a shark. Remarkably, I've seen more from the beach snorkeling than I have from the boat when I’ve accompanied Kanan on her dives to various sites off shore. Accompanying her has given me a unique insight into the crazy/zany/whacky world of dive-instructors though. As a consequence I think I’ll give the dive boat a miss tomorrow.
On our first night here I experienced my first monsoon, you can see in the pics below that we didn’t quite time our escape from internet café (outside which we waited for about an hour whilst the rain poured) and home (about 200 metres away) very well. In fact it stopped raining just after the pics were taken.
The Island of Gili Trawangan is almost deserted and we’re enjoying a post-India tranquil hiatus, and quite frankly we’re not sure how long we’ll be here for. We haven’t really planned the remainder of our trip at all, expect that we’re flying back to KL in Malaysia in 10 days. Not much other news to report really, just relaxing and errrr, Kanan had bought a new hat….
Love, Kaa and Jo X