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... the day, if you knew where to go, you can find quiet snorkelling spots teeming with tropical fish but all in all staying on Gili Air would have been preferable.
No one said travelling was easy. The seas in the Lombok Strait had become choppy and the harbour in Bali had prevented any of the fast boats crossing. We had to get back to Bali for our connecting flight so, despite it being Jodie's birthday, we began a day of travel. The small ferries to Lombok were still ...
... sat and waited for our transfer, Nat played games with their youngest son, who must have been about 2 or 3. She showed him her camera and he ran around with her taking photos of his dad, Nat and the floor. We think the Lonely Planet guide had it spot on, Nusa Lembongan is the place that many travel Bali to find but never discover! An absolute gem.
Another very rough crossing, where sick bags were handed out on embarking. Arrived at Gili Trawangan ...
... for dinner.
That day turned out to be our only day outside Kuta (later IŽll explain why) so I tried to put down some general observations I had made on Bali.
- Bali has a great infrastructure which may sound surprising. All the main roads look like new, their surface is well marked and there are no potholes.
- There is a lot of verdure on the island so we sometimes felt like driving through the jungle. Most villages werenŽt completely ...
... this terrain. Therefore, this results in some chaotic and densely populated areas, chiefly Denpasar and Sanur. Being only 8 degrees south of the equator, sunrise and sunset time remain pretty constant throughout the year, at around 6.30am and 6.30pm, and when the sun goes down, it goes down quickly!! The average temperature also remains pretty constant throughout the year around 28-30 degrees (although there are obviously some sizeable peaks and troughs, but on average is constant ...
... of water landing on the tarmac. The airlines provided an enclosed walkway down the ramp and busses met us for a short ride to the terminal.
Once inside, I quickly found an ATM machine and we had local currency to pay the cab driver.
We found a cabbie and he called Rachel for directions to her house. When we arrived, her husband Roger from Switzerland met us and showed us to our room. Friendly and out-going, he ...