We arrived at the airport in Mataram and went from there to Senggigi where we stayed for one night…. Stretching our legs a little after the long trip to continue along the next day from Banjal to Gili Meno… A tropical paradise… Well it’s a little bit in a state of needed repair or at least our hotel was.

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But if you’re in need of some relaxing time this is the perfect start for a tour around the Sunda Islands. We did a bit of snorkeling (beautiful!) carefully had some sunshine and walked around the small island. Most of the time when you’re on a round trip, you arrive and than immediately start your travel. Beach is usually something you reserve for the end part but I really liked the fact that it was the other way around this time.

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The climate and the other conditions we faced in the other islands (we visited Lombok, Sumba, Sumbawa, Komodo, Flores and Bali) were all so different that it was nice to just relax and get used to the heat a bit. There are three Gili islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. All of them are supposedly really laid back but I have also heard stories where some of the areas on the islands are really for partying. Fine if you’re into that but if you’re looking more for some relaxing time going to Kontiki (where we were) is a good spot.

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I loved the little restaurants where you can get freshly caught fish or just some noodles. And what is better than lounging on a bed looking out over the sea?

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