Finding Gili Meno
Trip Start Oct 27, 2004
35Trip End Aug 17, 2005
We made friends with a Javanese man who was on his way to work on the Lombok power supply, Yubi and his friends were kind enough to drive us to Mattaram (the capital) and arrange us a taxi at a proper price to Sengigi. They even sorted us out with a packet of Nasi Campur (Mixed rice) and Frestea (Iced tea) to see us on our way
After a refreshing night spent on a bed with springs (a real luxury at this point, the norm being foam or shredded coconut husks) we were ready to spend another day being ripped off by bemo drivers. Ripped off we got, nonetheless we arrived in Gili Meno safe and sound, we even managed to get some digs by the sea for less than 2 quid! Saltwater shower and roof full of giant gekos thrown in for free.
A week spent on Gili Meno was a week well spent indeed, coral reefs, turtles, beers, sunsets and smiles! What more can we say? Just look at the pictures.
After this we decided to book ourselves a four-day/four-night "cruise" along the north coast of Sumbawa to the island of Flores. All inclusive price of $15 per person per day seemed like a bargain. What's the worst that could happen? A non stop rollercoaster ride eating nothing but rice and veg on a boat load of non-English speakers? Surely not! Read on...