...do nothing on the Gili's.
Trip Start Mar 05, 2012
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What I did
I would like to tell exciting stories of dangerous adventures and incredible sights, but we did the least we have done on our trip so far. The guitar got a good workout though, and we burned through a ton of books. We did do some diving on Trawangan. We headed out to shark point where we saw no sharks. However we did see turtles and a huge school of humphead parrot fish, a rare sighting (the size of the group not the fish themselves). We also saw our first octopus. More importantly we had some great practice with air management and swimming in a very strong current. At times sand would be lifted off the bottom and turned into an underwater sandstorm. Trying to keep up with the dive guide was a challenge. When we surfaced though, we had extended our dive time by about 10mins. A short bike ride around the island also made for some good views, though we had to walk the bikes half the way as some parts of the road were made of sand.
We grabbed the island hopper to Gili Meno. As I said, it was almost deserted. We payed a visit to the bird park which was impressive. Eagles, parrots, cockatoos, peacocks, a komodo dragon, and a crocodile were the highlights. As were the two Macaws attempting to make an escape (their second) by biting through the netting of the enclosure.
It didn't take long to decide we should flee the quiet island of Meno and check out Air.
How to do it on Gili Air:
1. Hunt for a bungalow. Most places include breakfast which justifies spending a little more on a room. With a little haggling you might find a big air con room, steps from the beach, with a hammock and prime view for $18 (make sure the included breakfast is not toast and coffe as this does not offset the increased cost of the room).
2. Remove shirt and shoes. Shove them in your bag or under the bed, you won't be needing them.
3. Accept the fact that you will be doing absolutely nothing of any importance for the next week.
4. Look for some coconuts.
5. Dehusk the coconuts and remove the inner shell.
6. Grab some of Cody's sandpaper that he has had since Borneo.
7. Begin your coconut craft project.
8. Do some snorkeling (it's pretty good on the east side).
9. Lay in the sun and get a sunburn on your eyelids.
10. Watch the sunset over Gili Meno (don't leave your camera on the table when you leave, they disappear quickly).
Once you have developed the reputation as the "no shirts no shoes guys", it's time to go.
If you want a severe shock to your system then you should plan on climbing a 3723 meter active volcano the following day... The relative peace of the island sucked us in and we stayed longer than planned on Trawangan.
*******Photos c/o Cody Rook********