Lombok (Gili Islands)

Trip Start Sep 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 01, 2009

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Flag of Indonesia  , West Nusa Tenggara,
Friday, October 17, 2008

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Well, I was wondering when this might happen...... I'm not quite sure what day it is anymore?  Everyday feels like the weekend though, so I can't complain.  What I do know is we spent 7 days on Gili Trawangan in Lombok.  What a beautiful spot!  White sand beaches, turquoise waters and amazing coral reefs!  A soon as we got to the island it was like we already fit in.  The locals there are super friendly and there are also a lot of ex-pats working at some of the dive shops there that are willing to lend a helping hand and point you in the right direction.  Our first night we made the mistake of opting for a cheap hotel, which seemed ok when we checked it out at night.  Little did we know that it backed onto a local family that must've had eighteen children and twenty chickens, all roosters.  It was also close to the mosque.  So at around 2am the roosters started.  The back-up singers joined in around 5am playing from the loud speaker at the mosque, which woke the partridge family up for their morning prayers.  Also, our French next door neighbours must have had quite the night out but wanted to be up early because their alarm was set for 7am and played repeatedly until 9am when they finally got up.  Needless to say, I think Erin and I only got about a couple of hours sleep that night.  So the next morning we found a new spot.  The Black Sands Bungalows is where we ended up.  It was a great spot.  It had a TV and DVD player (with a complete DVD collection to choose from), concrete walls from floor to ceiling (essential when surrounded by confused roosters crowing at 2am onward) and a great family running the place.  A much better hotel!  We slept like babies the rest of our stay.  We hung out with the owners' brother a couple of nights.  His name was Jacka and he was into jamming guitar at any time of day.  There was a tonne to do on the island.  We ended up going on a snorkelling trip which went around all three of the Gili islands (Trawangan, Meno and Air).  Each island has its own unique attributes.  Trawangan had a beautiful coral reef.  Bright vibrant coloured coral and tonnes of reef fish.  Gili Meno is where you can see sea turtles.  We actually saw seven!  Gili Air is where you can dive down to see the giant clams.  They were very cool!  They were all different colours and would close shut if you wafted your hand in front of them.  We ate lunch on Gili Air, but didn't actually set foot on Gili Meno, which is the most deserted of the three islands.  Another day we rented bicycles and biked around the entire perimeter of Gili Trawangan (which only took around an hour and a half, but there were some great places to stop and swim along the way).  We basically spent most of time relaxing on the beach and snorkelling in the ocean.  We met a really nice Australian family while on our snorkelling trip that offered to let us stay at their place is Manly Beach (Sydney) when we get to Oz.  We hung out with the son, Zeke, for a few party nights (Wednesday being the best party night on the island? .......... go figure!) and got pretty good pals with him, so we're totally taking them up on their offer.  Unbelievable!   I haven't met too many people so willing to offer to let someone come and stay at their place after only meeting them for one day.  But hey, hopefully we'll learn from their generosity and return the favour ourselves, if the opportunity arises.  After seven days of gluttony, beer drinking and laziness, we decided to head back to Bali (Really we just ran out of money as the only ATM on the island wasn't working.  Probably for the best..... LoL).
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