Bali is not only about temples, like my previous blog posts make it look like! Not being a water person, I didn’t have Nusa Dua (water sports paradise of Bali) on my itinerary! But we sneaked out to Gili Islands and it was a good day trip.
The Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands — Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air — just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia. We booked this trip while we were staying in Seminyak.
They pick you up from hotel, drive you to a coastal village called Padang Bai on Bali’s East Coast. A fast boat (as they call it!) departs daily from here at 9:00 A.M. to Trawangan.
Beware of the boat ride, it shakes so much specially if it gets windy that it made people dizzy and throw up. You can choose to stay there overnight or come back the same day via the return ferry at 3:30 PM.
Each of the three Gili Islands have different things to offer the tourists! Gili Trawangan is the largest and most visited, often referred to as the Party island!
It’s just 3 km long and 2 km wide, so you can imagine how small the smaller ones are!
The only way to commute the island is on foot, bicycle or horse carts. Cart takes about one hour for the full island tour!
Resorts are located in center of the island and you can go around the island walking past numerous shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. Trawangan boasts of offering lot of activities to all tourists like snorkelling, scuba diving, glass bottom boats to see the corals. You can even buy books from a book store and spend your day reading on the beach soaking in the nature’s beauty all around!
The resorts and hotels were surprisingly good for such a small place. Very well developed for tourist stay, still keeping the island feel everywhere!
The food is amazing! From Tapas to Sushi, you get everything you want to eat! Be it drinks or international desserts, it’s all so good!
I was hooked to these cute umbrellas on the street!
It’s a small place with friendly people. Young shopkeepers were singing bollywood songs when they saw us!
The weather was so so humid! Well, it was an island! It’s an experience one of it’s kind, so try to make it to one of the Gili Islands if you can spare a day or two!