It was raining cats and dogs yesterday. Good choice not doing the Batur Hiking Tour – it certainly would not have been fun climbing up on slippery ground without having the view on a beautiful sunrise as reward afterwards.
After a small breakfast, we get some more fruit at the local market for the ride and arrive just in time to get picked up by a tiny Subaru, our shuttlebus to Padang Bai. We choose to sit on the 2nd row of seats, so we can at least stretch our legs to the front – those things aren’t really made for tall people.
Padang Bai –
After quite some bumpy ride we arrive at the habour of Padang Bai and enter the speedboat-bureau to catch the ride to Gili Trawangan. Our backpacks get quickly loaded into the boat and we climb to the upper deck to a group of other travellers also looking really exited about the islands. All this here has some partyboat vibe: Beer from the freezer, partymusic and people wearing barely any clothes. The sun is shining and waves splashing on the deck are great for cooling off.
Gili Trawangan –
We are greeted by a “Welcome to Gili Trawangan”-Coca-Cola-sign, right after we jumped off the ship’s bow on the sandy beach. Next we get our stuff thrown to – and we are all set and on our own. Some horse-drawn carriage taxis are waiting, there is nothing motorized here – neither cars nor scooters. So first, we are looking for the place to stay… Right opposite the “street” is a diving base, with bar and restaurant and… they also offer rooms. We pack our thin