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Tuesday, July 31, 2012


WATER is a scares resources on the islands and fresh water is shipped from the mainland daily.  A business on Gili Trawangan now supplies desalinated water and fresh water showers are becoming common.  However, smaller hotels and home-stays may only salt water showers.  Use bottled water to rinse off.

The tap water on all the islands is not suitable for drinking but bottled water is cheap and ready available.

INTERNET is available on the Gilis at internet cafes and most lager hotels and restaurants.  Connections can be intermittent and speed are generally slow.

ATM Machines are available on Gili Trawangan and Gili Air.  Credit cards are accepted at most dive shops and lager hotel and restaurants.  Money changers are available on all the islands, although the rate is lower than on Lombok.

Health Services on the islands are limited.  There is a 24 hour clinic at Hotel Villa Ombak on Gili Trawangan, and small local clinics on Gili Meno and Gili Air.  Dive shop staff has emergency first aid training and basic medical supplies but for anything serious, get to the mainland as fast as possible.

WEATHER is generally hotter on the islands than mainland Lombok.  Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and use sun protection, even on cloudy days.

DRESS is casual on the islands and it is normal to see tourist walking around in swimsuits, sarongs and shorts.  Remember that the islands residents are Muslim and nude or topless sunbathing is frowned upon.  Please respect the island sensibilities and keep clothes on.

There is no motorized Transport on any of the islands.  Walk, ride a bicycle or ride in Cidomo (horse cart). None of the islands is very large, so walking is an easy option.  Bicycles can be hired for between ID 25K and IDR 50K per day, depending on the type and condition of the bike.  Some hotels provides bikes free of charge for guests.

Cidomo are now fixed by law and fares are displayed in the front of the cart.  Generally, short distances will cost around IDR 40K, a round trip the island tour costs IDR 125K on the Gili Trawangan

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