Marc & Lisy's little adventure travel blog

The mountain jungles of Lombok are amazing- really dense and exotic!

There were little monkeys like this everywhere. They are like curious little...

A perfect little place to watch the sunset and relax.

Skipping rocks, one way to pass the time between scuba dives.

Lisy going for a stroll. The mountains in the distance are on...

We love the romantic sunsets!

We've never seen one like this. The sun is setting behind the...

The local transport. Lisy and our new friend Sarra.

The boatride coming home from the island- we shared the trip with...

The entire island of Gili Air, the smallest inhabited island we've ever...

A little local boy. These kids are as comfortable in the water...

They take stuff seriously here- have you ever seen a Death Penalty...


For our next adventure, we hopped on a short flight from Bali, and headed east to the island of Lombok. From the airport we traveled through the mountains for 45 minutes by car, and then boarded a small boat to get to the tiny island of Gili Air. This island was like Gilligan's Island. It was so small that you could easily walk it's entire perimiter in just a couple hours, there were no paved roads, cars, or even fresh water! The shower and sinks at our hotel had salt water coming out of them- it doesn't taste so great with toothpaste! We either walked everywhere or took the local transport, a small cart pulled by a little horse.

The island is surrounded by coral reefs and we spent much of our time underwater scuba diving. On our first dive trip, the dive master said that we were "heading to an offshore reef to find sharks". Lisy's eyes opened wide! But the dive was great. We saw 4 white-tip reef sharks (some almost as big as Lisy) and 1 black tip shark, among other neat fish and turtles. On other dives we saw some spectacular marine life- huge parrot fish that must have weighed 75 lbs, tons of turtles, clown fish, tangs, and so many others that we can't list them all. Indonesia has an amazing variety of sea life, some of it only exists here.

Gili Air was the most unique experience that we have had yet. The people here are Muslim and they are very friendly too. In fact, we were invited to a party for locals, they were having the party because it is one of their last chances to party before the holy month of Ramadan begins. Just goes to show that people are people no matter where you are!

One thing we must mention though is that even way out here on a tiny island, we could see the effects that man is having on nature. The majority of the coral reefs here are dead- caused by global warming, especially the 1998 El Nino. Many other reefs in the area have been damaged by the recently banned practice of "dynamite fishing", which has left the sea floor looking like a pile of rubble. We were saddened by the irreversible damage that has been done to these isolated reefs. Still beautiful, but just a shadow of what it once was.



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