It’s a happy event to be traveling within Indonesia, after a dry spell in the summer. With Anshu visiting, and interested in diving, I had the opportunity to explore new islands, one that I’ve been wanting to for a long time.
We booked ourselves in Gili Trawangan, one of the three tiny islands off the north-west coast of Lombok. If you’re mighty curious about where that might be, click this map. It’s a 2-hour flight across Java and Bali, then a 3-hour drive through Lombok, and a 15-minute fast boat away. No motorised vehicles on the islands. Just walk or horse-cart.
We dumped our bags at Marta’s, and quickly set out to book some dive trips with Big Bubble. The island life is totally focused around diving, snorkelling and partying. Dive centers in Indonesia spoil you; you don’t have to lug your equipment to the boat and back, you don’t really need to check your gear, but it’s always safer to do so. We finished 4 dives in 2 days before Souvik showed up.
My camera handling skills need much improvement underwater, and our guide helped out a bit. (Images best enjoyed in full screen; just click any image.)
With Souvik around, we spent an entire day in a glass-bottomed boat, and snorkelled around the three islands, stopping at Scallywags on Gili Air for a delicious lunch.
If that wasn’t enough, we had a further visual treat of a full moon rise from the beach.
We then took the boat to Lombok, where Souvik headed back to Jakarta, and Anshu & I spent a couple of happy days shopping and trekking through rice fields to find a secluded waterfall.