Best Little Island
07.05.2019 - 11.05.2019 30 °C
This morning I got picked up at 7am from the hostel to embark on a chaotic 1 1/2 hour drive to the port to catch a 2 hour ride in a fast boat to Gili Air (one of the 3 Gili Islands off Lombok). Hate to think how long the slow boat would have taken, hahaha.
On arrival you need to get a taxi to the accommodation however not the traditional motorised taxi, it is a horse and cart as they have no cars on the island, which makes the island extremely tranquil.
The accommodation is either single or double bamboo huts...literally but they have thought of everything so they have fans and mosquito nets. Not sure how we keep the snakes and spiders out though... Oh and there are about 200 cats, not sure if anyone owns them but they are everywhere.
Went down to the beach about 6pm and got an amazing picture of the sunset. The beach is only a 2 minute walk from the accommodation so that`s pretty nice. Got dinner at a little restaurant on the beach, BBQ whole fish with rice and veges
So internet is fairly sporadic, so this is all I can upload tonight. I will try and get some more photos uploaded tomorrow.
Spent quite a bit of time over the last few days getting to know some of the locals. Most of them seem to come across I thought shy but I believe they are more reserved, however it doesn`t take long before they open up. They don`t appear to care much for the environment either, they have an amazing island but just throw all manner of rubbish on the ground when they have finished with it. I met a couple of young boys yesterday that were picking up plastic bottles off the beach and filling big sacks with them, once I got talking to them they revealed the only reason they were picking them up is they get paid when the sacks are full and this is how they survive.
It does seem that there is still a lot of areas of the island that have not been cleaned up from the recent earthquake so those parts of the island look terrible.
Also met a guy called Datu who lives on Lombok but travels to Gili Air and rents a small piece of land on the beach to sell the necklaces etc that he makes. Not sure how he survives as it didn`t look like he was selling much but the Indonesian people are pretty adept at making not a lot go a long way.
My final dinner on Gili Air was at a little place on the way to the beach called warung Ada, it is only about 1 minute walk from my accommodation at Begadang. Had an amazing chicken curry with rice for $4 nzd.