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 …
... pools. My guide explained that about 2 hours hike away was a cave in which locals sometimes fight to the death with curved swords for honor in their villages, as the volcano is holy land. After a lunch of mie goreng (fried noodles), an all too common dish along with nasi goreng (fried rice), I hiked back up to camp on the ridge. By this time my legs were numb, but climbing was better than descending as then i was in danger ...
... 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 ...
... and the flat part has been/is being slowly and sustainably turned into a very pretty small-scale resort of about 10 bungalows. The attention to detail is amazing, custom made everything, mostly from locally sourced bamboo. There are hammocks and berugas (every garden should have one) to relax in and a lovely stretch of beach looking out to various small islands. There are games and books galore, snorkelling and diving options and a ...
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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.
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