05.08.2010 - 05.08.2010 29 °C
It's taken all day but I am finally here. And it is so much better than Bali!
I began my day with a little bit of kata and some hacky-sack on the beach at Sanur. The beach is much nicer in the morning when there isn't many people around. And some of the locals groom the seaweed off it and rake down the sand so it is reasonably pleasant to walk on. A lot of outrigger boats sailed to one patch of beach and I wondered if they were going to have a competition as part of the Sanur Village Festival.
At 10:15am I was picked up for a transfer to Padang Bai to catch the fast boat to Lombok. I was the only person in the van the whole journey so I wondered if I had made a mistake but there were other tourists at the office so if I had, I wasn't alone. The fast boat was a little late in leaving and I was the last person on it so my seat was the step into the aisle with two people on my left and two on my right. I was ok with that until the water started pouring along the roof and splashed down on top of me. It was only when the bumps were particularly bumpy that it was a problem but I was pretty much soaked at the end of the trip. Most people got off at Gili Trawanagan - a very scenic looking island. Of course, the only people continuing on to Lombok were me and an older Australian couple.
At Teluk Kode there is no wharf and we had to walk along the side of the boat and step off the front on to the sand. There was one taxi which we shared to Senggigi. I was liking this place already. Hardly any traffic, hardly any buildings along the road, until you reach the towns, hardly any tourists - well, there are a few but it's nothing like Bali. My bungalow is fantastic - it has a hammock, semi-outdoor bathroom, a balcony and is a 15 second walk to the beach!