To Gili we go!

Trip Start May 22, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Sejuk Cottages

Flag of Indonesia  , Nusa Tenggara Barat,
Saturday, May 29, 2010

This morning we jumped a boat nice and early to Gili Trawangan, which is just off the coast of Lombok. The boat ride was nice and smooth and I spent most of the time on the top deck as it was a little boring sitting inside. The boat dropped us off at Gili Trawangan, with our final destination being Gili air.

The Gili's consist of three islands just off the Indonesian island of Lombok (Trawangan, Air and Meno). There is no motorised transport on these islands (apart from boats) so your options for getting around are by foot, bicycle or horse and cart.

We had just missed the public boat to Gili Air, so chartered a boat instead and were there in about 20 minutes. The place was so quiet compared to Bali and even Gili Trawangan (the most developed of the Gili's) and we decided to walk to our accomodation which took maybe half an hour. The walk was rally nice, and we had to say no to quite a few locals asking us if we wanted accommodation, transport, or Bob Marley Cigars!

We had booked a bungalow at a place called Sejuk Cottages and the place was beautiful. It is set about 200 meters back from the beach and has great staff and accomodation. We dumped our bags off, had a chat with the locals, put an iced coffee in our guts and made our way to Blue Marlin Dive to start our Open Water Dive Course.

Unplanned by us, the dive shop was only a two minute walk from our place which worked out great! We were greeted by Christine, an Irish expat who along with her Indonesian husbane owns the dive shop. The staff at Blue Marlin are extremely professional (5 Star PADI rated), and they have all new, well maintained equipment along with a kitchen and staff that know how to cook an awesome meal! More importantly, they all knew how to have fun as well!

Like the majority or Dive Schools in South East Asia, the instructors are mainly westerners from all over the world. This ensures that the instructor that you have speaks your language to minimise misunderstandings. This can come to be quite important with some of the things that you learn and the impact that doing the wrong things may have on you if you get it wrong! The rest of the staff (such as boat drivers, guides, kitchen staff etc) are all local and the ones at Blue Marlin are great fun loving people

We were introduced to our instructor Lynsay who would be taking us through our Open Water Dive course. Lynsay turned out to be Scottish, so we had a good few chats over the coming days about things to do when we eventually reached Aberdeen in October.

There was no diving for us today, as we had to go back to school and bury our heads in the books to start understanding the theory. Today was the biggest theory stint, with about 170 pages to get through. Call me sick, but I enjoyed it as it got my mind going again (you know me) and the content was something I wanted to learn about!

After a solid afternoon of learning, it was time for a feed. We chose a place about a 15 minute walk from the shop and sat on the beach stuffing our faces full of traditional Indonesian cuisine. From there it was off to bed to get ready for an early start.
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