Indonesia With Our Boys Part Two – Gili Air
Christmas on Gili Air! After a week in Bali it was a treat to get back to the boat and head out to the small island paradise of Gili Air. The kids had been out that night and when they arrived back to the boat about 2300 we left the marina and began the eight hour sail. There was no wind so we actually motor-sailed throughout the rest of the night. I was on watch when the sun came up. It was a beautiful sight. The super-calm conditions and sleeping kids scattered all over the boat. Priceless.
When we arrived at Gili Air we went ashore for breakfast and then the kids went off to find accommodation. Dwayne and I grabbed a sun lounge out the front of Chill Out and when Jacqui arrived around midday she joined us there for a cocktail and we discussed the video she wanted to do.
The next morning, with what I had on the boat and what I could find ashore, I decided to cook sate Ikan ( marlin sate) and ikan bakar (grilled fish) with a fresh sambal.
Jacqui came out to the boat around midday and filmed us cooking. It was a long day but a lot of fun. The kids came aboard for a feast after swimming all day… and my sates were a hit. I will be putting more about this on my Cruising n’ Cooking blog and will include the link to YouTube video when it is done. So stay tuned for that.
Click here for my Sate Ikan recipe.
The majority of our time on Gili Air was relaxing. Snorkelling, swimming, walks around the island and using our new stand-up paddle boards. The paddle boards were our Christmas present to each other and something we have wanted for a while now. They are awesome!
On Christmas Eve Alex, Kye and Kailey moved to Oceans 5 resort. We spent the afternoon in the pool having a few drinks and playing a hilarious game of ‘Marco Polo’.
We had Christmas breakfast at Scallywags. Nice buffet with real bacon for $8. We opened our pressies and took the requisite family group photo before heading back to the beach to relax.
Christmas morning was spent at the beach once again relaxing, paddling and snorkelling before we had a traditional roast Christmas lunch at The Beach Club. Roast turkey, lamb and beef with all the trimmings!
On Boxing Day, 26th Dec, we motored around to Gili Trawangan. We all went our own way on shore to find lunch and things to do. Dwayne and I found a great little Warung. Dwayne saw them cooking Ayam Taliwang over the coals and just had to have it!
Gili Trawangan is busier than Gili Air with lots more to do, see and buy. I myself preferred Gili Air because it is still reasonably quiet and easy to get around. On Gili Trawangan we were once again dodging traffic (bicycles and horse carts) and people. After a short look around Dwayne and I spent the afternoon on the beach paddling and snorkelling. Not much to see snorkelling, however we enjoyed the cocktails.
Kye went surfing and put a hole is his new surfboard; Jedd was bartering for an antique mask, and Alex, Marie and Kailey joined Dwayne for a cocktail before we were all back on board at 1830 for a BBQ dinner of lamb and pork chops, snags and potato salad. We then slept until 0130 before sailing back to Bali. It took nearly 11 hours because of the very strong currents, and we arrived at Benoa Harbour around midday. We packed up our gear and headed into Kuta to the hotel we had booked… ready for round two of Bali…
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