Gili Cat + Gili Islands + Trawangan + Meno + Air

This morning I took the Gili Cat (local high-speed boat) from the southern coast of Bali to the Gili Islands, which is a bit of a redundant misnomer considering that Gili translates as, Small islands.

I've arrived on the largest of the three islands, Gili Trawangan, and am waiting for the afternoon public boat to Gili Meno, the smallest of the three islands, which is so close it would be easily reachable with a fresh night's sleep and a pair of flippers.

The third island is called Gili Air.

Unlike Bali, these islands are Muslim and not Hindu, so bikinis are strongly discouraged in the village, although, strangely, hallucinogenic mushrooms are widely available at local restaurants and bungalows, prominently advertised and de facto legal. Gili is a beautiful place, but the priorities seem a bit out of whack: In what world are hallucinogens safer than bikinis?

Gili Trawangan is the most popular of the three islands, but without having visited the other two islands, I suspect it's my least favorite of the three: too many terrible dance remixes polluting the air, and some of the horse-drawn carts that serve as taxis are a bit out of control, as though they own the walkways, but it is pretty cool that there are no motor vehicles on the island.

The Gili Cat boat ride was surprisingly pretty rough. Nobody got sick, but one girl appeared to be on the brink for the entire 90 minutes. It was a wild ride, with large waves pounding the fast boat. This morning's and last night's rain might have had something to do with that.