Gili Trawangan & Gili Air
02.03.2012 - 11.03.2012 27 °C
Gili Trawangan (Gili T)
After a 7 hour minivan/boat journey from Seminyak we jumped off the boat into the sea with all our bags and headed onto the beach. First impressions were great as the island was how we hoped it would look. The sun was shining, with the dirt track that was behind the beach full with horse and cart waiting to offer you a ride to accommodation options. My favourite thing about the Gili islands was that there is no motorised transport allowed and the power on the islands are off generators meaning no power when a storm starts (which we later found out). The island itself is stunning and even though Gili T is the biggest of the three islands it was still pretty small ( we hired a push bike and took an easy ride around the whole island (taking less than one and half hours with the amazing sea always in view). We didn't really do a lot other than wake up, eat breakfast, chill out with a few drinks, watch a movie, eat at the beachfront BBQ restaurant followed by a few more drinks listening to some live music.
After 4 days on Gili T we decided to jump on the morning island hopper boat and check out Gili Air. Through out the whole trip I thought about trying scuba diving and facing the pier was 'Ocean 5' dive school. When we arrived the staff were friendly and really helpful so I checked out the cost and booked the Padi open water course. We also booked into the cool bungalow accommodation which faced the dive pool as it made it easy for Gem to meet for dinner and she could also watch us in practice. The first day in the pool with all the scuba gear was very strange and swiming under water for the first time was also very weird especially if you are breathing like a madman. Phil (diving instructer) also had to teach us serveral skills in the pool which at first I really struggled with. We spent all morning in the pool and then Phil said the boat leaves at 2pm for the afternoon sea dive. I felt a little freaked out as I still didn't understand how to use the equipment in a swimming pool at 3m depth never mind being let loose in the sea at 13m. The good news was I survived the dive and really enjoyed it and couldn't wait for the next day to do it again. Over the next 3 days I did a total of 4 open water sea dives and 5 swimming pool sessions and had a wicked time. Diving in the ocean was amazing and we were lucky enough to see turtles, sea snakes, glass fish, surgeon fish, cavesweepers, angel fish and blue spotted rays. I did feel bad for Gem over the 4 days as I spent pretty much 8 hours a day diving and then a couple of hours reading books and watching video's. The weather was not the best during our stay (lots of rain) which didn't really matter too much to me as I spent most of the time below the water, but I think Gem enjoyed some time alone...painting her nails etc!
If we could sum up our visit to Gili Islands in 5 or so words/statements.
1) Completing my open water!
2) Love islands with no cars or bikes
3) Really friendly people
4) Very Very Chilled out
5) Would love to go back
Random sights/things in Gili Air.
1) My face when I nearly pooed my pants seeing the sea snake