A clear up from the eruption and to Gili Air

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Wed 4 Nov 2015 12:00

Position           08:22.00 S 116.04.90 E

Date                1200 (UTC+8) Wednesday 4 November 2015

Trip total         2.3m over the ground, 2.5m through the water

Arrived at        Gili Air off NW Lombok, Indonesia


We woke to find the boat smothered in a thick layer of black volcanic dust both outside and in, as due to the heat we had all of the hatches open overnight.  Fortunately we had a fairly full water tank as it took 400 litres to get the filth off the deck.  Having achieved that to a reasonable degree we up and went the 2.5nm across to the island of Gili Air


Looking back at the dust cloud over Teluk Kombal from Gili Air


Safely anchored in 22m, deep but good holding, we made our way ashore.  Elizabeth had been researching Trip Advisor and found a highly recommended Warung, traditional eatery, for lunch which was just as well as there were many from which to choose, Gili Air being very much a tourist island with residents and day visitors coming for the beaches, snorkelling and diving.


Looking ahore from the anchorage at Gili Air


The Bambu Warung – excellent traditional food and very good value


We had a walk around the island, managed to pick up a copy of the Lonely Planet guide for South East Asia in a second hand book shop, recced a good spot for happy hour sun downers and retired to the boat to summon up the energy for a second outing in the evening.  Not having been able to get ashore and eat for some time this is quite a novelty.