The Gili Islands 3-7 Feb '14
Mon 3 Feb 14 - Fri 7 Feb 14 33 °C
Our stay in Lombok was really just a stop off on the way to the Gili's - three small beautiful islands set just off the north-west coast of Lombok, We were staying on Gili Trawangan (Gili T) - the supposed party island (it's not really), but much busier than its sisters Gili Air (bit posh) and Gili Meno (super quiet). There are no cars or motorbikes on the Gili's - if you don't want to walk your only choice is bicycle or horsedrawn cart. Our booked accommodation was unfindable, and after Elin had slipped on a wet floor and injured her arm, we ended up at a guesthouse where they saw she was upset and tried to help.
Our days were spent chilling on the beach, our nights sampling the local bars and clubs. Our favourite was the little reggae bar on the beach - a live band (Jah on Holiday) who were surprisingly food - and one of the singers looked like an Indonesian Jack Sparrow. Very enjoyable times were had. We also watched a movie one night - Django Unchained seems slightly bizarrer when watched in a beachside shack.
I also re-indulged my love of snorkelling, taking a trip round all three islands. Beautiful, although I wasn't lucky enough to see a turtle or even a clownfish!
Unfortunately our encounters with room-invading multiple-legged beasties continued - cockroaches in the bathroom, ants and a spider in the bedroom - and worst of all, a giant flying beetle thing that looked like a cockroach. It could jump too. Elin got injured trying to catch it, and eventually I chased it out the door with a toilet roll. Weird.
Gili T was cool. We could have stayed on the islands a lot longer - although a room with a more effective fan and no flying beetles would have been preferred.