After an amazing first few days in Ubud we were sad to say goodbye. However the next stop of our trip did not disappoint. We jumped on a ferry and landed in paradise- Gili Trawangan.
The Gilis are three small islands off the coast of Lombok about 2½ hours by boat from Bali. Gili T is the biggest and is only 3km by 2km, small enough to walk around in just a few hours and has a population of just 800 (before the tourists descend!). Gili Meno and Gili Air are easy to get to on a short boat ride and are much smaller and considerably more chilled out although despite Gili T having a party reputation, we found it to be very relaxed. The islands have no cars or mopeds, instead horse and carts (cidomo) or bicycles are your only method of transport. This place was the polar opposite to Ubud, with jungle replaced by white sandy beaches and crystal blue water.
We dumped our stuff at our hotel (Tir Na Nog – which was fine but nothing special, especially after the comforts of Ketut’s Place) and headed for a walk along the beach in the later afternoon sunshine. We watched the fishermen take their boats out and sat on an almost empty beach and soaked it all in.
Getting very thirsty and we stumbled along the perfect place to watch sunset, Paradise Sunset Bar. The built up side of the island faces East so doesn’t have a view at sunset so come 5pm you have to head West! We ordered drinks – wine for me (the first place I had found cheap wine so far) and a Singapore Sling for Euan. We sat until the sun disappeared below the horizon.
Gili T – thank you for a magical first day!