On Sunday morning, my friends and I drove to Bangsal and boarded a ferry to go to Gili Trawangan. The Gili Islands are three small islands off the coast of Lombok (which is off the coast of Bali). We’re staying here for one week, hanging out on the beach, eating incredible food, and getting SCUBA certified.
The ferry on the way over felt like it was going to tip the entire time!
Gili Trawangan is about 2×3 kilometers – you can walk around the perimeter in about an hour and a half. There are no motors (motorbikes, cars, taxis, etc.) allowed on the island, and breathing clean air has been wonderful! Many people ride taxis, or you can hire these horse drawn carts (for exorbitant prices) to take you from place to place.
The food here really is great – my guess is that the owners came here on vacation from different countries, fell in love with it, and wanted to figure out how to stay. There are Spanish, Italian, Mexican, American restaurants and more, all that taste like the real deal!
Restaurants have tables on the beach, and most have huts like this one with pillows to sit on. The views are spectacular!
One of our favorite restaurants is actually a set of tree houses – every group gets their own. This is our usual afternoon hangout after diving school.
SCUBA diving has been a rather surreal experience for me. I’ve realized how little of creation I see on an every day basis – last week I was looking down at the clouds and up at thousands of stars, this week I’m looking up at the ocean surface and down upon countless fish and intricate coral.
I’m diving with Blue Marlin, and they’re excellent! It’s SCUBA school – we have homework, take exams, practice in the pool, talk through theory, and learn detailed information about our gear. We’ve also made 5 incredible dives at different sites throughout these three islands.
I was really hoping to see a shark (we even went to shark point today!), but that dream will have to come to fruition later. We did see sea turtles, stingrays, clownfish (Nemo!), trigger fish, eels, lobsters, cuttlefish, a frog fish, and many other things that I doubt will ever cease to fascinate me.
Finally, I have to share with you a few of the pictures of the sunsets here – they are just another way in which have seen so much of God’s beauty in the creation around me throughout this vacation. We hiked up to the opposite side of the island (twice) this week to watch the sun set over Bali (the home of Indonesia’s tallest volcano, after Mt. Rinjani).