Bali and Gili Part 2

Other stuff to do for day trips is to go to Uluwatu and the resort there. In 2006 it was 150.000 ruipa to stay there by the pool for the day, and that included lunch and one or two drinks. Don't think the price has changed either. It is really beautiful. In that area you can also walk around and see one of the really good places for surfing competitions and there is a monkey temple not too far from here. But be aware of the monkeys, they can be aggressive and right now in January 2011 there was rabbis amongst monkeys and wild dogs, so do not pet them. Just keep your distance and you will be fine. But go to Uluwatu resort if you want to relax for the day.

 

 

Something else I have done a few times is go to Dreamland. Sadly this place is not what it used to be as there has been build a big resort on that property. but I hear you can still go there and pay your way in and enjoy the wonderful beach they have. That beach is beautiful, white sand and crystal clear water, but be careful the waves are high and the current is very stron. When you look at the pictures now make sure to remember that in most of them we are taken by the current and are struggling to stay on you feet (pictures in the water that is).

 

 

 

 

 

                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, if you ever travel to Bali, you just have to go to the Gili Island. The Gili Island is 3 small, very small, island about 1 hour with speed boat from Padang Bai. Gili Trawangang, the biggest and most popular one, Gili Meno and Gili Air. You can book trips to Gili more or less everywhere in Kuta. If you go by speed boat, as I would recomend, you can either go with GiliCat or Sea Merlin. Any other company you should not go with, unless they tell you they go from Padang Bai and they can ensure you that they are speed boats. Padaing Bai is the main turist harbour and that is where you can catch speed boats and it is about 1 hour driving from Kuta. There are other boats and ferries going from Bali to Gili, but they are anything but fast! GiliCat is a little bit expencive 1,1 mill rupia about 890 nok and Sea Merlin is 600.000 rupia, about 360 nok, both prices are return. We experienced the difference with those two companies this time, and as we travelled GiliCat and the sea was so ruff that they could not go from Gili back to Bali they fixed everything for us. First they sent me a text message to confirm our booking going back to Bali and after that (when the sea got so bad) they called our hotel to see how they could help us to get back. It was only one option and that was flying. Be a little bit careful with flying in Indonesia, stick with airlines like, Wings, Lion Air, Garuda or any other "big" airlines, stay away from the small ones (except Susi Air, they are good). However, one the phone I asked if they could fix a flight for us and of course they could. A two minute phone call resulted in full transportation back to Bali. Boat from Gili to Lombok (big island 20 min from Gili Trawangang), bus from the harbour to the airport, flight (26 min) from Lombok to Denpasar, met by a driver in Denpasar who drove us to the hotel. But this does not mean that Sea Merlin is bad, they are very good, but it is lika a low cost airline, you get what you pay for, so not so much service because they can  not afford it. However after a lot of don't know, it turned out the Sea Merlin could go from Gili to Padang Bai, even though a bit bad weather on the sea, and GiliCat people had to fly. Anyway, going to Gili is worth every penny!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

                                      

 

 

 

If you stay at one of the most popular luxury hotels in Gili Villa Ombak you will be met by a driver. And a driver in Gili does not use a car or anything motorised, horse and carriage! But look at such a greeting.

 

 

                                      

 

When you arrive in Gili you will be taken by the beautiful beaches and the calm atmosphere, you just know you will have a good relaxing time.

 

 

 

                                      

                                      

 

 

Gili is just like the rest of Bali, i you do not have a hotel booking, no problem. Most people travel to places in Bali and Gili without hotel booking. I like to have that in order before I arrive so this time we had booked us in to Big Bubble. This is a very good and very cheap place. Also, in Gili, everything is located on the one street so you will not have any problems finding your way. Big Bubble is probably one of the cheapest places in Gili, and the standard are okay. A fan room is 250.000 rupia a night ( about 150 nok) and a/c room is 350.000 a night (about 210 nok) , 325.000 rupia a night if you stay one week. The best thing about Big Bubble is that you can get your breakfast at any time. Jippi.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

                                      

                                      

                                      

 

                                      

                                      

                                      

                                      

 

 

There are so many nice places to stay in Gili and another one is Tir na nog. That is an Irish bar, restaurant, hotel and it is very nice. I stayed there a few years ago and liked it very much, but when we got back this year they had changed a lot, all for the better. They even have a very nice swimming pool now. At Tir na nog there is a party every wednesday, but you can go to the bar there everyday if you like. If you are not too picky on your alcohol order the local spirits, they are okay and only 16.000 for single and 21.000 for double drink. (about 10 or 13 nok). The food at this place i also very good, they are known for their pizza. If you are in Gili you are bound to go here at least 3 or 4 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                      

 

I just have to comment on this last picture, because we are having dinner in this picture, and yes that is a tv by the table. So what you do is you get a dvd, order your dinner and watch your movie while you are eating. Or as we did, fll asleep by the table after eating. It is perfectly normal:)

 

As I have said, Gili is all about relaxing and having a good time. Even if it is a small island there is always something to do. You can find some really nice and good dinner places, like one of the indian restaurants where you can, if you want, lay down on the sandy beach and have you dinner followed by an after dinner shisha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otherwise you have again Tir na nog, good food, good drinks and good atmosphere. The Beach house (also very nice to stay at, very nice rooms and facilities like a good pool. The bars and restaurants are all lined up in that one main street so you can just take you pice from what ever you like. Make sure you try the seafood bbq at least once, many restaurants have it and it is very good. Rudy's is a place where there always is a party if you are up for it! Can sit in little hutts and drink beer, wine, long drinks or whatever you prefer, just enjoy the evening with all your friends. It is very easy to get to know people in Gili so by the time you leave you will probably have made some new ones too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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