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Go. Breathe. Dream. Away from the hustle and bustle of the world ... Head to Gili Asahan, a small peaceful Indonesian island, in the southwest of Lombok.
July 4, 2015. I finally set foot on the island which I memorized the name as a mantra, for weeks: Gili Asahan. It is located in Sekotong Bay, southwest of Lombok, the neighboring island of Bali.
In Lombok, we talk sasak and the word "gili" (to pronounce "guili") means "island". The best-known foreign visitors - and the most frequented - are those in the north-west: Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. I've been there before, about ten years ago, when they were still relatively uncrowded (at least not like today). But this time, they will not be part of my itinerary.
I need islands, but in quiet mode. I want to be a little away from the tourist flow to start this new Indonesian journey ...
Traveling lightly (unbeknownst to you)
When I set foot on the small golden sand beach of Gili Asahan, it's still time for "Selamat siang" in Indonesia - the "hello" of the middle of the day, which stretches from 11h to 15h.
For all luggage, I only have my "cabin" bag and a plastic bag containing two-three colorful clothes and a beach sarong, bought quickly for a few rupees in the middle of the night, in Bali, near from the airport, in a huge tourist horror shop: the Krisna, open 24 hours a day. It will be my change of vacation for a day or two. My big bag with wheels stayed in Dubai. He missed the match!
I am not so upset as that. Rather amused by this unprecedented situation, because it is the very first time of my life as a traveler (since about twenty years) that I do not recover my baggage of check on the arrival ... And it is the first time since long since I travel so light!
It was therefore without the need to check baggage that I took a domestic flight, early in the morning for Lombok, on Lion Air (the famous Indonesian company with prayer book I already mentioned here). Sublime view on the Agung volcano which dominates Bali. A big half-hour flight.
It will take about two hours to reach Sekotong, southwest of Lombok. Then fifteen minutes by boat to Gili Asahan.
Gili Asahan is part of an archipelago of beautiful and little-known islands in Sekotong Bay: Gili Layar, Gili Gede, Gili Rengit, Gili Nanggu ... There are a few tourist accommodations, fishing villages at the foot of the hills , herds of cows and goats on a spree, nice coral bottom and, above all, a very peaceful atmosphere, which enchants me on arrival.
So I'll wait, to dive, my bag arrives (the day after tomorrow). All my equipment is in it ... At the moment, I do not care. I am so happy to be here, on this small Indonesian island, far from everything!
Time suspends its flight. My first sunset is sumptuous. I discover, at night, billions of stars. And I fall asleep smugly, not the least bit disturbed by the giggles of geckos.