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Stingersuits on Gili

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Hi everyone, it’s been awhile! After a much-needed break we’re back and this week I have to tell you about a great place Neil and went to as an exploratory photo shoot location for Exotic Waterwear stinger suits.

Backing the truck up a little, (this is where Neil generally goes Beep Beep Beep, making that weird sound trucks do when reversing!), it was our wedding anniversary so we decided to go to Bali and check it out. Friends told us about the Gili Islands, off Lombok, and how nice they were, so that’s where we headed first.

Getting to them from Denpasar took about two and a half hours in a fairly comfortable speed boat. We arrived at Gili Trawangan (aka Gili T) and after collecting our baggage we made for the taxi rank. On the Gilis there is no motorized transport to whisk you off to your resort, instead you take a very quaint pony drawn cart!

Since your trusty steed is adorned with numerous bells, you jingle- jangle your way through a labyrinth of narrow lanes, dutifully announcing to one and all to hug the wall and make some room! 

Our resort was nice, and our accommodation consisted of a double bedroom bungalow (we went with friends), small private plunge pool and a truly great outdoor entertainment area.

Once checked in, you are able to use one of the resort’s bicycles, provided that is if you can find one in reasonable working order, at least one with brakes and air in the tires! It takes a couple hours to ride around the island, with most of the way being reasonably ok save a few hundred meters of sandy path which means you get off and push. 

Had some great food along the way and loved the vibe of the island! So safe and old fashioned!

The next day we decided to do a snorkel day and hired a boat with 2 guides for $120 which was terrific.

After our first snorkel, we went ashore on the sister island, Gili Meno and proceeded to walk its perimeter. This took an hour and we absolutely loved how quiet it was. Not the hustle and bustle of Gili T but a calm, laid back style that really looked appealing. We will definitely return to Gili M for a week or so! Again, no motorised transport, only pony and cart.

Back on the boat, we went to another snorkeling location and spent about an hour surrounded by heaps of fish, turtles galore, and really healthy-looking coral which was unexpected, but great to see.

Loved my stingersuit as I was the only one not to get bitten by sea lice! 

Next it was off to Gili Air for lunch. This is the middle-sized island and looks more family orientated than Gili T which, in some circles, is called the party island. After a wander, we found a restaurant on the beach called “the Chill out Bar” and we had the best lunch I’ve had in a long, long time. Great food and even better service.

We picked up a few local young surfers on the trip back and dropped them off in the surf. Tiny gutsy little fellas, looked like they were about 8 years old, and just jumped off the boat as if it was nothing! 

Later that night, back on Gili T, we went to a place called Regina’s for wood fired pizza and I really think it’s the best pizza I’ve ever had. This mad Italian (maybe he wasn’t but it makes for a better story) with a crazed look in his eye was in charge of the oven and what he produced was perfection personified. “Bellissimo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” And the ride back in the pony cart was a hoot in the dark! 

The following day, our last full one, Neil wanted to see the famous sunset where people sit on the big swings over the water and sip ice cold cocktails. You know, occasionally the old boy has a good idea! 

We arrived before sunset, took a few snaps before the sun dropped. 

It was picture perfect, the sunset, weather, drinks. 

Sadly, instead of going back to Regina’s, we ate at a place there and the food was pretty woeful. In fact, mine was so bad even the trash bin threw it back!

Apart from that one bad meal the whole time spent at the Gilis was, in a word, fantastic. My recommendation is, if you’re looking for a new place to escape the rat race, check out the Gili islands in Bali. There is one to suit all tastes. And the people are absolutely beautiful, smiling, friendly and you feel very very safe, nice feeling in this troubled world today. Truly a step back in time!

Remember, if you do go, the sun is hot and the water plenty warm so all you’ll need is an ExoticWaterwear stinger suit, matching bikini, and sundress to be able to enjoy paradise without any wardrobe worries. Minimum fuss, travel light so lots of room in your suitcase for souvenirs! 

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