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25.08.2009 35 °C
We've left the Gili Islands after a few days there, including a snorkelling trip around the three of them. Very very nice place to stay, very relaxed, no problems, no hassling/beach sellers (well, very few) and the snorkelling was very good, we were hand feeding some fish off the coast of Gili A, saw 8 or so turtles and some blue coral!
If you want to go somewhere and have a nice (if slightly expensive for this country) time, then thoroughly recommend the Gili Islands. Go on, do it! Oh, there are LOADS of italians there. No idea why.
We took a shuttle ferry to the island of Lombok, almost got fleeced by a horse/cart taxi (20,000 for a 5 min walk to the bus station? Thats like £1.50! We walked!) and then a shuttle bus to the resort area of Senggigi (we're still arguing about how to pronounce that one). With a budget of 250,000 maximum in mind we looked at a couple of places to stay. The first two were 100,000 a night, but no hot water or air-con (not that we really care about air-con tho) and one even had a 'manual flush' toilet: a bucket of water beside the toilet to use for that purpose. There was a nice looking place of cottages across the road from the beach that we thought we'd check out. They wanted 350,000 a night tho, or maybe 300,000, they reduced it to? But we stayed firm, 250,000 max, said thanks and left. Half way down the drive the reception lady came running after us and said, OK, 250,000 but no breakfast included. Which is exactly what we wanted! So we're in a little cottage, hot water, air-con, mini-bar, television (CNN only english channel), HUGE bed, free WI-FI internet (not sure who's it is, but we're using it!) and a view from the hill over the beach! Nice!
Tomorrow we may go take a tour to a waterfall and monkey place, but right now I think it's time to hit the pool... yes, there is a pool too...
Oh, and tans are going well.