Saturday, November 3, 2012

I Found YOUR paradise in Gili Trawangan..

OMG, OMG, OMG! I've never been excited like this before! Yay, finally I'll post about my sweetest escape to Gili Trawangan. YES, GILI TRAWANGAN! You ever heard about that, right? If not, I will gladly to inform you :)
So, my journey was started from a few months ago, I planned went to Gili on Ied Mubarak's holiday. 
Then, I googled a lot of things about Gili. My planned was for me and my office mate, Rahma which is will dare to go alone by plane, but at the end of time, the plan was just a plan..
But, I still in my obsession to go to Gili. Then I asked my family to go with me. And in the last minute time, I found Clara ( my elementary school mate ) able to join with me. Any happier than this? I guess no.
Then the journey was started from 25 Oct 2012, in the middle of the sunny afternoon, me, clara, my parents, my sis and her hubby and their little lovely son, we went to Padang Bay ( in Karang Asem Bali ) harbor, yes, by motorcycles. We arrived around 5pm, I thought.
Then around 7pm, we're in boat ( or ship? ). The journey to reach Lembar ( Lombok ) harbor approximately 5 hours. Yes, 5 hours shaking by the ship. If you really want to know how does it goes, hmm, for sure, you should try that! It's like you're in kora-kora ( Dufan ). I'm sea sick, even all of my family too. But thanks to antimo and fresh care for being such a effective and useful best friend along my trip. Just like a sponsorship, huh? No, I'm not :p
Actually, the journey of the ship on the ocean was only 3 hours, but we need to waited for queuing at the pier. So this is the picture for the ferry ( ship ) and us.

Don't ask me why my face was so ugly.
As i said, I'M SEA SICK.
And this pic taken for around 1 am ( mid night )

My father, my nephew and my sis.
Still in the ferry, waiting for recline to the pier..


Then, we arrived in Lombok! Yay! I could not more happier than this! We directly went to my family house in Mataram. It takes around 30 minutes from harbor to Mataram kota.
We're slept over in my family house. In the early morning I wake up, because honestly I can't sleep all night long and yet excited for my Gili trip. Thanks to my beloved family in Lombok, they're generously drive me and Clara to Bangsal harbor by car. But my father followed us by my motorcycle, so me and Clara will be easier for the return. FYI, I went with Clara only to Gili Trawangan. My family, stay in Mataram. It tooks not more than 1 hour , guys! We not passed Sengigi, but the other ways. Sorry I'm forget the name of the road, but it's like canyon on the left side and there's a lot of monkey >.< 

This is our ship or boat?

Yes, we're backpacker(s)
From our boat, Gili is in front of our eyes.

Again, we have to passing the ocean.. But this time only takes 30-40 minute. Luckily, the wave was friendly at that time.
When we stepped on my feet to the sand of Gili, my first impression was : "OMG! AM I DREAMING? OMG I'M IN GILI! OMG, THIS IS REAL RIGHT?" Yeah, alay expression. 
Then with our very confident way, we walking straightly into gang to find home stay or bungalow. 
Some of the home stay are full, but again, lucky us, we found the home stay, guess what, the price is only Rp. 150.000/room/night ( yeah, without breakfast and air conditioner ) But worth to lived in.
I thought we could got the cheaper rate, but due to we're too tired and and also excited to looking around, we directly agreed with that rate.
The name of the home stay is LE-FUNK, well, I will share the pic for you. And some more tips, for you which want to backpacking, don't worry about the home stay, because there are a lot of home stay, yes the price is around Rp. 100.000-150.000 ( with fan ) or Rp. 250.000-350.000 ( with AC ). There also available villa/hotel/resort in front of the beach, but I don't know how much it cost, so sorry.
In Gili Trawangan, there's no any kind of motor transportation. Only available bicycle and cidomo ( horse-drawn carriage ). I prefer to rent a bicycle because we can used it all day long. The price for rent a bicycle is Rp. 30.000/day. Most of rental bicycle will offers you price Rp. 50.000, but you could bargain for sure. But it is impossible for less than Rp. 30.000. 

Those are cidomo, people, me and my bicycle.

Right on my back is rumah lumbung, the signature of Lombok.
That's one of the resort in front of the beach.

This is almost the edge of Gili Trawangan.

Look those pretty blue sky and ocean..


The door of the bathroom

The corner is our room for those day.

The key of our home stay.

So after we found the home stay, and rented a bike, we directly surrounding Gili Trawangan. After get tired, we decided to go to swimming in the edge of Gili Trawangan, because the place is more quite.
No more words, let the the pic tells you more.

I can see my hand!!! it tells how clear that sea.

Self Timer.

Hey union jack, you arrived safely in Gili.

The bule(s)

*major love*

my face tanned already.

I haven't any bikini nor swim suit, therefore I swim with hotpants *silly*

my paradise!

After sun burning there, we decide to go around to having lunch. FYI, there are a lot of restaurant/cafe/bar *or whatever those name* with sea side view with quite expensive for me.
Can you imagine price of slice sandwich is Rp. 45.000 goes to?! Sorry to say, I'm an Indonesian which eat a plate of rice and sandwich are not enough for my tummy. And Rp. 45.000 means 3 days of my lunch ration. Ok then, call me stingy. No, my defense is I'm a backpacker :p
Until finally we found rumah makan padang *Thanks GOD, there still available cheaper price for lunch*
Even the cheaper is Rp. 22.000 with not to good taste *wtf *alright, stop complaining girl! It already happened. After we ate, we went to swim again. Well actually we want to rent snorkeling kit but, again, because we're backpacker, we don't have much money for rent snorkeling kit. If you want to know the price for rent snorkeling kit, it is around Rp. 30.000 ( mask and fin ) *maybe a day* Or pay Rp. 80.000-100.000 for snorkeling kit and you will be delivered to 2 Gili's ( Meno and Air ) by boat.
Well, this post will be full by explosive photos, please be advised with me :p

Sun burning + drying our half wet body.

Capturing the bule(s) again

my tanned skins

After got our skin super tanning, we went to home stay. Take a bath, doing some lazy things. Then, went out again *dancing*
That time we went to catch up the sunset still by our bike *dancing, again*
But before we arrive at the sunset point, we transit to buy ice cream. I love those ice cream because there's a lot of flavor. There's so many ice cream corner there, and the SPG was so tempting us with her yell, "es krim nya mbak, sepuluh ribu aja.." .. *please go to google translate then :p
Sunset at Gili Trawangan, I was dream for perfect sunset, but unfortunately we didn't get it.
Too bad, the sunset covered by the cloud. After the sun goes down, we're looking for dinner.
We choose Trattoria cucina italiana for our dinner. Yes, for some of you the price still reasonable, but still for me was quite expensive.

the ice creamssss 

Eat ice cream with this view, any better than this?

The sunset point

silly us

my favorite wings ring from Frezia Fs and my bavette carbonara

from my instax mini..

And that night was over there. After having our dinner, we went to the home stay and slept.
In the early morning, I wake up because of my sister calling me and ask me to off to Lombok that early morning to avoid big wave. *WTF
I even still need more day! I still want to stay in Gili! I still not satisfied. Aaa, I want back to Gili right now! But we can't due to I still have the responsibilities of my job, we ended our sweetest escape in Gili Trawangan :(
With our reckless we went to Lombok by Senggigi route. As my family said, from Bangsal, you just go straight and followed the route until you find the traffic light turn left.
Want to know the beautiful of Senggigi beach? Here they are..

This is our return route to go to Lombok

Yes, beach along the way~

Arrived in Mataram, me, clara and my cousin went to some place called "Suranadi" to eat sate belayak.
Don't ask me made from what those satay, all I know about those satay was SUPER DELICIOUS.
And those are my favorite satay, ever.
Ok, this is will be my last bla bla bla, and spaming the picture.

Sate Belayak. For sure, the satay is cow.

My family.

My cousin house

Last photo is in ferry, on the sea to go back to Padang Bay.

Well that's my greatest vacation ever. Gili Trawangan giving me all sweetest memories. And my promise is, I'll be back there, with my husband-to-be :D
And one more thing, if you guys interested to go to Gili, and need some advice or price, please don't be hesitate to contact me :)

Wishing you have a nice weekend fellas!



  1. keep posting yaaaa...... have nice weekend... kpn ke lombokkk.. hahahahahah

  2. Eh, ada tamu jauh.. thank you ya udah mampir.. you too!
    Iya bln oktober kmrn ke Lombok :)