Monday, December 3, 2012

The premoon part 4: The Tiny Isle

For the next part of our premoon we took a short hop over to the island of Lombok in order to visit the Gili Islands.  The Gili's are 3 tiny islands off the western cost of Lombok.  They are world renown diving destinations and so small that they are car free.  The only way to get around is by foot, bicycle, or horse-drawn carriage.  We took a speed boat over to the furthest island, Gili Trawangan where we spent 4 fabulous nights.

When we arrived on the island, our carriage awaited.

It was quite the ride

The horse sped through the dirt roads and within minutes we arrived at our hotel near the center of the island.  There we found yet another "honeymoon" cake waiting for us in the room.

We stayed at Luce de Alma resort.  It was a bit different from the other resorts on the island because it was not directly on the beach, but since the ocean was within walking distance, that didn't bother us too much. The hotel provided us with bicycles so we could get to anywhere on the island pretty easily.  

My reasons for choosing this particular resort were the good reviews, the decent price, and the ginormous swimming pool right outside our door.

 The pool was totally necessary because, boy was it hot!

We spent most of our time roaming the island, bumming around on the gorgeous beaches, and exploring the under water world with our snorkel gear.  The island is pretty much surrounded by a reef.  Which means lots of beautiful coral and topical fish.  It was truly like a whole new world under there.

One of my favorite things about Indonesia, was the quality of the fresh fruit.  It's so hot there all year round, which means it's the perfect environment for those tropical fruits to flourish.  I had a fresh juice or 2 every day.  My favorite were the watermelon juice and the kiwi with a bit of fresh ginger.


Since we were in a paradise for diving, Stef convinced me to try it out. I had never done it before.  In all honesty, that breathing underwater thing sort of freaks me out.  I really was not sure if I would like it, and was hesitant to ever try, because I didn't want to find out I was claustrophobic 15 meters down.  The island is spotted with dives shops and we chose a great one on the quieter side of the island where we were able to take a try-dive course.  Since we were able to try it out first in a swimming pool instead of going straight into the ocean, it made me feel a bit less nervous.  Our instructor was really great and he made me feel very comfortable which really helped the situation. 

In the morning we were taught all the basics, and in the afternoon, once I knew I was comfortable with it, we did a real dive.  We walked in from shore and dove to about 12 meters along the reef.  It was amazing!  We saw sea turtles, eels, huge parrot fish, and even some Nemo's.  I loved it.  We decided to go back the next day for another dive and this time we went out in a boat.

I definitely recommend the Gili's if you are into diving...

and horses.

It was definitely a unique experience, and I'm so glad that we took the time out of our Bali trip to spend some quality time on the tiny island.

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