Departure from tour
Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
19Trip End Aug 20, 2012
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Take a short boat trip back to Lombok (approx 40 mins) and transfer to our guesthouse in Senggigi (approx 1.5 hrs).
Transfer to our guesthouse in Senggigi (approx 1.5 hrs).
This is where we depart from our friends on the Intrepid tour and take the short hop two islands down to the Island of Gili Trawangan.
We felt that another couple of days on the Islands was better than hours transferring back to Lombok island
So we have booked into Tir na Nog hotel and a few more hours on the beach !
Tir Na Nog Hotel
A lie in !!! Wow. And this morning we have free time until our boat departs at 1pm and the group also leaves at 1pm on their last leg back to Lombok we had a lie in, breakfast at 9am and then Chris, Kieran and myself went back to the geocache I found yesterday, and had another lime juice each after Chris signing the log book.
A very leisurely morning finished off with a meal with the Grub family at cafe go go before we said our goodbyes at 1pm as they jumped into their boat back to Lombok and us in ours to our new island Trawangan. (it was a shame leaving everyone the group has been fantastic and a personal thank you to all the grubbs, Nadia, Elle, Sarah, Andrea and Martin and especially to robino for all his hard work these last two weeks)
Then the journey from hell started. We had hired our own private transfer by boat, so we climbed aboard our 30 foot long boat complete with two guides looking very empty when the normal boat had just left and they were squeezing people in like sardines, then as we approached deeper water the larger waves started and with alarmed faces our two guides hurried us and them to the back of the boat where the outboard motor was. Clinging on for life the boat was tossed around like a matchstick whilst the guides struggled with the boat against the huge waves, at one point the boat was at at least 45 degrees and donnas feet sitting at one side of the boat where higher than my head
Finally the relieved travellers arrived on the island glad to be on solid ground, and minutes later we checked into our new hotel.
I hope the rest of the group had a more uneventful crossing as they did not need to go into deep water and only a shorter crossing and with more people and weight it should have been better. No doubt someone will leave a comment later.
Our new hotel is wow, everything we have desired for weeks, huge bed with pillows and scatter cushions, tv, air con and a huge outside bathroom with growing plants. And Yippee a hot power shower...!!!
After a quick shower, swim in the pool, another hot shower and a beer at a table on the sea front I am now totally chilled out.
Time for a wander, a sit on the beach in a cafe, a wander, a sit, an ice cream .... Get the idea !!!
As the sun slowly sets we sit in our bamboo restaurant looking out to sea watching life go by and the glorious red and orange sun setting on the other two Gilli islands
Well the perfect day of relaxation just got better (I think) I have just been pummelled to death in what the locals call a back Massage !!! And I had to pay for that !!! Honestly after it was all over I felt 100 times better, maybe able to last another year without one. Would I have been better having Helens manicure or donnas foot massage ?
An evening meal sitting in the Irish bar at tia na nog hotel on the edge of the sea eating the most fantastic BBQ chicken skewers... There was a choice of 10 flavours, Helen had margarita pizza and Donna shepherds pie !!!!
(just telling our stomachs we are on the way home and no more nasi goreng !!!)