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This is a popular method to get around the island and<br />

since our accommodation was at the opposite end of<br />

the island to the port, was efficient in getting us and<br />

our bags to where we needed to be.<br />

We arrived at our villa for the next four days, Akasia<br />

Villas, and were impressed with the two bedroom<br />

villa we had booked. We had our own plunge pool<br />

and two spacious bedrooms with outside bathrooms.<br />

The accommodation was a bit of a trek to find as it<br />

is hidden away in the centre of the island but was a<br />

lovely base as it was quiet and walkable to some great<br />

little spots for food.<br />

We settled ourselves in and chose to go for a walk as<br />

evening set in. Gili Air is very easy to walk around<br />

and although some of the little streets may be hard to<br />

navigate you’ll always come out by a beach at some<br />

point!<br />

That evening we<br />


headed towards the<br />

north of the island<br />

where there are<br />

several restaurants<br />

to choose from<br />

as well as a large<br />

beach. We took<br />

advantage of the<br />

cheap cocktails<br />

as the sun set and<br />

enjoyed the local<br />

food which I found<br />

full of flavour and<br />

well catered towards<br />

vegetarians. There<br />

is little nightlife on<br />

Gili Air so after our<br />

meal we headed back to our villa to<br />

play cards and have an early night<br />

reading.<br />

A highlight of any trip to the Gili<br />

Islands is a snorkelling trip. The<br />

region is known for turtles, as well<br />

as underwater sculptures off Gili<br />

Meno. We hopped on a half day<br />

snorkelling tour and went to several<br />

popular snorkelling spots in the<br />

Gilis. We were lucky enough to see a<br />

number of turtles but were advised<br />

not to follow them into the deep<br />

waters. They did get close, however,<br />

and it was so special to swim with<br />

these amazing animals. The coral<br />

around the islands is now fairly<br />

bleached but there is still some lovely<br />

coral to explore with a wide variety of colourful fish.<br />

Seeing the underwater sculptures wasn’t on our<br />

original itinerary but after I asked our guide, he was<br />

kind enough to make a detour towards the left side<br />

of Gili Meno and to the popular photo spot.These<br />

underwater statues were created and commissioned<br />

by BASK, the eco-resort where the statues sit in front<br />

of. They were made from the casts of real people and<br />

are a haunting reminder of our impact on the world.<br />

Their overall goal is to raise awareness of the death of<br />

our world’s coral reefs with the hope that in the future<br />

these statues will become a man-made reef.<br />

The site was quite busy with tourists, but I was able<br />

to take a few photos of the statues with no people<br />

in - quite a feat! Our guides also tempted fish with<br />

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