Our brief boat trip had begun in the small port of Bangsal. I had read a few warnings about running the gauntlet of relentless touts, but we had a great cab driver who drove us directly to the ticket office, rather than the more usual terminal about a kilometre away. It was simply a matter of sitting and waiting until there enough passengers to fill up a boat, and we were off.
|Bangsal harbour looking towards the closest of the Gilis, Gili Air|
|The little pony drawn carts in Bangsal harbour called cidomo were a foretaste of those on the island. Because motorised vehicles are banned on the Gilis, the cidomos, together with pushbikes, are the most popular means of transport.|
|Looking back at Lombok from the boat|
|My suitcase amidst the produce|
Once I had secured a room at Dream Village, which had been recommended by a friend in Jakarta, I decided to head off to see the sights, and what better way to start than to circumnavigate the island by cidomo.
|Entry to my hotel, the Dream Village|
Apologies in advance for a very poor photo editing on my part. Every scene was so beautiful, it was hard to cut any!
|These simple coral wind chimes are another idea I will take home with me.|
|Not such a pretty snap, but it gives idea of the dryness (in the height of the dry season).|
|Loved this driftwood horse with his necklace of coral|
Even without that blue, there was so much beauty. For starters, the bougainvilleas.
After two wonderful days, I very reluctantly dragged myself back to the little harbour we had arrived at. I briefly watched the locals at work, then, all too soon, it was time to leave Gili Trawangan. I hope I'll be back.
|Exquisitely coloured sarongs like those I saw in Lombok|