INDONESIA PT. 2: The Gilis
the Gilis are three miniature islands, located a short boat ride away from Lombok. they are so tiny, you could easily walk around the island in an hour or two.
our adventure first took us to Gili Air, said to be the most quiet and romantic of the three. oooh, and it was. as with the rest of the Gilis, there are no cars or scooters allowed. only bikes and horse carriages (they call these cidomos, I would call them horse torture vehicles. the only thing I disliked on these otherwise perfect islands). nevertheless, the island was quiet and beautiful.
after almost a week in Lombok we were looking forward to a beach getaway. and Gili Air was exactly this – our days went by eating fruit like there was no tomorrow, drinking coconut juice (& every other kind of fresh juice) and going snorkelling, finding the island’s hidden warungs and just doing nothing.
the island (& the other Gilis) are surrounded by the most amazing turquoise blue sea and pale white sands. there is this unimaginable tranquility that comes with this, especially when you get to wake up to this view & to fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean. every night the sunset paints the sky pink and red, while the sun sets over Mt. Rinjani. and after that you can watch falling stars. on the beach. as if life could get any more perfect.
and no matter where you set your foot (or face inside a snorkelling mask) into the ocean, there are always colourful coral reefs hiding all kinds of fish and other sea animals.
next up was Gili Trawangan, ”the party Gili”. (not that it mattered for us). the islands were otherwise very alike, except that this one had a lot more people, and a lot more to do. and at the same time it is still so possible to just lounge and do nothing, which is what we did for a couple of days. but:
* on my birthday we went scuba diving. with sea turtles (& stingrays & millions of fish). it was absolutely unbelievable.
* we went to the nigh tmarket (every night). I love Indonesian night markets it’s foodie heaven, there’s just too much good stuff to try. the people that are selling the food have been cooking the entire day, so they have this huge spread of everything you could wish for. not to mention very many different kinds of desserts, all vegan. we ate our bellies SO full every night, that the 1,5 km walk back to our resort was very necessary.
only later, at the end of our trip, we wished that we had spent more time on the Gilis. they where definitely one of the highlights, with blue seas like nowhere else. and writing this down in this rainy Estonian weather makes me want to sob a bit. but the Gilis aren’t going anywhere, and we are definitely going back there.
next up – BALI.