Lombok to Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air

And so it began the crazy flight schedules of Indonesia. Transferring between islands in Indonesia can be a hassle with taking up to two flights a day just to get to your destination.

With Jogja behind us, we flew in to Lombok the following morning, not before making a transit in Bali. With a wake up call, you guessed it, at an ungodly hour of 4:30am.

Even the early hours could not contain my excitement towards the second half of the trip - the islands. From here on it would be all gorgeous beaches and many great snorkelling sessions.

Golden Tulip Lombok

Lombok is the main access to the three small beautiful islands Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Three gems blessed with baby blue crystal clear untainted sea water, hot spot for manta rays and paradise for the snorkel-lovers. The main island Lombok provides a lot of charms, with winding landscapes along the coasts, great many beaches and restaurants with good food and well facilitated resorts, it is no wonder more and more tourists are diverting from Bali and seeking quieter island paradise in Lombok.

We arrived at El Bazar for lunch, a new establishment serving amazing mediterranean food. I was prepared for the heat of the island so I was sweating buckets dining here. Granted I wasn't able to change to a more breathable outfit.

If you're into colourful hand-weaved fabric (as photo below), then you need to make a stop at Sasak Sade Village. A local village of 300 villagers living in cow-dung built houses, who make a living selling intricately weaved scarfs and sarongs to tourists. Sign up for a tour and you'll be greeted with a warm musical and drumming welcome followed by a cultural dance that did not disappoint.

The following day we moved out to sea to visit the famous Gili islands nearby for a day's worth of snorkelling - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Just a short 35 mins away and we have entered heaven.

My favourite has got to be Gili Meno. The sea so blue and calm and the corals pretty; it was a breeze to swim in (note: pink donut float in the sea pic). But the view at Gili Tranwangan was undeniably breathtaking, with many amazing instagram-worthy sunset moments and photogenic beaches.


Golden Tulip Lombok
Checked in to Golden Tulip Lombok

El Bazar Lombok
El Bazar


El Bazar Lombok

Sasak Sade Village Lombok

Sasak Sade Village Lombok

Gili Meno
Donut and fins at Gili Meno

Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan Swing
One of Gili Trawangan's swings


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