Traveling to the Gilis

Trip Start Apr 12, 2010
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Trip End Jul 16, 2010


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Quiet Water Inn

Flag of Indonesia  , West Nusa Tenggara,
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Today we set off early with Travis local friend Anjung to Bangsal the port to the Gilis. If you are a young tourist from Australia/Europe most likely you would spend most of your time on Kuta beach in Bali and the Gilis, which are 3 small islands off of Lombok. They are literally tourist islands that were sparsely inhabited by locals until tourists arrived in the 90s. We have heard that during the high season (US summer time) there is a non-stop party on the man island Gili Trawangan. So we were not expecting to like Gili T and move on to the quieter islands Meno and Air.

The drive to Bangsol was so beautiful…we went through rice paddies, the capital Mataram, and even some rolling hills with monkeys on the side of the road. Travis' friend Anjung was so nice and the ride was pretty fast (about 2 hours from the very south tip to the north coast). We then got dropped off at Anjung’s friends business where they had our ticket to Gili Trawangan. After having them talk to us for about 15 minutes trying to convince us to buy a ticket back with them (we said no cause its sketch sometimes), we were told that they did not have transport to the harbor so we had to pay extra for a horse carriage to take us (this is so Indonesia, there is always a catch to everything). Finally, we got on the boat and made the 45 minute journey to Gili Trawangan where the common scene of hawkers trying to carry your bags for money, people trying to take you to their home stay, and people trying to make money off of you in any other wildly imaginable way happened all over again (don’t worry it sounds bad but you get used to it very fast).

We ended up going to a place that has cheap air-con rooms but with our luck, they were all taken. So we were offered a fan room for one night and then air-con for 3 nights. So we decided to deal with it for one night.

Then we seized the day and went swimming in the beautiful, dreamy, and clean beach of Gili T. We did a bit of snorkeling and playing with the Frisbee. There were a good amount of tourists on the beach but it was nice because all the hawkers had many people to go to.

We had dinner at this warung called Kiki Novi, which had the cheapest food yet (this is weird too because it’s a small island). Then we went into our sauna room (very hot room with a small fan) to try and get some sleep!
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