12 April 2018 – Travel Day – Ubud to Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Today was a very early morning, as we had to be up at 0500 hrs. The van was picking us up at 0615 hrs to get us to the port to catch the high-speed boat over to Gili Trawangan which departs at 0800 hrs. I was stressed as the van showed up late. Thank goodness it did show up and did get us to the port in time. No time to spare though.

This was a nice boat we had booked. With lots of BIG motors!

Nice interior with comfy seats. Wonder what the bargin shoppers got?

We departed shortly after 0800 hrs and I decided I would go up top to take some pictures and relax a little. I had to sit down as this boat was flying! It was really hard to even get a picture that was in focus, let along a selfie.

We stopped at some island and some people disembarked.

Next stop was ours, Gili Trawangan, or as many call it, Gili T. I think that there are three Gili islands and we were originally going to go to two, but cut Gili Air out. We arrived at 1020 hrs and disembarked. Called on maps.me once again to find our hotel for us. We were staying in the hotel that Paden and Christine had stayed in back in 2017. We weren’t too sure about this maps.me again as we seemed to be heading into a not so great area.

White Bamboo Resort

It looked pretty new and was quite nice. After chatting with Paden, it turns out we have the exact same room that they had. Top of the stairs and turn left. First room. They had a nice breakfast and relaxing area, but their pool really needed a cleaning. Dead stuff floating.

After checking in and dropping our bags off, we headed back into town and the beach area. It was hotter than hot here. It was scorching hot here! It is small island and they say that it would take approximately 2 hours to walk around the whole island. I will take their word for it, as I am not about to do that.

Since we had been up so early we were getting hungry and decided to search out some food. We stopped in at the Blue Marlin and ordered a couple of Bintangs and shared orders of mozzarella sticks and french fries, or as they call them ‘homemade potato chips’. No food photos. We must have been hungry and tired.

IDR Rp 180,000 = Cdn $15.50

We walked a little more and then headed back to the hotel for a 2 1/2 hr nap.

After our nap, we headed back to ‘the strip’ and looked for the Blue Water Express boat company kiosk. We would have to check in here the day before our return trip to confirm it, so thought we would find where it was now. No luck in finding it. We did find a restaurant with a nice view to have our dinner at though, Tir Na Nog Bar & Restaurant.

Doug ordered Mahi Mahi and I had the Chicken Parmigiana. Of course along with a beverage or two. It was Happy Hour, so my Cosmopolitan was 2 for 1. They brought both at the same time.

IDR Rp 485,864 = Cdn $ 42.00

By now it was 1930 hrs and dark, so we decided to head back to our room.

Had read terrible stories about these horses and how they are treated and under fed. So sad.

Wasn’t too sure about walking those back streets in the dark. We made it back!

2 thoughts on “12 April 2018 – Travel Day – Ubud to Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

    1. It was a great trip. Trip of a life time. I think we are ready to go back especially after the last year or so. I’m in Ontario, Canada and we are once again (3rd time) in lockdown due to COVID-19


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