Thursday, 27 September 2012

Gili Air

Hi everyone,
Yesterday we had a quick 5nm dash from Medana Bay marina to Gili Air.  Since there was no breeze we motored, which allowed us to charge the batteries too.  Gili Air is one of three Gili islands off the NW coast of Lombok, all of which are popular tourist destinations.  We thought we'd take a look - in company with Kakadu - since many of the Sail Indonesia yachties have enjoyed stays here.

Zen Again Track
Zen Again track in GoogleEarth
We are moored at 08 21.903S 116 04.908E in 15m over sand.

We picked up a mooring in the bay on the south side of Gili Air.  We're always a bit sceptical about moorings, so chose to stay aboard for most of the day to build a little confidence in the mooring.  The wind came up to about 20 knots by late morning, and stayed until late afternoon.  The mooring seemed OK so we decided to go ashore.

View from the anchorage
View from the beach
Watch out for those plongers! 
Nice Spot
Interesting boats
We had a great dinner ashore with Graham and Anne from Kakadu, eating at the Scallywag restaurant.  The food was excellent although the alcohol was more expensive than we've become accustomed to!  A great 3-course meal for four for A$20 each, including beer and a glass of wine each.

Today we had planned a morning walk and coffee ashore, but it turned into a bit of a cafe/bar-crawl.  We walked around the island first, stopping off at a nice cafe on the north side of the island.  Interesting to note that the Bintang is 1/2 the price on the north side.  After completing the walk around the island we had more refreshments at a cafe, lunch at another, and before we knew it we were enjoying cocktails at happy hour at 1600 at yet another cafe.

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