Travel diary // The Gili Islands, Indonesia

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Hello everyone!

I’ve been on an amazing journey through the beautiful country of Indonesia the past two weeks. I’ve been to three different Indonesian islands and I absolutely loved it there. First, I went to The Gili Islands, a group of three teeny tiny islands. 

The group consists of three islands: Gili Trawangan (the biggest one), Gili Meno (the smallest one) and Gili Air. Gili Meno and Gili Air are two hidden gems in Indonesia. Gili Trawangan is more touristic, but it is still a little paradise. What makes the islands even more special, is the fact that there aren’t cars on the islands. Every transport happens with a horsecar, which is kind of sad for these lovely animals. Also, you have to take at least two boats to get there. That makes it so unique and adventurous.

Lots of traveling

The islands are most fitting for relaxing, so that’s what we did on our first day. It was also very needed, after all the traveling we had the past days. We took a plane from Brussels to Qatar for six hours and a half and then we took another one for nine hours and a half from Qatar to Denpasar, Bali. Then, we stayed one night in a hotel and the next day we drove two hours to the harbor of Padang Bai in Bali to get our transfer to Gili.

Unfortunately for us our boat was delayed for more than two hours, due to a very wild sea. When we finally were on our boat, I was so freaking sick. I had never been seasick before but that sea was so wild. The boat was shaking like crazy and it was so hot and the smell of gas was so bad. We had to sit on that boat for two and a half hours to Lombok.

In Lombok, we had to transfer to another boat. We had to move our suitcases in that little boat through sand and water. Finally we arrived in Gili Trawangan! We had gone through all of this but it was so worth it. I didn’t mind being sick because Indonesia is such a beautiful country.

Coconut juice

We walked around the island on our first day and we hiked through the whole island. It took us a little bit more than an hour and a half to hike by the shore. It was so beautiful! The north side is the most busy and touristic, but the other sides are so quiet and intact. After our hike, we decided to try some of the luxurious beach clubs on the island. We went to Ombak Sunset club, famous for its beautiful swings by the shore. We were there when it was ebb, and we could walk so far on the beach!

Then, we went to Pirates beach with a beautiful infinity pool. We drank coconut juice right out of the coconut and swam in the pool. In the evening, we went to the beach with a cocktail to watch the stunning sunset on the west side of the island. It was so breathtaking, I can’t bring this into words. It was still so warm, so I could watch this in my bikini: how amazing is that?

Night market

On our second day, we went to another island: Gili Meno. This is the smallest one so we definitely wanted to discover this one. This island looks abandoned and intact. There is one very traditional small village. We were so impressed with this little paradise. After a day of exploring, we went back to Gili Trawangan and discovered the little night market. It is a traditional food market. We went to a traditional café to eat some very traditional Indonesian food. I loved it, everything is so spicy and rich in flavor!

On the following day, we left Gili Trawangan for Lombok. The Gili islands are such a beautiful group of island, and definitely something you have to visit when you travel to Indonesia!

Have you been to Indonesia before? Other Indonesia travel diaries will be going up in the next weeks so definitely stay tuned!

See you next time! 

Your Belgian blogger,

xoxo, Tessa

Disclaimer: Not sponsored. I bought everything with my own money. These are my own pictures. All opinions are my own.

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4 thoughts on “Travel diary // The Gili Islands, Indonesia

  1. Hoi Tessa, echt supemooie foto’s om bij weg te dromen. Ik ben blij dat je er zo van genoten hebt en deze ervaring rijker bent !!!

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