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Gili Islands... Islams' Party Central    

By Ken Silver About Asia
3549 Views | 2 Comments | 1/29/2012 3:30:59 PM

Photo is a souvenir purchased by the author - artist unknown.

Hey, I’m down with Islam… great architecture, great poetry, great teachings, and breathtakingly beautiful women. What more can you ask of a world religion? Ever since I hitchhiked through North Africa I’ve been enamored of this truly great global religion. And in Southeast Asia I’ve been the grateful recipient of dependable Islamic warmth and hospitality. Not to mention their restaurants are sparkling clean.

You doubt me? Just Google “Hafiz Sufi Poetry” and be prepared to be blown away…

Plus, since I have a lousy singing voice but a heavy sexual drive it will actually work out better for me to go to the Islamic heaven rather that the Christian one. I can understand why the Angel Lucifer “Went Rouge”, as we say in the Agency. All singing and no swinging makes one a rover, Jehovah…

Which leads us to…?

The three Gili Islands are located in between the famous Indonesian island of Bali and the very big but not well known Indonesian island of Lombok.

Let me cut to the chase by explaining that the unofficial motto of the Gilis is “I’m ugly but mushrooms make me beautiful.”

Probably the comfortable foam futons on the beach, the endless alcohol, the crystalline snorkeling diving waters, the hard partying nights, and the absence of police on the islands all help contribute to the weary travelers’ sense of well being. Oh yeah, no mechanized land transport either. No motorbikes, no cars. The fastest means of transport other than bicycle is donkey cart.

If you want to travel by donkey cart, be sure to ask for the one drawn by “Speedy the D”.

When snorkeling (and watching sea turtles) be sure to pick your head out of the water to gaze on Mt Rinjani, a fairly active volcano, all 12,224 feet of it, over on the very near shore of Lombok. It’s this ability to shift ones gaze from tropical fish and reefs to impressive, hard trekking mountains in one glance that makes all of Indonesia a unique experience.

Mind you, the Gilis aren’t that cheap. A decent hotel can cost you $25 USA on the main island of Gili Trawangan. Restaurants will cost you 4 or 5 dollars a meal, but all come with water views and lingering all day rights. The town is situated on both sides of the walking/donkey cart main road. This donkey road goes around the entire island.

You get to the Gilis via a nice boat ride, volcano scenery and all, from a seaport on Bali. The speedboat is quicker, but the slower boat gives one the space to sunbath on deck. Or, you could get there from Lombok, then go on to Bali.

There are 3 Gilis; Trawangan is the inhabited one. The daily snorkeling boat will give you some time to visit and cruise past Gilis Meno and Air.

So the Gilis are good for days of partying, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and diving and maybe just plain resting.

Those mushrooms? Tried I rushmoons not! Jar Jar Binks, mebbe so tried rushmoons, but me so never!! However, it is a peculiarity of Bali and Lombok that though weed is legal death; there are wildly decorated public mushroom shops all over the islands. Do it not! Not it do, Scooby Do!

The whispered knowledge handed down from times immortal that such mushrooms are alive with a truly separate intelligence that one meets (while they are making you beautiful) is quite true. Beware! This separate intelligence (depicted as the friendly goblins in the paintings of the mushroom shops) loves to stick its knowing little psychedelic hands up the skirt of your mind and touch all the wrong spots in just the right way. As in, I know it’s so bad, but it feels so good!

Gee. Maybe even the highest wisdom is a sexual turn on for me? That’s bad… but it feels so good!


The Gilis! A bit expensive, quite hedonistic and the loudest mechanical sounds are scuba tank air compressors, party music, and the turning of donkey cart wheels.

Ya gotta party there at least once!

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#2012-01-30 10:56:18 by Lexicroft @Lexicroft

That mushroom is probably magic mushroom I think , it was popular in Bali decade ago , now it's illegal , but I heard that some people still sell it.

Islam in Indonesia... Search Wikipedia for Islamic Defenders Front. It's the truth... but remember, most Indonesian people is also hate them, but they have power in politics, so nothing can stand in their way.

"and the absence of police on the islands" It's not only the police , the sentence should be fixed like this : "and the absence of government on the country" , please type "Corruption in Indonesia" in Wikipedia. I'm not betray my country , it is my country betray us. Honestly , I happy living in Indonesia , the government not supervise on us, it's so free to do anything , they just too "busy". If only they could fix the infrastructure , it's heaven on earth.

#2012-02-04 13:51:56 by Indonesian79 @Indonesian79

Indonesia is one of the richest country in the world in terms of natural resources, but most people here are swayed by it and got lazy (being in tropical and stable weather also not helping.) Somehow a lot of people believe they can success without personal development.. the feeling of entitlement..

Doing business in Indonesia is much easier compared to many other countries, the Chinese here (which is probably around 2-3% of total population) controls around 70-80% of economy. Where there are chaos, there are opportunities right?

Indonesia claim itself to be a religious country yet the nightlife here is probably the best in the world.

I love Indonesia, it's much easier to make money, it's much cheaper to enjoy great livestyle, and the potential opportunity is one of the biggest in the world :)

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