Been to Gili T for a long Christmas weekend with my family and the family of my wife. It is amazing overthere and it really feels like paradise, the rest of my famiy is still on the island and stayes a few days longer. But I had to go back, because of my internship on Bali. We had booked rooms in front at Big Bubble diving school, which is recommended, but there are many great locations and for the same money you can also get a lovely wooden house which you see a lot on the island. Especially if you come in the low season I think you can make a good bargain. The boat trip from Bali with Gili Cat was a bit bumby, which one part of the family loved and the other did not like that much. We made a reservation fort the boat and paid Rp 1mln pp and looking back I think you can make a much better deal by bargaining via e-mails, because there are many fast boats going from Bali to the Gili's.
The only negative part of the trip was the Mojito in Sama Sama Reggea Bar. They say they have the best in town, well it's the worst in the world. I don't know what they put in it, but it was black and had some taste of cola. After complaining to the waiter, we complained to the bartender and again to another bartender. They reacted all very aggressive and said that they had the best Mojito in town, we just came from another restaurant and they had lovely Mojito's. In the end we thrown one of the Mojito's in an ashtray and explained that this was the taste of their Mojito. They could not enjoy that joke.
What you really should do is go with a glass bottom boat to all the snorkling spotts around the three islands. Because we were with 9 people we were able to have a private boat and it was a great experience. We paid Rp 125000 pp and that for a trip from 10-15. Further there are also great snorkling spots in front of the beach and you can rent snorkling gear for only Rp 20000 for half a day.
If you plan a trip to the Gili's plan some extra days, because you will love it!!
and by the way, no motorized traffic on the Gili's :-)
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