Jump off the boat – shoes full of sand

That title is taken from the lyrics to ‘Ticket to Paradise’ by Yaniq.

And, while we were on the paradise island of Gili Trawangan, he played that song at Coral Beach bar, but I’m getting ahead of myself…

Typical sandy beach view

Typical sandy beach view

We jumped off the boat, shoes full of sand, and walked away from the busy ‘party’ area of the island towards the quieter north where we checked in to Coral Beach Bungalows.

Our rustic beach home for 4 fabulous days

Our rustic beach home for 4 fabulous days

Our rustic budget accommodation had fabulous views at breakfast time…

Breakfast time view

Breakfast time view

There was great acoustic music at sunset…

Yaniq playing as the sun went down

Yaniq playing as the sun went down

And Yaniq also played with his friend’s reggae band, S2B, at Coral Beach bar too…

Yaniq ready to sing 'Ticket to Paradise'

Yaniq ready to sing ‘Ticket to Paradise’

He was just about to sing ‘Ticket to Paradise’…

Paradise – wakes up in the east
Paradise – sunshine never cease
Paradise – goes beyond the west
Paradise – better than the best, I’m telling you…. yeah yeah!

And that was followed by a bonfire on the beach

Bonfire on the beach

Bonfire on the beach

with a firedancer

Firedancer on the beach

Firedancer on the beach

Next day we took a shortcut through the middle of the island.

The best way to travel around in the Gili islands

Bicycling -the best way to travel around in the Gili islands

We had just bought fish and spices from the market and were taking them to a beach bar to be grilled.

We were guided through the maze of small pathways by Karman from the reggae band.  Spot the cool length of those rasta dreadlocks hanging down lower than the guitar on his back.

Wait for me...

Wait for me…

Go straight past the local goat hangout.

Past the local goat hangout

Cycling past the local goat hangout

and arrive at the reggae guys hangout…

Cool bar eh!

Cool bar eh!

Yaniq got to work peeling onions and chopping chilis while one of the guys was painting a new sign for the bar, ‘The Mengong’.

Two rather unusual jobs to be done in such close proximity to each other (my job? – well photographer of course hahaha).

Peeling an onion and painting a sign

Peeling an onion and painting a sign on the bale (gazebo)

This is the view looking out from the bar…  you can just make out the hint of blue sea through the gap in the trees and the hanging water bottles… (hanging water bottles!?!)

The travelling painter will be sleeping in that beach hammock

The travelling artist will be sleeping in that beach hammock

They had decorated the bar (which is base camp for the reggae band) so artistically with driftwood and bits and pieces found laying about…

Arty bar

Arty bar

Then it was sunset and time to cook the fish.

How?  BBQ, naturally… pre-burn some wood and put it between a few large pieces of coral on the sand.  Put the fish into one of those wire mesh grilling contraptions and wait for it to cook while you watch the beach bonfire with its sunset backdrop.

Smokin fish

Smokin fish

There is plenty more to tell about our adventures on the small island of Gili T, but I will leave that for the next post, see you then.  Meanwhile, click here for the first part of our journey to Gili Trawangan.

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6 Comments

  1. Great photos! Can’t wait to see more.

    Reply
  2. shanemac

     /  26/03/2013

    Just the perfect way to enjoy a tropical island. Sounds great, Julie.

    Reply
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