Skip to main content

Gili Islands - Don't judge a book by its cover

Hello, my dear reader! How are you today? Please take your time to read this post.
In the past 3 days we've been in Gili Trawangan, the largest of Gili islands. From Lembongan we took a fast boat which had one stop in Bali. The ticket was 450000 IDR (~28 EUR) and the ride took ~2.5h. It was a smooth journey. We watched movies the entire time.
I have to admit Gili T doesn't look as I pictured. The island was severely affected by the major earthquake from August and it's still recovering. If you put aside this aspect and enjoy the simplicity of this place, you will find your inner peace.
Ruins after the earthquake
Some people left after the earthquake, others stayed to protect their business.
Most streets look like this one. From place to place the street is paved
The cool thing about this island is that there are no motors! The transportation available is by foot, by bike or by horse drawn carriage. We tried the first two options. At the property where we stayed the bikes were included in the bungalow price. And, yes, this time we stayed in a bungalow! The Island Beach bungalow is a stunning place.

We really enjoyed our stay here. Our hosts were very friendly and always happy to help us. Andy, one of our hosts, reminded me about an important lesson: "To earn respect, you must show respect!". Thank you Andy for this! After the checkin we took the bikes and went for an island tour.
From time to time I was stopping to take a photo

Palm tree forest. The property where we stayed was in the middle of it
Horse drawn carriage 
Live music in a reggae bar 
The next morning I went to a yoga class in a tree house studio with sea view.


For the rest of the day I was lazy by the pool!
Iced Lombok coffee! It has a rich aroma. The volcanic soil of Lombok island and the climate proved ideal for growing coffee.

I've been noticing in Indonesia cats are stumpy tailed. Apparently they born like this. At first I suspected the locals are cutting them.

The flower fell from the tree and seamed appropriate to accessorise my hair with it. 
On this side of the island (north) leave mostly locals and is very quiet. More to the south, near the harbour is where the parties start. 
Cozy terrace by seaside  

The island lacks public illumination

In our last day we took a boat ride to Gili Air, one of the other two Gili islands. From Gili T we took the public boat. The ticket was 40000 IDR (~2.5 EUR) one-way and it took around 30 minutes with one stop in Gili Meno (the other Gili island). 
This island looks less developed as Gili T. Most of the streets were like this one

It took us ~1h to walk around the island

Who put the bike in the tree? On this side of the island the sea was at low tide

Little mermaid on the pink beach 

So pink!

The place had an amazing vibe! So chill & zen! I felt so disconnected from the entire world!
We spent the rest of the afternoon by the beach. Near the harbour there is a lovely beach with crystal water. It's the perfect place for snorkeling.

In the horizon, Lombok island
We returned with the same public boat. This time the sea was a little bit agitated and the boat ride was bumpy.
Next stop: Ubud, Bali!
Thank you for following me and I hope you enjoyed!


Popular posts from this blog

Bustling Ho Chi Minh City & tranquil Mekong Delta

  My 3 weeks itinerary through Vietnam ends in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) or Saigon (as the locals know it). I had 2 days and a half to spend here. Here I met again with Leroy, who got to the city one day before me and left one day before I. From Mui Ne I took another bus to reach the big city. As I mentioned before, buses are the most convenient way to travel. If you arrange it through your hotel/hostel the bus will come and pick you up from there. Usually I prefer traveling by train because I can read and stretch my legs whenever I want, but during my stay in Vietnam I got to enjoy the conversations that you can have in the bus. On the bus to HCMC I met a woman who is teaching English to staff of a resort in Mui Ne. She wasn't a teacher but she did this for the past years, traveling around and teaching locals basic English. She was finding these opportunities through , a website who connects travellers who like to travel and do volunteer work in the place

Croatia: Dreamy Northern Dalmatia

We spent the last days of our holiday exploring the classic Dalmatian cocktail of historic towns, jewel-like waters, rugged limestone mountains, gorgeous climate and Mediterranean cuisine of the Northern Dalmatia. Plitvice Lakes In order to have a full day to spend exploring Plitvice Lakes we stayed overnight in the area. It was so quiet and peaceful there! I wish we could have stayed more days to enjoy that serenity state of the place. Being in some way a remote place it wasn't easy to find a restaurant to have dinner, but when we did it was the best. Cevapi, traditional grilled minced meat with ajvar (roasted red peppers sauce) I don't have a sweet tooth but I enjoy trying local deserts. Traditional strudel with cherries - a touch of chocolate makes this simple desert in a delicacy  Morning coffee with a view Love is in the air! From the accommodation we had 15-20 minutes drive to the Entrance 1 of the park. We have researched which trails to take and the best views are start

Stories from Hamburg

Lately I've heard a lot about Hamburg, how awesome it is and I was curious to see it with my own eyes. Being in Berlin these days, was the perfect moment to do it. I bought train tickets and here I am in a train going to Hamburg. With my book, enjoying a 2h train ride  The weather was not favorable to me, but I still have all my fingers. I must say, the rainy day enhanced the colors of this city. I was not kidding about the cold It took me a few time to get used with the temperature, but after that I forgot it was cold. I had set in mind to see the canals. I came here for that. I read some articles about this and I was impressed. It's said that it has more than Venice or Amsterdam. From what I've seen, it looks a lot with both of them, but on a different scale. If in the two cities mentioned the buildings are not so tall, here we find massive constructions. #wanderlust #urbanphotography #enthusiastictraveller A post shared by Madalina G. (@gmadalina92)