07.07.2012 - 17.07.2012
The flight to Bali was a little delayed but otherwise fine. We arrived in the late afternoon and made a last minuet decision to go to Sanur rather than Ubud. The traffic was a nightmare! We arrived in Sanur, walked to the closest homestay, dumped our bags and got some grub. Our first impressions were that the small town was extremely touristy, there were many Australian families on holiday and very few backpackers. We liked Sanur though, the beach wasn’t very nice but we were in a cool room with a pool outside. There was only one main, and very long street where all the shops and eateries were.
One night we sat in a bar and watched the British F1 and then watched the Wimbledon final – gutted Murray lost! After 3 days in Sanur we decided to make our way over to the Gili Isles in Lombok, we arranged our transport and were off! We have found so far that Indonesia is a nightmare for travelling, the transport is fine but every few hours you stop to either switch bus or wait somewhere for something. Our trip from Sanur to Padangbai, should have taken just over an hour but it took over 3 hours, and most of that we were out of the van waiting for something!
We arrived in the port town of Padangbai in the afternoon, booked our tickets and had a wonder. The place is tiny and the beach is very unimpressive so we were glad we were only staying one night.
The next morning we rose early. Had breakfast and headed to the port to get the slow ferry over to Lombok. We could have opted to get the fast boat directly to Gilli Air but the price was five times as much. This way we had to take a 4 hour ferry to Lombok, then drive in a minivan for 3 hours to take us to the north of Lombok, for us then to take a small boat over to Gili Air.
It was worth the whole day travel! Gili Air is amazing, the Gili Isles are 3 small islands off the north-west of Lombok. We arrived in the late afternoon so found somewhere to stay close to the port, got some lovely food and crashed out.
The next day we walked around the island trying to find a better cheaper place to stay, to walk around the whole island only takes 1 hour but can be quite difficult in parts due to the deep long stretches of sand.
We stayed a whole week in Gili Air, we really needed some relaxing time as travelling all the time and sleeping in different beds every other night can get tiring. There was plenty to do. We snorkelled off the beach, sunbathed, went on a day trip which took us to the other 2 islands where we snorkelled and saw sea turtles and many tropical fish.
The food was also amazing! 3 nights in total we had freshly caught bbq fish with rice and veggies. It was so cheap and delicious.
While we were relaxing we decided to book a trip to climb Lombok’s highest peak, and the second highest volcano in Indonesia called Mount Rinjani, as a bit of a challenge.