Snorkelling, mushrooms and turtles
When we arrived in Bali we saw that it was really built up and touristy so we only stayed one night and decided to go on to Lombok. That journey was a bit of a nightmare, so I will write about that seperately.
We stayed two nights in Sengigi, weren't impressed, so we headed on to the Gilis. We had read in the Lonely Planet that you could get a bemo to Bangsal harbour for cheap....not true! When we quoted 20,000rp to them, they drove off. In the end we paid 40,000rp in a minivan with a man called Eddy Rangaa. A nice man who offered to get us all the way from the Gilis back to Kuta on Bali for 300,000rp together, so we took it. We went to Gili T with a great Lithuanian couple we met in Sengigi: Sandra and Sigakas (which I kepy mispronouncing as Circus, sorry Sigakas). On Gili T we got two rooms in Atong bungalows for 70,000rp which was quite good. That evening we had a walk around the town and found tonnes of restaurants and accomodation, but thankfully not as many tourists as we had expected. The vast majority of them were unfriendly Swedes who looked angry all the time. This was disappointing because other Swedish people we'd met were always really nice. There was also an Irish bar called Tir na nOg. None of the staff was Irish though, surprise surprise.
The next day we decided to go snorkelling and got mask, snorkel and fins for 20,000rp each, which was a good deal. Our goal was to see a turtle as there are a lot around the Gilis. The first two times only we didn't see one but I was determined to keep going until I saw one. The third time in the water was a success. I spotted a turtle on the seafloor chomping away on something. I stayed watching for a good ten minutes hoping that it would come up to the surface, but it never did. Thinking the others would be looking for me I swam off and left the little guy to his meal. It was a cool experience though.
We saw many different kinds of fish but I thought the snorkelling was only ok. In my opinion the Philippinnes was better. The water around the Gili T was a little dirty. On one occasion Kevin was swimming and we both thought we saw a jellyfish in the distance, but it just turned out to be a plastic bag.
After snorkelling we decided to walk around the rest of the island. It's the largest of the islands and can be walked in about two hours or so. It was interesting to see the differences between the Indonesian houses of the interior of the island compared to all the restaurants and bungalows that ring the outisde of the island designed for the tourists. One nice thing about the islands is they have no motorised vehicles allowed. They only use horses or bicycles, so it was quite quiet.
After our walk, we three boys decided to try magic mushrooms, for which the island is famous for.
They told us they made our drinks above average strength, but we didn't feel any effect. Kevin even had a second batch. Sigakas said his fingers went numb and he couldn't look at Kevin without laughing, which was funny. He obviously got the good batch. The owner told us it was because Kevin and I were too big....how rude haha.
After that Kevin and I went out to a bar, got quite drunk, met a french girl who would later become our host in Yogyakarta, and made fun of Swedish people.
The next day the Lithuanian couple left, I slept ALL day and poor Kevin was bored all alone.
All in all Gili T was good fun, but not as amazing as people had described it. They are worth visiting though.