Lombok to Gili Air
Wed 7 Sep 2016 09:40
We ended up spending 4 nights at Gili Air, although the anchorage was rolly with high speed tripper boats speeding in and disgorging hundreds of tourists every day the island had a charm to it. We walked the 5kms around the island and discovered loads of little quirky bars, restaurants and small resorts, sunset saw everybody lounging on bean bags or swinging in hammocks drinking sundowners and watching the sun slip into the sea. We met up with a Brit couple who had left UK the same time as Syd, they also shared a mutual friend so we spent a couple of really good evenings talking, downing Bintangs and sampling the food in a few of the many restaurants. Ruby’s Cafe served the best pumpkin curry I have ever tasted.
As always something had to burst the euphoric bubble and once again it was the generator which decided on day 4 to stop working – again!!!! With no freezer running we had no option but to beg a berth at Bali Marina in Benoa on the South of Bali and hotfoot(sail) over there. The wind was blowing so sails went up and we had a lovely fast sail over to the island of Lembongan about 15 miles away from Bali.
The journey took us through the Lombok Strait which marks the biogeographical division between the Australian continental shelf and the Asian continental shelf, more famously known as the “Wallace Line” after Alfred Russel Wallace who discovered that the plants and animals on the west side of the Strait i.e. Bali had Asian origins whilst the East side i.e. Lombok are more closely related to Australian species.