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Gili Islands - 17th & 18th of August

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We took the fast boat from Amed to Gilis… this was only 1h and the fastest connection between Bali and Lombok. The ride was bumpy and you need about 400000 rupiahs each to get across.

We stayed in Trawangan as this was where Isabelle and Xavier were staying….

We did a day trip to snorkel in the 3 island and our favourite one was Gili Air as we saw and swam with a great turtle who was really chilled out.

It was a beautiful experience and these animals are so relaxed and gilde so nicely in the sea it is just lovely.

If we were to go back again we would stay in Gili Air for sure ….

Our hotel in Gili Trawangan was very good even though 550000 but all here is more expensive so you will not find too cheap places or if you do they will be at the back, cold showers etc…

The place we stayed in is Gili Smile and the bungalows were these thatched roofed houses very cute with an outside mandi.

The staff was excellent as it was when Hayden had dengue fever and they looked after him whilst we went snorkelling with Teo and even gave the kids a present each when we left .

Very very nice I would highly recommend the place.

Posted by ealonso 19:19 Archived in Indonesia Tagged turtle gilis_islands gili_smile Comments (0)


Homestay with locals and temple ceremony

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We arrived in pemuteran and really there is not much there at first sight apart from a few hotels and a nice beach of white sand.... But then found a turtle hatchery and we looked at all the little turtles ... shame they were not ready to be released as it would have been fun but it was great to see that locals are doing a project tt protect the environment...

We also met Isabelle and Xavier and family as well as their friends so it was nice to see them all and have a chat...

Our first night was in a really nice homestay but quite expensive at 400000 rupiahs so I wanted to change ... I remembered the driver I met back in Munduck who offered a room in his house so I dropped him a text... He came back to me quickly and we went to see his house and decided to stay as he had also 3 kids with whom the kids could play... We got to try lots of local breakfast sweets.. yummy

It was nice to stay there as they were telling us where to go and what to see and told us there was a big temple ceremony at his hotel the following day so we decided to stay 2 nights at his home so we could see the ceremony with them...

Gede was working in a hotel on which beach they are doing another project to preserve coral so he got us into the hotel and we snorkelled there... The project is basically making metallic sculptures at the bottom of the sea and sending very light current on the structures to stimulate coral growth... This was quite amasing .. the sea is crystal clear, the fishes numerous.. it was great to see.

The temple ceremony was fantastic...we went to see the preparations in the morning and got to try all the food they prepared for all the hotel staff and families... it was yummy even though some was far too spicy for us...

Then the ceremony started at 1 when they took their gods next to the sea and did a parade to the sea and then back into the hotel to the temple... It was very colourful and also very peaceful.. We certainly enjoyed some of iot as it lasted between 1 and 7....

Posted by ealonso 23:22 Archived in Indonesia Tagged temples garden ceremony coral turtle hatchery Comments (1)

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