By far one of the best weekends of my life has to be the one I spent sunning it up on two Indonesian islands, Gili Trawangan and Gili Air. Picture white sand and crystal clear water. Are you jealous yet? Me and my friends headed across the Bali Sea to Gili T on the Friday morning, and checked into a hostel we had found on booking.com called La Boheme.
It wasn’t very fancy but it provided us with a bed and unlimited pancakes 24/7 so I was happy. Gili T is famous for both its amazing beaches and night life, so we spent the afternoon drinking lemon Bintang (the local beer) on the beach and our night at the full moon party. I admit I am not a massive ‘goer outer’ but something about drinking on a beach with my friends and listening to good music does appeal to me. I didn’t quite make it to sun rise but I had a very good night regardless.
One thing I was not expecting was the shops. There were your usual market stalls and mini supermarkets but there were also a few very lovely clothes and silver shops. I very much enjoyed browsing through those once the sun had gone down and it was much cooler. The market products were rather more expensive in Ubud where I’ve been staying for the past 4 weeks. I saved my market shopping for when I got back to Ubud but the fixed priced shops were definitely worth a look.
My friend, Tara, and I decided the 3 days we had planned to spend there just wasn’t enough and we changed our boat back to Bali to the Tuesday. This gave us two more days. We decided to get a boat over to Gili Air which on the fast boat takes no more than 5 minuets. It was pretty similar to Gili Tawangan, just with less bars and more families. I personally preferred Gili T as there was more to do but both were must see destinations. In all honestly I could have spent a full week there and not been bored. Despite the very low prices, the drinking and meals out were starting to burn a hole in my pocket so going back to Bali seemed wise.
I highly recommend visiting the Gili Islands to anyone near the area because it really was one of the most beautiful and amazing places I’ve ever visited.