The next day we left for Gili Air which is another of the 3 small islands off the north west coast of Lombok. It was only a 20 minute boat ride away from Gili Trawangan, and as soon as we arrived we could tell it was a lot more chilled out and quieter than the previous island. We thought it was similar to Nusa Lembongan with the laid back vibe and amazing beaches, but there are no motorised vehicles here so everyone walks around on the beach or gets a bike.
Dan decided to do his Open Water dive course here, which was only a 2 day course as we already did 1 day on Gili Trawangan. In the mornings while he did the course I went to yoga classes at H2O Yoga in the centre of the island. My commutes each morning were a 20 minute walk past coconut trees – I could get used to that! The yoga classes were amazing – the Vinyasa Flow class in a round, 12m high bamboo hut with thunder rumbling in the distance was extremely relaxing! The Hatha classes were really good too, and I even managed to get Dan to come along to one with me on our last morning.
In the afternoons, after our morning classes, Dan and I met for lunch at a beachside bar. Then I would watch his dive boat leave and read or snorkel round the coral reef while he was away… not a bad life!
Dan passed his dive course, and that evening we went down to the dive school bar for drinks. We followed everyone down small dark lanes to a ‘secret’ bar, which they said could stay open much later than bars usually do on Gili Air. The best bit about the bar was the table tennis which was really good fun, and we got chatting to an Australian and a Belgian who joined in too. The Australian was from Melbourne and gave us some hints and tips for when we arrive which was handy!
One evening we walked round to the north west tip of the island and got an amazing sunset view of Gunung Agung volcano on Bali – the highest of Indonesia’s volcanoes. We’re looking into the possibility of climbing it when we get back to Bali, has we had planned to climb Rinjani volcano on Lombok and then discovered it is closed for monsoon season.
We extended our stay on Gili Air, and it’s the longest we’ve stayed in one place so far on the trip. The beaches; friendly people; food; fashion boutiques; peacefulness; and range of activities on offer make it hard to leave. Melbourne has a lot to live up to!