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 …
... of fun. Later, we went for an elephant tour, it was quite high up and at first I was a little scared as it felt like the chair was really leaning on my side but I soon got use to it. At the same spot, there were some ourangoutang monkeys with who we took some awesome pictures. All in all it was a great day!
The next day we did a "Ubud tour" with Made, our driver for the day. We went to see a primary school upon my request where his son was studying, a pretty ...
... many sporting traditional out rigging, bobbing in the surf, awaiting their turn to take us out to the reefs- 6 hours for $10, snorkel, mask and fins included. One of nicer reefs is right outside our front door, and we spent many hours snorkeling around. It was sad to see the damage caused by dynamite fishing in the past, but fortunately that activity has ceased and the reef is making a slow comeback.
We spent our days sitting on cushions in our little ...
... lived in Karatha and his mum was in prison. I logically then asked if he knew Joe and Kate, 6 degrees of separation and all that. The flight was I uneventful and arrived in Lombok to find the hearsay was correct. It seems that the mass unwashed have not yet discovered Lombok. The negative side of this neither has technology or efficiency. The line for immigration snaked its way back and forth through the airport. Leaving the airport we bought ...
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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.