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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Farewell Gili Islands... hello Nusa Lembongan.

All good things must come to an end right?!  This morning, we said goodbye to our charming Indonesian hut, our favorite restaurant on the beach, the unbelievably happy and friendly servers there, the sweet kitty who always came to say hello, the crystal clear Gili Island water and the beautiful sea turtles and set off for Nusa Lembongan Island (just south of Bali)... but not before pulling some of my favorite shells together for a Gili Air sign! :) 

We had breakfast at our hotel, but since I haven't been hungry for dinner lately, I've been eating 2 breakfasts!  I couldn't pass up another $2.50 banana and chocolate pancake now, could I?!

... or one last dip in that water!

We walked over to the harbor and checked in with the Scoot office (speed boat) to make sure we were registered for the boat transfer to Nusa Lembongan this afternoon.  Turns out "registration" is at 12:00, but the boat doesn't leave until 12:45pm, so wince we had to wait 45 minutes for the boat, we had lunch here next to the "harbor".

The restaurant is family owned and everyone lives in a little hut to the side of it.  While we were eating, one of the girls came out of the public bathroom, wrapped in a towel from showering! 

At last, we boarded our tiny speed boat and headed for Gili Trawagan, where we would then catch the bigger speed boat for our next destination!

We were originally told that we would get off at Gili T and immediately transfer to the next boat, but in true South East Asian fashion, we waited and waited... There's not really a time table to stick to around these parts.  It was fine though, neither of us had ever been to Gili T, so we walked around and played with the horses! :) 

If you tell them a funny joke, they'll smile for you.  (Or if you get too close, they'll whip around and try to bite you!  But, it'll look like they're smiling!  lol)

Getting one last shot of the Gili's before we set sail!

There's our speed boat to the left!  It was the best $35.00 (each) that we've spent on a transfer in a long, long time!  Saved us A LOT OF TIME!

The boat was definitely fast and definitely rocky!  There were some serious waves out there in the middle of the ocean and lots and lots of wind, hence the sweet hair I'm rocking in this picture! 

We made it to Nusa Lembongan in record time!  Last time we were in Indonesia, it took us almost 12 hours to get here on the ferry!  This time it was under an hour and a half!  So, tomorrow is Nyepi Eve and then Nyepi day, and since Oka No7, the hotel we were planning to stay in ended up being closed for Nyepi, we splurged and went next door to Lembongan Reef Bungalows for $50 a night... but with a view like this from our private balcony, breakfast included, air conditioning, hot water, a pool, and knowing we'd be stuck there for 24 hours on Nyepi, we were just fine with the price!   

We're so happy to be back in Nusa Lembongan for the 2nd time!  It was, and always will be, one of our favorite places in SE Asia and we're hoping we can make just as amazing memories this time as the last!  Tomorrow we're planning to check out Dream Beach, Mushroom Beach, the bridge, and maybe a cock fight or two!  Soooo happy to be back here again!


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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this post with your readers.
    I am so glad that I came across it and had a chance to go through the same.

  3. Hey Jill and Aaron. We are loving your blog. The two of us are currently planning our Indo trip for this summer. We originally planned on doing Ubud, Lombok and Gili Meno. But after reading your blog about Nusa Lembongan we are now torn on what to do. We only have 17 days so four destinations is just too much. What would you cut out given our time frame? Thanks for your insight! :D

    1. Hey Aren, I'm so glad you two are loving my blog and are planning an Indo trip! You'll LOVE IT. If you had to cut one option of the 4, I'd definitely say Lombok. It's no doubt, gorgeous, but we really loved the other 3 spots and the area we went to in Lombok was pretty hard to get to. Hope that helps!