First we’ve started with Gili Meno, which is located in the middle of the other two. It’s also the smallest one ann you can really walk around the entire island in a couple of hours! There are only around 500 habitants in this islands, that live from tourism, fishing and coconut plantation.
This is the best place to be if you want to take a break from civilization and noise from cities, considering that there are no cars and motorcycles, it’s perfect to ride a bicycle, a horse, simply walk or just relax in your beach front bungalow. It’s so perfect! The water is perfect crystal clear and the people are very nice!
After 3 days relaxing in Meno, we decided to take a boat to Gili Trawangan, which is the largest of the three and has around 1,500 habitants. So you can expect a bit more of development… there are nice resorts but also cheap bungalow options, the restaurants, bars and dive schools are all concentrated on the east side of the island… where you can enjoy your lunch with the view of Gili Meno.
Before we decided to spend new years in the Gilis, we read som much about all the rains in this period… but decided to that the risk. Yes…. it was raining everyday… but luckily not all day, just a few showers! But the rain didn’t stops us from all the fun… we hang out with an irish couple most of the nights and during the days we walked around, sat on the beach and went on a snorkeling tour! Oh my god, it was the best snorkeling ever! So much colorful corals, different fishes, and I even saw 3 huge turtles swimming very close to me! I really didn’t expect to see so much!
On new years eve we joined some other fellows and went partying in a couple of bars/ discos! I guess we’re so lucky that it didn’t rain at all that night… The main street was crowded of western tourists and local tourists! Many Indonesian people come from Lombok to spend holidays in Gili! I though that was very interesting since we haven’t seen local tourists around the other countries in southeast asia.
Since the 80’s, Gili Trawangan has a reputation of where some drugs are freely available. Psilocybin Mushrooms are advertised on the island… and is commom to see some crazy, stoned tourists wandering around. It’s important to remind that possessing and usage of drugs in Indonesia carries a high risk, including death penalty!
Well, back to the amazing beaches… we only went to Gili Air to have a lunch… it was raining so much the other days that we never took the chance to spend more time there.
From the Gilis we took a ferry to Noosa Lembongan, which is part of Bali province and is a quiet island. We didn’t find anything very special there besides the seaweed farming micro-industry. The smell of seaweed is everywhere and we drove a motorcycle around the village to see more of this industry and also the beaches around and finished our days there with a nice lunch in a fisher village!
Back to Bali now… and then we’re flying to Malaysia!!!