When I stepped off the boat onto the soft white sand, the contrast between old and new was stark! A man was riding his horse & cart (a Cidomo) along the sand path whilst talking on this mobile phone, I wondered if I had stepped into a strange type of Amish community or a scene from a Western movie but they forgot to lose the modern technology for that shot! But no, this was Gili Air, where no motorised transport is allowed on the island and the only way to travel around is by horse drawn carts or bicycle! Welcome to the new 21st Century, where the old meets the not-too-fast-growing new.
When you are choosing your next holiday destination, if you want that Robinson Crusoe feeling of a deserted white sand island but the convenience of a comfortable place to stay and small choice of a restaurants, then go to Gili Meno as that describes this island to a tee!
As soon as you step off the boat, you noticeably feel it’s a quiet and relaxed island and, just like its neighbours Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, there are no motorised vehicles; the only transportation is by Cidomo (horse & cart) or bicycle. The pace here is slow, but immediately your pace becomes slower; this is the perfect island to stop time and just unwind, isn’t this something we all seek at some point in our busy lives?
I love wreck dives, it’s as simple as that. If I hear of a shipwreck which can be dived when I am visiting a country, then sign me up, I’m there baby!
If you love your scuba diving then the USS Liberty Wreck off the north coast of Bali is somewhere you should add to your diving bucket list. It regularly charts in the World’s Top 10 Wreck Dives and it’s easy to see why. On the day we dived her; a hot February Monday morning, the sea temperature was 29 degrees, the visibility easily 25 metres and the conditions were calm and relaxing – what more can you ask for in a dive?
I have wanted to see Komodo Dragons for many years now, ever since I bought a hand-carved wooden statue back in Ubud, Bali back in 2002. There is something prehistoric about them which I find fascinating, plus there is a sense of danger at the idea of being near one… after all, they have dragon as part of their name! They may not be the fire breathing dragons made famous by Game of Thrones, but they are still dragons.
On the day we had booked to see the dragons, I kept thinking “I’m going to see Komodo Dragons!”, surely this was going to be a highlight of our trip in Indonesia?