All good things must come to an end…..well, kind of. While Lauri, Charley, and Bruce headed back to Bend, the remaining five of us extended our stay and went to Gili Trawangan (aka Gili T.) Gili T is about an hour boat ride from Jemuluk Bay in Amed. While the price of our boat tickets included transportation from Villa Paradiso to the bay, we didn’t envision it would be in the back of a truck. I sat in the front with the driver, everyone else and our luggage were piled in the back. We even stopped to pick up another passenger who threw her bag in the back and climbed in. It’s unexpected things like this that add to my love of international travel.
On our way to Jemeluk Bay I shot some video. Click on the link below to see what the majority of the roads we traveled were like:
Rochelle and I got a seat inside the boat.
All seats were well equipped with water and plenty of barf bags!
Erich, Mary, and Kirk sat in the back of the boat where they proceeded to get wet from water spraying over the side.
After arriving on Gili T, we got our luggage and went in search of transportation to our hotel.
Gili T, Gili Meno, and Gili Air, are very small islands located northwest of Lombok. There’s no motorized transportation allowed on the Gilis. Cidomos (horse carts) operate as taxis and because our hotel was on the other side of the Gili T boat harbor, Erich, Rochelle, and I squeezed into a cidomo with all our luggage for the 15 minute ride to our hotel. Kirk and Mary opted to walk rather than hire another cidomo.
Click the link below for video of our ride to the hotel:
Our rooms weren’t fancy…..
But, we did get rooms with private pools which was very convenient and well worth the extra cost. No walking in the humid heat to use the main hotel pool. Just step outside our room and jump in.
We got settled into our rooms and relaxed a bit then went to dinner. Gili T is known for its’ bar and party scene. The east side of the island is more developed than the west so we opted to stay on the west side away from the loud late night party scene (I guess that means we’re old!) Upon returning from dinner Mary had a little surprise on her doorstep………
We thought we were on the mellow side of the island and some drunk guy passed out near Mary’s door.
Mary did call security to have them check on this guy in case he was suffering from a medical problem. They laughed and assured her he was just drunk. They also got him up and told him to go to his own room. I’m not sure how that turned out.