The following day we left Lombok to go to Gili Air to see what that was like for a bit. We got dropped off at a restaurant to wait for our transport and randomly bumped into a couple we met in Sri Lanka – Linda and Rod! Turns out they had been in Indonesia for a few weeks and knew our friend Carlos from Gili T. No matter how far you travel, it really is a small world! We travelled with them to Gili Air on a boat that was very over crowded with people and crates of food and drink. Natalie inparticular didn’t feel very safe. Thank goodness it was only a short crossing. We decided to follow Linda and Rod to their hostel as we hadn’t booked any accommodation yet, but after walking around and asking in several places, we decided to stay in Gili Guest House which was an amazing bamboo and wicker bungalow with a private, outside bathroom and four poster bed for just 250,000 rupiah a night (about £12) including breakfast.
Unfortunately we could only book two nights there as they were fully booked after that. Once we’d settled in we met with Linda and Rod for lunch, and then went to the beach. Sad to say, the beach isn’t as nice on Gili Air as it is on Gili T, which is surprising as Gili T is known as a party island and Gili Air is known to be a more romantic and relaxing island. We had to walk quite far to find an area with enough sand to lie down on. Later we bumped into Rod and Linda again who were walking round the whole island so we decided to join. It’s quite a small island so it only took about an hour. That night we went out for dinner with them and caught up some more on what we’d been up to since Sri Lanka.
On Monday we were very lazy and chilled out on the beach all day, playing eye spy (as you do) taking pictures and attempting to snorkel in the very shallow, very boring water – there wasn’t much sea life to see.
In the evening we took part in an Indonesian cooking class with Gili Cooking School. We made satay sauce and fried tempeh for starter, fried vegetable noodles and yellow chicken curry for main and coconut balls for dessert. We made all the sauces from scratch, blending all the ingredients together and taking it in turns to cut up the vegetables and cook. It was delicious (if we do say so ourselves!) and the yellow chicken curry was the best we have ever tasted. EVER. Just shows we actually can cook when we have someone telling us what to do. The cooking class was quite expensive but you get to eat all of the meals and it’s great but so we think it’s worth it. Gili Cooking School also have a location on Gili T as well.
Our last full day on Gili Air was pretty much the same as the day before – beach, eat, repeat. We did have a really nice green tea and cake at Coffee and Thyme, as well as having a little look around the many boutique shops there.