We originally booked 3 nights on Gili T. After the first night we extended to 5. We then found out that the fast boat back to Bali, the one we had a return ticket for, had been stopped for a few days due to storms at sea causing huge waves. Oh well, paradise isn’t the worst place to get stuck for 10 days.
Just off the northwest coast of Lombok and an hour boat ride from Bali are the Gili Islands. Strikingly beautiful, amazing white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Gili Meno, the couples island, Gili Air, the chilled out island and of course, Gili Trawangan, the party island. Surprisingly my choice of destination. This island is not only beautiful but there is heaps to do.
Partying – Yes this island may be small but the parties definitely are not. Each
night a different bar stays open late. There is Tir Na Nog, an Irish bar, Suma Suma, a Reggae bar and Surf bar, where they hold an amazing full moon party to name just a few. The whole main road is lined with bars. Just ask any of the hostels or guest houses staffs and they will tell you where to party.
Snorkelling – rent a snorkel and just walk into the sea or take a boat trip around the other islands. I saw Nemos, eels, turtles and loads of other fish.
Scuba Diving – I did not dive here but it is pretty cheap. Not as cheap as Koh Tao but still a reasonable price.
Bike riding – I rented a bike for RP30,000 (£1.50) and cycled around the whole island (9KM). We stopped at various laces to eat and snorkel. The views were amazing. Gili T is up there on my top 5 most beautiful beaches.
Horse riding – I didn’t go horse riding as A) I got sick and B) I have two horses at home I can ride whenever I like and find myself wishing it was them and missing them when I ride abroad. I did go to the stables on a few occasions and can vouch that the horses all looked very well cared for and happy. The man running the stables knew what he was doing. I saw him and his assistant, kindly and patiently training a cheeky 10 month old colt. I wish I had taken my camera that day as this was one very naughty baby.
Eating – You name it, you can eat it on Gili T and it is amazing. Local Balinese food (There is also a cooking school here), Pizza from Italian chefs, BBQ of local seafood, home-made ice cream, a night market that sells ‘the greatest chicken satay of my life’ and much, ,much more.
Sadly I didn’t do as much as I would have hoped on Gili T due to picking up an
awful stomach bug. Yes I spent 3 days hugging a toilet seat whenever I ate or drank, and having a fever. We decided to move into a private bungalow for the same price as the hostel so I could access the toilet every 30 minutes throughout the night without waking everyone and having to walk up and down the stairs.
What is travelling without a bit of an upset stomach though? I am all better now and will enjoy catching up on my eating and drinking.
Both places we stayed were fabulous. Gili La Boheme, a French, chilled out hostel. The staff were great and it had everything we needed. WiFi, chill out room and free pancakes all day long. Coral Voice was a set of six private rooms i found one day by chance. It was clean and pretty fancy with Aircon and a private bathroom. I highly recommend both these places.
On arrival I expected Gili T to be like Koh Rong, but it is much more built up and westernised. There was a lot of building work going on while we were there, new guest houses and restaurants. You can tell Gili T is getting a lot more touristy every year, so get there quick people. You need to go now.
I will probably still be ‘stuck’ here!