We met up on Gili T , as we called it, since no one could properly pronounce Trawangan.
or pedal bikes. There was a mosque on the island which had loud speakers. We could hear Muslim prayers all throughout the day.
Our first night together as a foursome we swapped travel stories and played cards at Pondok Sederhana. Which was a clean, $15 a night accommodation, a short walk from the main road, and yummy continental breakfast.
Once back on land, we assessed the damage... A little shooken up but totally fine and now laughing, we were relieved not to loose our camera. My sunglasses didnt survive the tumble, but I'm sure a turtle is wearing them with style ;)
Back on solid beach, the boys portaged the kayaks while us ladies carried a paddle each and provided encouragement.:) After bypassing the south tip of the island, we were smooth sailing back to Gili. T ..
Day two on Gili T we all rented pedal bikes and biked around the island, stopping for beer breaks and sunset viewing. Suppers were a mixture of unknown food At the tiny food market. After showering and getting dolled up we played cards and had drinks on our patio, which led to a night out on the island including techno dancing On the beach.
Next day we took a public transport boat over to Gili Air, the "in between" of the three islands. As in, not as touristy and busy as Gili T, but not as deserted and quiet as gili meno. It ended up being a nice mix of restaurants, accommodation, beach and shops.
From Gili Air we went on a snorkel day trip to see graceful turtles and pretty neon fish swimming in live coral. The turtles are huge and would swim up to the surface for air right beside us.
Shyla and I went for a traditional Balinese massage. Amazing! We splurged and paid $12 each for a one hour full body massage. ;)..
In all, we really enjoyed the Gili Islands- stunning green/blue water, nice sand, amazing sunsets, enough hustle bustle to keep a person busy, but quiet enough to feel relaxed. I just love how there were no scooters and no vehicles. Just the sweet sound of horse trots and people laughing.
Next stop Lombok.
....as the Indonesian people tell Tanner.. "Long hair, long banana ".......;)