So I followed the banana pancake circuit, as everybody does: Lembongan to Gili Islands. I chose Gili Air to get some peace and quiet, but not too much.
Accommodation: Gili Air Bungalows, probably one of the best on the island for the price. Nice room, nice bathroom (with open air shower and the ubiquitous moskitos, however), verandah with day bed, pool, garden, best breakfast ever.
Quiet but not too quiet: Gili Air has its share of beachfront bars, but other than that no party life. One gets various offers of mushrooms, marihuana, sex, also during daylight hours, but a nice ‘No, Thanks.’ takes care of unwanted offers. The place feels safe.
Quiet but not too quiet II: The muezzin calls to prayer daily from 4:30am, via screeching loudspeakers hitched to some palm trees. Once the muezzin is finished, the roosters he woke take over. During daytime, as anywhere in Asia, there are building activities everywhere. Everybody adds another bungalow, or the neighbours do. Funny enough, I’m not bothered by the noise. It’s Asia, after all.
Quiet but not too quiet III: There are some nice beachfront bars, where my dive buddies met me to enjoy dragonfruit margaritas and the like.
Date: Oct 4th – 12th, 2016
Mood: To one in paradise