June 2017

​Gili Air

Gili Air is one of the three small Gili islands in front of the north-west coast of Lombok. It is the closest one to Lombok and a layed-back and chilled place. You’ll find less party then on Gili Trawangan and more life than on Gili Meno. There is everything a person needs to relax, from good food to yoga classes, diving and massage, but no cultural sightseeing or nature on the island.

Since we were here before, about three years ago, we saw big changes on the island: many more restaurants, shops, hotels – everything got bigger and bigger. And those who already existed were somehow upgraded. It looked like the layed-back-chilling-care free-holidays-relaxing vibes even got stronger, or simply part of the islands marketing strategy… At the moment there are still many backpackers coming, but the tourists coming here are changing with the growth of standards.

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Between Bali and Lombok

We arrived on Nusa Lembongan by boat from Sanur/ Bali. The boat took about half an hour, but the whole trip took around 2,5 hours, including taxi ride, check-in, waiting time and boat ride. The island has two popular beach areas, where the boats drop you off: Mushroom bay and Jungut Batu. Since all the dive schools are in Jungut Batu, we spend most of our time there.

We came to Nusa Lembongan especially to dive with manta rays, which we did and therefore enjoyed our stay a lot. Jungut Baru is not a beautiful place, but if you rent a motorbike (which everyone does…), you can easily visit other beaches, the mangroves and Nusa Cenningan. It’s a green island with tourist spots and still a lot of nature.

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