Thanks to our Travel Expert, Bryan Lee, i got a chance to visit Lombok again. Did not have much time on 2013 visit due because Rinjani Hike taken up 3 days. This round will spend more time on my favorite relaxing Gili Trawangan, south and north east of Lombok.
Goats on fighting during boat trip to Gili Trawangan from Bangsal.
Jali Resort, although located a little further from port, but i like it here. Clean, good foods, silent, well design room, nice bathroom and relaxing environment.
Long swimming pool along your doorstep.
Bright room with air conditioned and wall socket accept Type C (German) and Type G (UK) adapter.
Dining and bar area, price are reasonable, friendly staffs and chef are very well trained.
Jalan Nautilus, Gili Trawangan
Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia 83352
There is a place offer basketball half court, mini Golf and Trampolines, located just few minutes away from Jali Resort.
Sunrise, straight out from the road of Jali resort, estimate around 6:15am.
Breakfast on 7:00am.
Rent a bike, then you can reach the main street within 10 minutes and ride around island will just take around 1 hour.
Snorkeling trip, it was a public service, therefore it is cheap. Sea wave current is stronger than i expected, especially on noon around 3:00pm, fin and safety jacket will be helpful. Strongly recommend to take private snorkeling tour to have more control on time, location, lunch arrangement and enjoyment.
Having lunch at Gili Air.
Locals on the work, transferring goods.
Gili Air is not as crowded as Gili Trawangan, beach is nicer to swim due to less boats, worth to stay a night here.
Horse stepping onto the boat. Snorkeling trip took us from 10:00 to 16:00, but 2 hours+ are wasted on waiting, eg: customer gathers, boat depart and extremely slow lunch serving.
Right after arrived back to Gili Trawangan, we went to bakery for some food.
Hungry as ghost we are.
Cycled to the west of Gili Trawangan and search for the famous “Swing”, west side are having several luxury resorts now compare to 4 years ago.
In Gili Trawangan, you can enjoy Sun rise and Sun set with short ride.
The “Swing” that build on the sea, you can access it on evening while low tide.
There are few swings along the beach, but each of them have numbers of peoples are queuing up to take picture of it.
This is how it look like on the morning.
Back to main street, at Warung Warna.
Taliwang Chicken with rice.
Olive mushroom pizza.
Sometimes when we touch.
The other day, sun rising from the back of Mount Rinjani.
Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery, do not touch the turtle.
Local auntie selling foods, can be found on morning at the port.
Absolutely delicious, soft rice cake with red liquid sugar and coconut.
Lontong, fried mee, curry tofu and eggs.
Can tell Jali Resort is a very relaxing place from this cat.
Resort staff helped us to book horse cart to the port, three person for a cart, cost IDR 100,000.
Well trained, smooth and stable ride.
Public boat service back to Bangsal, Lombok main land.
Cheap, but need to wait around 35 minutes until a certain amount of peoples to fulfill the boat. There is always option for private fast boat service that depart much faster. Do remember you will need to pay tips if locals helped to carry your luggage from the boat.
Mini petrol station can be seen around Lombok.
Taxi seems to not allowed to get in to the port, walking distance of 10 minutes, within 2KM, you will see numbers of Taxi nearby.
Took a “Bluebird” metered Taxi.
Our stay at Senggigi, Aruna Hotel.
Stayed here on 4 years ago, currently they have a new tall contemporary building and previous resort style, and we are staying at the resort type.
They renew the bathroom that now looks brighter.
Recommended by Hotel staff, Square Restaurant & Lounge.
Modern design with open concept, temperature are in control where you won’t feel hot in the restaurant.
Almost everyday got people order Nasi Goreng (fried rice).
My lunch, vegetable with Crunchy Mee.
A walk on the black beach to Hindu Temple, Pura Batu Bolong. Visitor are not allow to take picture of Pura Batu Bolong while on praying.
Gunung Agung at the opposite, stand still on the Bali Island. Bali s just 45 minutes boat ride away from Lombok.
Bale Tajuk Cafe, strongly recommended, but it got limited seat, best to go earlier if your group got many peoples.
Stir fry vegetables with Tofu, delicious and portion is enough for two peoples.
Simple but absolutely nice, Crepe with chocolate on top as dessert.