There are three Gili islands off Lombok in Indonesia. Gili Trawangan is luxurious and elite, Gili Air offers adventure sports and Gili Meno is for ‘ the mature traveler’. That’s the one we went to. Not because we are particularly old and certainly not mature. But because it seemed to promise the best swimming for children.
Getting there was a mixture of fun, games and bad coffee.
We took a two hour car, and a five hour slow ferry, another two hour beamo ( hot, small car ) then we overnighted with a Dutch Homestay owner. We then took another two hour drive which was windy and slow but we called it ‘the scenic route’ as we waved at all the monkeys and tried not to be sick.
By the time the temperature in the back was about 45 degrees, we made it to the boat spot. We had freaked ourselves out by reading Wikipedia about the boat scams, and had been quoted one million rupiah, which was laughable. We ended up riding to Gili Meno for free, and we are still not quite sure how it happened.
I’ve noticed when things go badly I have so much more to write about. But when we have a lovely week, full of friends and food and fun, well, there’s not so much to say. But I feel I could share some lovely photos at least.
Chris scuba dived twice, his new favourite tropical dive site!
We stayed alongside our lovely friends we had met at bottle beach, in Thailand.
We had a little hut with doors and windows that didn’t quite shut, and mozzie nets.
The children played and swam and played and swam.
Our horse mad Meena loved the little ponies that pulled carts around the island, though she felt they were not treated very well, working up a sweat and then being made to stand still.
There was so much sword fighting.
We ate yummy sate and gado gado.
We got salty and sandy and then realized the shower was salt water!
And in reverse order, we got the boat, ferry, car back and arrived in Ubud for the next chapter.
For future reference, would you like us to have more disastrous weeks so the stories are better, or are you happy with beautiful pictures of happy people by the sea?