Manta Dive Gili Air Resort
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After the luxury of Bali! we moved to the relative squalour of Gili Air. The journey to which we made via it's older, noisier and more hedonistic brother, Gili Trawangan. The boat trip to Gili T from "mainland" Bali was on a fast boat, and it seemed that it was built for speed rather than comfort. The silver lining of the relentlessly juddering …
The Gili islands are an other worldly place. The coraly pristine beaches, shady tree covered shoreline and fantastic laid back feel, gives to a relaxed take on time and activities. With us both recovering for the beast that is Rinjani, we are thankful for the beautiful Waterfront resort, part of the manta dive resort complex. With the exterior …
From Kuta Lombok, we hopped on a small ferry over to Gili Air. It was a quick 20 minute ride. The islands are so chill and slow paced. There are no cars or scooters, just bicycles and horse carriages and it only takes about an hour to walk around the islands. We didn't have a place to stay and after getting off the Ferry some guys from a dive shop …
Coral View was quiet and relaxed. The owner's son Li Am, who runs the kitchen, paid us a personal visit to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. He went to International schools and spent a good deal of time in Australia and now he's back to help run the hotel. Friendly guy. Li Am was working on a lemon sorbet recipe and gave us a sample, thank god …
... saw some math classes amongst others. The children were cheeky and smiling. Then our journey continued and took to us to an organic farm which was interesting because unlike farms back home where you find chicken, cows, sheep, here you find yourself immersed in a jungle of different plants, each serving a purpose (pineapple, banana, papaya, guava, ginger, mint, etc). His niece was working there, very sweet and we had a tasting of teas and coffee. For the first time, I ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsManta Dive Gili Air Resort
Great stay, great staff, lovely island.
We went there for 3 days of diving and 5 nights of sleeping. All of them were great. The staff were super-friendly and helpful, too. You always felt that they paid enough respect to the safety side of every dive, whilst keeping it light and easygoing.
The accommodation is clean, reasonably priced and well located (so is everything on the island)
The food at the cafe/restaurant is surprisingly good, and you get a 10% discount being a guest.
Make the most of the happy hour, too.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.