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Gili Trawangan

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  • Day2

    4 Stunden Boot fahren später haben wir endlich unser Ziel erreicht, Gili Trawangan. Trawangan ist die größte der drei Gilis vor Lombock, "Gili" bedeutet auch lediglich "kleine Insel", in 3 Stunden hat man unsere zu Fuß umrundet.
    Auf den Gili Inseln gibt es weder Autos noch Roller, alles von Lebensmitteln und Koffern bis Menschen wird entweder mit der Pferdekutsche oder dem Fahrrad transportiert. Das führt dazu das es, zumindest auf unserer Seite der Insel, sehr ruhig und entspannt ist. Wir haben uns nämlich auf der Sonnenuntergangsseite eingemietet, alle Bars waren auf der anderen Seite.
    An unserem ersten vollen Tag haben wir auf einer Schnorcheltour die örtliche Unterwasserwelt erkundet und dabei jede Menge Fische und Korallen gesehen.
    Der zweite Tag war mit lesen und entspannen am Pool ausgefüllt.
    Der Dritte da wieder mit mehr Action, wir haben uns mal wieder am tauchen versucht. Dabei haben wir riesige Meeresschildkröten gesehen und sogar einen Riffhai, der hat sich aber sehr gut unter einem Felsen verborgen und war schwer zu erkennen.
    Unser letzter Tag auf Gili Trawangan war wieder mit entspannen gefüllt, da es mir nach dem Tauchen nicht so gut ging. Wie immer haben wir abends den Sonnenuntergang genossen und sind anschließend zu einem tollen Restaurant am Strand zum Abendessen.
    Um 12:30 Uhr des nächsten Tages standen wir dann für unsere Überfahrt nach Bali bereit.
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  • Day7

    Der Tag startete bei einen gigantischen Panorama Frühstück am Top des Hotels. Der Fahrer holte uns früh zum Transfer nach Bangsal ab, von dort aus führen wir mit den traditionellen Bootsverkehr nach Gili Trawangan das Ticket kostete gerade einmal 80 Cent jedoch war die Fahrt ziehmlich turbulent. Dort angekommen führen wir mittels Pferdetransport zum Hotel, da es keine motorisierten Fahrzeuge auf der Insel gibt. Das Hotel selbst ist die Wucht, traumhaft schön gelegen an der Sunset Küste ein wahrer Traum beim Sonnenuntergang.
    Hier werden wir uns die nächsten Tage niederlassen.
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  • Day9

    Der Tag startete entspannt am Morgen, nach dem ausgiebigen Frühstück und Lunch verbrachten wir den Nachmittag beim schnorcheln.
    Der Trip war ein voller Erfolg, haben sogar eine begehrten Meeresschildgröten gesehen.
    Das Ganze wurde abgerundet bei unseren ersten Hummer Diner am Strand.

  • Day8

    Heute war ein entspannter Tag, wir haben außer das Wetter genießen und die eine oder andere Abfrischung nichts unternommen. Abend werden wir das Nachtleben der Insel kennenlernen und sind gespannt.

  • Day127

    Gili Trawangen is the largest of the three Gili Islands in the north of Lombok. It is a popular destination for backpackers and divers. The special thing about the island is that on the island no motorized vehicles exist. Therefore the streets are populated by small carriages and countless bicycles. With these one can circumnavigate the island in less than an hour.

    So what can you do on the island? Diving, snorkeling, stand-up paddling, cycling and especially partying. The island is known as the party island of the three Gili Islands (Meno, Air) and for this reason attracts party tourists especially. And after the party you can enjoy the beautiful beaches.

    So what have I done on the island? I was diving, playing Djembe and above all I could dance and party after months of abstinence. What a luck for me that there was a full moon party right at this time.

    There is not much more to blog about this short stop, except that I had a very nice time with great people. And as my flight goes in a few days to Singapore, I would like to let a few pictures speak about my time in Indonesia in full.

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    Gili Trawangen ist die größte der drei Gili Inseln im Norden von Lombok. Sie ist beliebtes Ziel von Rucksacktouristen und Tauchern. Das Besondere an der Insel ist, dass auf ihre keine motorbetriebenen Fahrzeuge existieren. Das heißt die Straßen sind bevölkert von kleinen Kutschen und unzähligen Fahrrädern. Mit diesem lässt sich die Insel in weniger als einer Stunde umrunden.

    Was kann man also auf der Insel machen? Tauchen, Schnorcheln, Stand-Up Paddeln, Fahrrad fahren und vor allem ganz viel feiern. Die Insel gilt als die Party-Insel der drei Gili-Inseln (Meno, Air) und zieht ebenso entsprechende Urlauber an. Und am Tag danach kann man an einem der wunderschönen Strände ausspannen.

    Was habe ich also auf der Insel gemacht? Ich war tauchen, habe Djembe getrommelt und vor allem habe ich nach Monaten endlich mal wieder richtig gefeiert und getanzt. Und passend dazu, gab es auch eine Vollmondparty.

    Viel mehr gibt es aber auch in diesem Blogeintrag nicht zu schreiben, außer dass ich eine sehr schöne Zeit hatte mit tollen Leuten. Und da mein Flug in ein paar Tagen weiter nach Singapur geht, möchte ich hier einfach nur ein paar Bilder sprechen lassen, die aber den gesamten Aufenthalt in wiederspiegeln.
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  • Day6

    Time to leave our room at Sapulidi Resort. It's a nice little spot, and I would come back, although the restaurant is pretty average and the wifi in our room didn't work (had to go out to the pool area which could be worse I suppose). The day before in Ubud we had booked ferry tickets for Gili Trawangan, a small island just off the coast of Lombok (about 50km east of Bali).

    Our shuttle arrived promptly at 11am, we crammed into the back of the van and set off for the port at Padung Bai. The drive was a bit over an hour and was pretty uncomfortable since I couldn't move - jammed between Shandos, the window and the seat in front, but on the plus side if we'd crashed it wouldn't have mattered that I wasn't wearing a seatbelt - I couldn't go anywhere.

    Waited around for about 90 minutes at the port since departure was 1:30, not 12:30 that the salesman had told us, but alas. The boat was away pretty quickly at 1:30 and everyone migrated immediately from the hold to the open top deck where speakers blasted an unusual mix of late 90s Eurodance (Vengaboys, Aqua etc) and classic rock (Beatles, Creedence etc).

    Gili T is pretty well known on the backpacker circuit as a party island, and we both noted that almost everyone else aboard the ferry was under 25. Felt a little conspicuous as they were mostly Europeans as well - again I'm going to mention that I've been surprised how many Euros there are here. Seems like the Australians mainly just stick to Kuta and Denpasar in Bali and don't venture much further.

    After a couple of stops on Lombok and Gili Air we arrived at Gili T around 4pm. This island is absolutely tiny - before commercialism happened there were only about 700 locals and you can walk the entire coastline in about 90 minutes. And as an added bonus, there are no motor vehicles here, just bicycles and horse-drawn carts (!!). Plus a couple of electric scooters, but so far mopeds or cars. We walked the 10 minutes up the coast to our hotel, checked in and took our requisite dip in the pool and a spot of afternoon tea, before freshening up and wandering back down to the main township.

    Lots of bars that were mostly empty when we went past at 7pm - still a bit early for the party set. Had dinner in a large market square where vendors barbecue meats and fish right in front of you, (hopefully) today's catch served with noodles, rice etc. Felt a bit guilty eating since the sun had only just gone down and it was still Ramadan (there's a mosque on the island and the muezzin was still singing out the call to prayer while we were eating), but I think a lot of the workers are probably Hindus from Bali rather than local Muslims.

    Had an amusing time eating at a communal bench - the local feral cat population were very interested in the seafood skewers and kept jumping up on the benches and tables next to us! A few shoves and hisses and they get the message, though it's always funny to see reactions of people from more uptight cultures than Australians.

    Wandered back to the hotel and had a drink along the way, as Shandos wanted to try some Balinese wine (they have a single vineyard and it's rare to find venues selling it by the glass). She had a rose that was unsweetened which I wouldn't drink twice, so I entertained myself with a 500ml Bintang instead. They're becoming a habit!
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  • Day7

    Today we decided to check out the rest of the island, so after a hotel breakfast we loaded up with two rental bikes, fins and snorkels and set off to ride around the perimeter of the island. Although still not very far, it was definitely further than either of us realised!

    First stop was a beach on the northern coast where we had a brief swim (not much happening here and got a few bites from sea lice), then continued on down the western coast and back up to the main town. Decided to just park ourselves on the beach chairs in front of our hotel and do some snorkeling. The water was super clear and with great visibility, lots of marine life though we didn't see any of the turtles which live nearby. Maybe tomorrow!

    Had lunch from the hotel restaurant who were happy to serve us out on the beach, and spent most of the day in and out of the water and watching the world go by. At 4pm Shandos said that she'd like to do the sunset yoga at a place back over on the western coast that we'd seen earlier in the day, so back on our bikes we got and rode back over to the sunset coast. Shandos did her yoga and I spent the hour watching the sun go down and checking that the nearby bar's Bintang supply was up to scratch. Happy to report that all was in order.

    Back to the main town area we rode, dodging pedestrians and horse carts all the while! Settled on a cheap place for dinner that Shandos had seen on one of our trips past - iced tea, beer, beef rendang and a spaghetti dish all for $11! Probably our cheapest meal so far. So we splurged on the way back and bought a freshly-made Nutella crepe from the vendor cart hanging around near the mosque.

    Last step before turning in was purchasing snorkel boat tickets for tomorrow - they do a three island trip as standard for $10/pp which takes most of the day to visit various sites around Gili T, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Looking forward to that!
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Gili Trawangan, Гили Траванган

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