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The month of May on the Gili Islands is the very beginning of high season. It is the perfect time to book dive courses, snorkel around the Gilis or take trips to Lombok. The weather is perfect, the seas are clear and blue and divers are reporting excellent conditions and incredible finds along the reefs.

Di bulan Mei ini, Kepulauan Gili pastinya akan mempersiapkan diri untuk mengawali musim liburan. Ini adalah waktu yang tepat untuk menyiapkan aktifitas liburan seperti menyelam/Diving, snorkeling di sekitar Gili atau melakukan perjalanan ke Pulau yang indah, Lombok. Cuacanya yang sempurna, lautnya yang jernih, biru, kondisi yang menakjubkan di dasar lautpun dilaporkan oleh para penyelam yang luar biasa dan temuan menakjubkan di sepanjang trumbu karang disepanjang kepulauan ini, siap untuk dikunjungi.

Visitors to the islands are thoroughly enjoying the variety of cuisines available with many new and interesting businesses opening every week. There is so much for visitors to do, there should never be a dull moment if you are seeking adventure. The islands also cater to people who enjoy getting away from city life and are seeking an idyllic tropical experience. May is also the Holy Month of Ramadan and in this issue, we learn more about the meaning of Ramadan, we explore the architecture of Mosques and we delve into the daily life of a person’s typical day during the month of fasting, worshipping and festivities. The people of the Gilis are looking forward to your visit and expect to be welcomed with warm smiles. See you here!

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Pengunjung yang berdatangan ke pulau-pulau ini juga benar-benar menikmati berbagai masakan yang tersedia, banyak bisnis baru dan menarik yang dibuka setiap minggu. Ada begitu banyak yang harus dilakukan oleh para pengunjung, seharusnya tidaklah pernah ada momen yang membosankan jika Anda mencari petualangan terlebih di kepulauan ini. Pulau-pulau ini juga mengundang mereka yang senang dengan menikmati kedamaian alam dan yang jauh dari kehidupan kota yang ramai dan mencari pengalaman kehidupan tropis yang indah. Bulan Mei juga merupakan Bulan Suci Ramadhan dan dalam edisi ini, kita belajar lebih banyak tentang makna Ramadhan, kita juga menjelajahi arsitektur Masjid dan kita mempelajari kehidupan sehari-hari dari hari-hari biasa seseorang selama bulan puasa ini, mengetahui dan menghormati cara ibadah dan perayaan hari istimewa yang selalu dinanti oleh kaumnya. Orang-orang Gili menantikan kunjungan Anda dan semuanya pun berharap akan disambut dengan senyum hangat. Seperti layaknya keramahan Kepulauan Gili yang ternama. Kami Tunggu Kedatangan Anda Di Pulau ini

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CONTENTS

CONTENTS MAY 2019 ISSUE No. 56

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Fun Pics

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Focus

Destinations

14 - Getting There 18 - Culture & History 20 - Gili Trawangan 22 - Gili Meno 24 - Gili Air 28 - Lombok

30 Activities

30 - Scuba Diving 32 - Snorkelling 33 - Freediving 34 - Other Watersports 36 - Yoga 38 - Spa 40 - Other Land Activities

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Species of the month

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The People of Gili

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Article: Ramadan

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Events Calendar

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Gili Zoom

58 - Banana Leaf Resort 60 - Pituq Foundation 62 - Karma Reef 64 - Slow Spa

76 Gili Foods

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NGO's and Charities

50 RAMADAN

76 Gili Foods 77 Recipe 79 Games 80 Contributors

82 Maps

82 - Gili Trawangan 83 - Gili Meno 84 - Gili Air 85 - Lombok

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MARCH 2019

EARTH HOUR Around the globe, individuals, businesses and cities joined together in solidarity for the planet in the annual Earth Hour event held on 30th March 2019.

MARCH 2019

GILI BEGIBUNG FESTIVAL Gili Trawangan hosted it’s first Gili Begibung Festival in March. Also known as Megibung, in most parts of Lombok, this was the first festival of its kind on the island. Begibung, is a feast for four or more people and traditionally consists of rice and other dishes such as a Nangka (Jack Fruit Curry), Beef Rendang, eggs and many other traditional Indonesian delicacies. The feast is customarily served on a large cylindrical plate and diners use their right hand to consume the food. The festival was organized by locals with the aim of uniting all Gili Islanders. Traditional clothing known as the Kebaya was worn and while eating, the attendees listened to traditional music called Gendang Beleq, which in Bahasa Sasak, translates to “big drum”. Besides the ‘big drum’ there is also a variety of instruments involved in the performance such as a flute, a gong, cymbals and hand kettle gongs. This type of dance and music is also performed at celebrations such as weddings and is referred to as Nyongkolan. A puppet show, called Cupek Gerartang, was a highlight and this included a dance and informative conversation on how to keep the Gilis clean and environmentally friendly, to encourage and improve tourism.

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Aston Sunset Beach Resort on Gili Trawangan hosted the event. During the day, Zero Waste and Beach Debris workshops were held. Attendees made signs out of rubbish collected on the beach and eco brick skittles. Jack Johnson, a Hawaiian born surfer turned songwriter, singer, musician and environmental warrior, who encourages his fans not to use single use plastic, was the inspiration for one of the art pieces. The day’s events were followed by yoga at sunset and live music. Guests were then requested to switch off all electrics and #connect2earth for an hour. Earth Hour is an event designed to inspire urgent action for the planet and nature.


MARCH 2019

TREEVOLUTION Trees and forests are considered to be the ‘lungs’ of our planet. Trees create the oxygen we breathe, purify the air and provide shade for smaller younger trees to thrive. Their leaves provide nourishment to the soil below. We cannot live in harmony with our planet without nurturing our trees. One man has taken up the challenge of planting more than 5000 trees on Gili Trawangan. Suparman, a local resident is the brainchild behind the Treevolution Project. On Thursday afternoons, community members come together to plant trees across Gili Trawangan. The goal is to plant over 5000 trees with the help of around 80 children from the Bumblebee International School and the SDN local school. Suparman has recently been awarded land from the local government to create a community space for gardening, events and potentially an art gallery!

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GET THERE

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GILI TRAWANGAN

GILI MENO

GILI AIR BANGSAL

TELUK NARAK UBUD

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GETTING THERE TRANSPORT TO AND FROM THE GILIS

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Several fast boat companies operate from various ports in Bali and offer a free transfer from your hotel to the boarding point, depending on your location. Ocean crossing times depend on weather conditions (around 1hr to 2hr). For fast boat companies, see directory.

The ferry departs regularly from Padang Bai in Bali, with the first ferry departing at 8am and arrives at the port of Lembar in Lombok. From Lembar take a taxi or shuttle to get to Bangsal port. The ferry crossing takes approximately 5-8hr, and 2hr for the taxi or shuttle from Lembar to Bangsal.

Take a flight to the international airport in Lombok Praya, get to Bangsal port (around 2hr) by taxi and book a boat from the port office to The Gilis.

Air Bali offers this service. You can book your flight online. The heliport is based at Benoa, Bali and will take you to the largest of the three Gili Islands- Gili Trawangan (around 45 min). Your booking includes transportation to the heliport in Benoa.

For online bookings: gilibookings.com baliekajaya.com kudahitamexpress.com

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International Flights: Air Asia - Silk Air Domestic Flights: Garuda Indonesia, Wings Air Lion Air, Batik Air

QUICK&EASY Find boat schedules & weather conditions for the Gili Islands

More information at www.airbali.com


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Perfect for a family or a group of up to six people. This spacious Villa has been well thought-out and caters to every need. Feel at home in quality surrounds, embellished by modern furnishing and thoughtful touches. For a touch of class and luxury, look no further than Family Hideaway Gili Air. A surprising find in an otherwise natural environment. Book your perfect holiday in luxury Villa style for the perfect getaway!


Island Style Living on the Beach

PEL ANG I COT TAG ES

Pelangi Cottages offers the perfect blend of traditional Indonesian elegance and the comforts of Western amenities.

Pelangi is located on the North side of the island on Pelangi Beach. Should you be seeking a quieter, more laid-back atmosphere, this side of the island is for you! Step back in time and enjoy the more serene part of the island, away from the hustle and bustle. Enjoy a variety of restaurants along this sunset side of the island whilst still enjoying the islands’ authenticity. Pelangi offers an on-site booking agency and with ease, bike rentals, snorkeling trips, tours around the islands and Lombok can be arranged. Even transfers to the airport can be planned with minimal fuss. Luxury Villas, with a satellite TV, mini-bar, safety deposit box, and hot water are available. Modern style cottages for the more casual traveler are also on offer and all are just a stone's throw away from the beach and the famous Pelangi Sea Swing! Take romantic selďŹ es with your other half or simply enjoy the warm tropical waters lapping at your feet as you sip a cool Bintang beer. Well-known for their Happy Hour cocktails, scrumptious buffets, delicious fresh seafood dinners, Japanese and Mexican cuisine, Pelangi Restaurant has the best seat in the house, on the beach! Spend time relaxing with family and friends, while enjoying ambient live music as the sun sets on another perfect day in paradise!

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YOU ARE ON THE GILI ISLANDS

CULTURE & HISTORY

The three Gili Islands, composed of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, are located off the northwest coast of Lombok. In Sasak language, "gili" means "small island". There are more than 30 Gilis around Lombok, but Trawangan, Meno and Air are by far the most frequently visited. Because of their proximity to the equator, they have a tropical climate throughout the year with an average air temperature of 28C and water temperatures ranging from 26 to 29C. The rainy season runs from November to April and the dry season from May to October. The Gilis bathe in the Bali Sea at the convergence of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and enjoy a drier micro-climate than the rest of Indonesia due in part to the fact that they are situated between two great volcanoes - Mount Rinjani on Lombok and Mount Agung on Bali.

Like the majority of the Lombok community, the inhabitants of the Gili Islands are primarily Muslim and each island has a mosque(s) emitting sounds of live prayer five times daily. Bahasa Indonesia is the national language spoken which unites all of the country’s islands but Gili locals speak 'Sasak Gili Air' which is slightly different to 'Sasak Lombok'. About 200 years ago, fishermen from Sulawesi of Makassar, Bugis and Mandar ethnicities arrived on the Gili Islands. They began to settle temporarily because of the abundance of fish in the sea and the presence of fresh water on Gili Air and at that time, sectioning off a bit of land with string was enough to claim it.

These otherwise nomadic people began to settle on the Gilis and cultivate the land, planting peanuts, tapioca and corn whilst continuing their tradition of fishing. They sold and exchanged their produce in the markets of Lombok and also traded portions of their land for livestock, rice and other much needed items not native to the islands. Coconut palms are indigenous to the Gilis while mango, banana and papaya trees have been introduced over the years. The first Western traveller to set foot on the Gili Islands came in 1984 to Gili Air. By the mid 1990’s Bali had gained international recognition as a travel destination and the Gilis began to be known as an off-the-beatentrack paradise escape. Today, the Gili Islands are flourishing and are attracting all types of visitors from every corner of the globe. Over time, the people of the Gili Islands have adapted to a multitude of changes and cultural immersions, but have managed to maintain their cultural identity. Historically the people here have seen their days of hardship when during WWII, Lombok and the Gili Islands were occupied by Japanese forces. The islands were used to contain prisoners of war and the locals endured forced labour. A hill situated on the south of Trawangan was used as a lookout post and today remnants of the bunker still remain. Trawangan derived it's name from the Indonesian word "terowongan" meaning "tunnels" of which a network were dug by the occupying forces. The holes have since been filled in.

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THE UNFORGETTABLE ISLAND OF FASHION & FUN

TRAWANGAN When you hear about Gili T you probably also hear the words "party island" yeah? Thought we should just address that straight away! Gili T gained this title because it is the largest of the three northern Gili Islands with the most development, hence it offers the greatest abundance of everything - including nightlife. There are fantastic parties every night of the week that attract large crowds of people from all different walks of life and every corner of the globe. Nightly features start with a sizzling local food market and advance into live music, beach parties and DJ's. There's also the option of watching movies screened at an open air beach "theatre." The rumoured growth of Trawangan from

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a backpacker island into something of a glam island is supported by the unveiling of new upscale boutiques, restaurants, resorts, spas, and now a heli-pad, however, it remains a hub of charm for a wide spectrum of travellers. It's an iconic island of variety with numerous options for every budget/lifestyle for eating, sleeping, entertainment and activities. Luxury Villas abound and less expensive accommodation is available for the budget traveller. Gili T has extraordinarily beautiful beaches and shimmering ocean waters of crystal-clear visibility for diving and snorkelling. This island boasts some of the finest coral gardens and the widest range of dive centers with the best socializing opportunities.

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Although it is predominately known as a party island, Gili T has much more to it and venturing away from the densely developed east coast, you can find a plethora of vacant beaches. Renting a bicycle is a great way to see the island, bearing in mind there are some sandy patches! Seeing how life works here can be eyeopening, its not an escape from reality, just a slightly different one, but understandably surreal none the less! There are several conservation organisations based here including Gili Eco Trust, The Gili Shark Foundation, Cats of Gili and Horses of Gili. For getting involved in beach clean ups visit one of the dive centres on the island, make your vacation meaningful by giving back to the island! As you may know - there is no motorized transport on the Gilis and what a soothing break that can be! Surfing is popular off the south and it's not unwise to speak to locals about the break. For a supreme viewpoint walk up the hill on the south that was previously used as a lookout during WW II.


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GILI ONE RESORT

Relax, you are in the heart of sunny paradise! Enjoy privacy and comfort, we will take care of you! FB: @bananaleaf2 Tel. +62 821 4430 0041

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WARNA BEACH HOTEL

A beautiful paradise on Gili Trawangan! Your home away from home. Ten wellappointed bungalows and two VIP suites overlook a cool pool. Just a 5 minute walk to white sandy beaches.

Relax and unwind at Warna Beach Hotel, situated only a moments walk away from pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife. Enjoy freshly cooked BBQ at our on-site restaurant.

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See page 82 for locations

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GILI MENO

THE SPIRITUAL & RELAXING ISLAND OF LOVE

MENO

Set between Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno arguably offers the finest beaches of all the Gili Islands. The sands are white and soft beneath your feet and you can relax on vacant stretches of beach lined with coconut trees. Its waters are teeming with life and it is very common to spot a turtle whilst snorkelling. The island is still reflective of local lifestyle and time moves at a leisurely pace. Out of

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the three Gilis, Gili Meno is the least developed island, where you can completely relax amongst abundant nature and create your own tropical holiday adapted to your needs. Explore its peaceful paths by pushbike or on foot; enjoy the green and blue panorama while riding on a cidomo (horsecart) without being disturbed by large crowds or buildings; venture to the eerie remnants of an abandoned resortwhere a popular wreck-dive site exists just offshore. Gili Meno offers a great selection of local and western restaurants, from small warungs to fancy beachfront terraces, you will have a wide choice of flavours against the same tropical and peaceful backdrop. You will meet interesting local artists and seasoned foreign travellers, and appreciate their smooth rhythm of life. A variety of accommodation options

ensure a choice for all tastes and budgets; from eco-friendly star gazing platforms to luxury glamping tents, Gili Meno offers secluded properties as well as luxury resorts, and a lot of activities. Small dedicated dive centres, nature-inspired yoga schools and water sport centres are just some of the ways you can fill your time between a swim with the turtles or a tropical cocktail.

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See page 83 for locations MENO DIVE CLUB

KARMA REEF Karma Beach presents cozy beachfront dining with fresh seafood BBQ, Mediterranean and traditional Indonesian inspired dishes, all paired with an excellent selection of wine and cocktails. Open daily from 7am to 10:30pm Tel. +62 819 3672 0703 Email: concierge@karmareef.com

DIANA BUNGALOWS Located slightly inland on the West Coast of Gili Meno. Diana Bungalows boasts three bungalows surrounded by a lush, tropical garden. Enjoy a barbecue and some drinks while watching views of Gili Meno's famous lake. Tel. +62 819 0699 3372

Meno Dive Club offers PADI professional and beginner courses as well as Fun Diving and Discover Scuba. If you are looking for a dive centre with more of a personal touch, small group sizes, super comfortable dive boat and brand new equipment then come and join Meno Dive Club. FB: Meno Dive Club Tel: +62 878 6407 4156

SAHA TOURIST INFORMATION We provide transportation to Lombok and to Bali. Take a snorkelling trip with us around the Gilis, swim with the turtles, rent bicycles and start your own adventure. Tel. +62 823 4037 5129

Email: sahardin.99@gmail.com

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GILI AIR

THE ISLAND OF WATER, CHARM & BALANCE

The closest island to Lombok, Gili Air is aptly named after the Indonesian word "air" meaning "water." It is the only Gili Island to have natural underground fresh water wells. Gili Air is gem of a spot that allows you to sample the best of both worlds of the Gili Islands- it has the relaxing charm of Gili Meno and a bit of the night life of Gili Trawangan. Here you can take it fast or slow and enjoy an abundance of water sports from diving to surfing to kiteboarding and land activities such as yoga and cycling. In the evenings you also have the option of watching movies screened on the beach (weather permitting). Gili Air has pristine beaches and clear turquoise waters Gililife 24

gili AIR that soothe and revive. It is the most locally populated island with 1500 residents and it's not hard to see a special pride amongst the locals for the awe that their land inspires. There is the biggest concentration of bars and restaurants on the east of Air where you can take in views of lush green Lombok and the heights of Mt. Rinjani. Venture to the northwest and you will find yourself on empty sands gazing at the majestic Agung volcano of Bali. For sunsets be sure to be on the north/west side of the island. Happiness is infectious on this island and it's friendly inhabitants will never miss a chance to make you smile. Gili Air has a great selection of restaurants including homemade

Italian or Mediterranean food, Spanish tapas and exquisite cuisine options as well as a number of charming Warungs serving all the best local dishes. There's a range of accommodation for every budget from backpackers to bungalows (on the beach and in the village) and private villas and resorts. There are also a number of spas to choose from and you'll be delighted to find quality shopping on the island! Because of Air's beauty and increasing popularity as a dive and travel destination the island is seeing rapid development but somehow maintains it's local charm and atmosphere. Wander throughout the island to take it all in as you lose and find yourself here!


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THE ISLAND OF WATER, CHARM & BALANCE

gili AIR See page 84 for locations FLOWERS & FIRE Beautiful yoga studio, wholefood cafĂŠ and creative space. Nestled in the heart of Gili Air, our breezy, treehouse studio has stunning green leafy village views. Come chillout, connect and play! www.flowersandfire.yoga

We are all about delicious freshly brewed coffee, homemade cakes and food. Our food & drinks are also great for take-away and you can order cakes for special occasions from us. Come any time for a good time! FB: @coffeeandthyme www.coffeeandthyme.co

ANAHATA TROPICAL PRIVATE VILLAS Three tropical private villas each with a pool. Built from a blend of traditional architecture and modern comfort, designed to give our guests the ultimate in vacation, tropics and privacy. FB: @AnahataGiliAIr www.anahata-giliair.com

THE MEXICAN KITCHEN

NAD BRAHMA Indian Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant. Serving healthy, nutritious food and drinks made with love and passion. Open for lunch and dinner. Also offering many activities including Cooking Classes, Ayurvedic Nutrition Intro and Recycling Workshops. FB: @NadBrahmaGiliAir

BEL AIR RESORT Beachfront venue with excellent live music, a funky bar decorated by Boots, the eclectic owner. Enjoy the avant-garde music memorabilia, best sushi and cappuccino on the island, pool table, rooms & villas. Beach Instagram heart light. FB: @belairresort www.belairresort-giliair.com Gililife 26

COFFEE & THYME

The Mexican Kitchen, beachside on Gili Air, delivers authentic Mexican street food. Passionate Certified Chefs offer a feast of seafood, raw vegan and delectable flavours of Mexico, perfectly pared with refreshing cocktails. FB: @gilimexicankitchen www.gilimexicankitchen.com

LUCKY'S SNORKELLING Daily snorkelling trip by glass bottom boat. For public and private boat trips contact us. Email: luckysgiliair@gmail.com


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DESTINATION

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AN ABUNDANCE OF NATURAL BEAUTY AND TRADITIONAL LIVING

LOMBOK

With its largely unspoiled natural environment, vivid, diverse traditional culture and increasing infrastructure, Lombok island is an interesting compromise between touristic Bali and wild Sumbawa. Jagged coasts and sheltered bays, white-sanded empty beaches and lush green hills lined by rice paddies overlooked by majestic Mount Rinjani characterise Lombok’s natural landscape, while in traditional villages a diversity of practices coexist. The island is dotted with mosques, symbols of Islam, the Gililife 28

most practiced religion, but there are some important Hindu temples scattered in the West, heritage of the Hindu tradition. Sasak people, Lombok’s indigenous people, practice a syncretic form of Islam (wetu telu), which blends Hindu-Buddhist influences, Sunni Islam, animism and ancestral worship. Authentic Sasak villages offer a valuable insight into the island’s traditional culture, famous for the turun temurun, Capital city Mataram is a busy town with colourful markets and the gate to Senggigi’s

stunning bays in the North and Mt Rinjani’s green slopes to the East. In the South, world-class surf breaks, a multitude of pristine beaches and gentle hills are an open invitation to explore the surroundings at one’s pace and enjoy the tropical vibe. The East offers a complete different scenery; from waterfalls, rainforests and hills carpeted with rice paddies, the surroundings of Mount Rinjani provide a myriad of hike options, from easy walks to very challenging treks in a beautiful panoramic landscape. In the South-West, facing Lembar harbour and Sekotong, are the less known Gilis (meaning “small island”), where snorkelling in the lively reef and chilling on the empty beaches are the few tourists’ main activity. With its cultural and environmental diversity, Lombok is the ideal destination to discover something new everyday.


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ACTIVITIES

From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free. JACQUES COUSTEAU, Time Magazine, March 28, 1960

An exceptional MARINE WORLD FULL OF

beauty & biodiversity

SCUBADIVING Divers from all over the world come to experience the underwater world of the Gili Islands. Warm clear waters, many dive spots easily accessible and suitable to all levels make the Gilis a great diving destination, appealing to beginners who experience the Big Blue for the first time as well as to experienced or technical divers who are interested in small sea creatures and unusual dive spots. Expect to swim with elegant white and black-tip sharks and friendly turtles, observe extravagant cephalopods and ghost pipe-fish hidden in plain sight and explore wrecks turned into the home of Gililife 30

colourful fish schools! Home to over 3,500 marine species including a variety of small sea creatures, the Gilis are also becoming a sought-after destination for muck diving. There are a multitude of centres that can plan just the right dive for you and the Gili Islands Dive Association ensures high diving standards and safe diving practices are applied at all times. Every diver contributes to a “reef tax�, which is included in the cost of their first dive and goes to support the NGO Gili Eco Trust, a conservation organisation who implements projects such as coral reef restoration biorocks.

LEVELS OF DIVING Open Water Diver Age: 10+ / 3-4 days Max dive depth: 18m You learn how to dive and get a certificate after passing an assessment at the end.

Advanced Open Water Diver Age: 12+ / 2-3 days Max dive depth: 30m You perfect your skills with 2 compulsory dives: navigation and deep diving, you choose 3 other specialties.

Rescue Diver Age: 15+ / 4 days You learn what to do in the event of a problem on various rescue scenarios.

Dive Master Age: 18+ / 4 weeks+ Working closely with an instructor, you learn how a diving centre works and acquire extensive experience by going on many dives.


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TURTLES GUARANTEED!! PLUS Beautiful corals and all kinds of fish!

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Snorkelling is a good way to freely explore the waters around the Gili islands. Let yourself drift with the current whilst being careful because sometimes it can be very strong. You can easily rent the mask, snorkel and fins on all the Gili islands. Another option is taking part in a snorkelling trip – a day out on a boat.

Many local agencies offer this service and you can book this trip on site or at your hotel. You leave in the morning around 9am for a full circuit of the Gilis, you stop for lunch and come back at about 4pm. Regardless of the island where you depart from, the boats will tour the most famous spots of the three islands, where marine life is abundant. Expect to see parrotfish and butterfly fish, dense schools of trevallies as well as some species of soft corals. Snake eels are also a common sight and you will most probably see giant turtles swimming along your side.


A BREATH-TAKING EXPERIENCE

FREEDIVING

Learn to dive deeper on just one breath, without any equipment except your fins and mask ! Freediving is the most natural and quiet way to explore and get closer to animals underwater and is a discipline that teaches you to relax and be at ease with yourself. The best way to learn is from a professional and on the Gili islands many dive centres are specialised in freediving and offer courses and dives for all levels, in different sites and ensuring safety first at all times. Freediving teaches us about the connection between our body and mind, patience, perceived limitations and challenging our self-imposed boundaries. What we learn in the water can also be applied to our daily lives on dry land. There are many different aspects to apnea, including underwater hockey, underwater rugby, spearfishing etc. You just need to find your favourite way of being underwater.

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MORE GILI ISLAND

WATER SPORTS The Gili Islands offer endless possibilities for water lovers besides diving and snorkelling. Enquire at one of the many watersport centres for a variety of activities on all the three islands. You can take a glass-bottom boat tour to see the underwater world without venturing

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into the ocean. Rent a kayak and explore the coastline at your own pace or opt for a stand-up paddle board, a great way to approach the water and test your balancing skills. On Gili Air and Gili Trawangan there are a few nice surf spots which are worth a “dawnie�. Please

be aware of currents and tides and surfing experience is advisable. Subwing is the ultimate water sport that allows you to glide in the water pulled by a boat at slow speed, while parasailing will take you to new heights and safely land you back in the water! Have fun!


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LEON HAINES This months featured

SPECIES

WEEDY SCORPION FISH Last month some very lucky divers on Gili Air got to experience the “holy grail� of underwater photography at Hans Reef. This site is known to be great for finding the more unusual creatures. However, encountering the weedy scorpion fish (Rhinopias frondosa) was a great surprise. Photographers from all over the world come to this region for a chance to snap this very well camouflaged fish. Looking at this fish you can see how it got its name. It is only once you spot the eyes and transparent pectoral fins that you can make out it is actually a fish and not another weed in the sand.

Reaching a maximum length of 25cm the weedy scorpion fish is nocturnal and feeds on ghost shrimp, small octopus and many other small reef animals. This fish exhibits very cryptic behavior and their camouflage allows them to remain virtually undetected by both predators and prey. To move from place to place they use their pectoral and pelvic fins to crawl along the sea bottom and only rarely swim. Whilst waiting in ambush for prey, the weedy scorpion fish may remain in the same spot for weeks and even months at a time! If you ever have the chance to dive Hans Reef off Gili Air, keep your eyes peeled because he could not have crawled far!

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YOGA

GET CONNECTED

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It's no wonder that the Gilis are becoming a popular yoga destination. Stunning ocean views, colourful striped skies profiling Mount Rinjani and Mount Agung at sunrise and sunset and the natural setting make the Gilis an inspiring place to practice. Many remarkable yoga schools scattered around the three islands offer classes that cater for the tastes of discerning yogis as well as to open-minded visitors who want to try yoga for the first time.

Ubud is Indonesia’s most famous yoga destination, but more and more people come to practice on the Gilis, where yoga classes can be taken in bamboo structures surrounded by peaceful gardens, rooftop terraces where you can meditate as the sun appears on the horizon, or breezy shalas on the beach. For a closer contact with the water element, you can even try yoga on a stand-up paddleboard. Worst-case scenario you will have a refreshing swim!


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ACTIVITIES

TREAT YOURSELF

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There is no better way to relax after a day of diving and snorkelling or cruising around the Gilis than receiving a good massage. Many spas in the three islands offer different types of massages as well as all kinds of beauty treatments. If you like it strong, we suggest to try traditional Sasak or Balinese massage, while for a more relaxing treatment, probably an Ayurvedic massage is the best option. Pedicure and manicure for both men and women or different waxing techniques are available; earcandles is a relaxing and unique way to have your ears cleaned and foot reflexology an excellent antidote to feet tired of walking around the islands. You can choose to receive your treatment in an oceanview spa or in the quietness of a bamboo breezy terrace; also check out the spas of the best hotels on the islands, as they offer quality treatments at a good price.


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MORE FUN ON LAND

OTHER ACTIVITIES

There are uncountable activities you can enjoy on land in all three islands. You can decide to learn how to cook delicious dishes from Indonesian cuisine or how to make jewellery, and even take part in an art class! You may find yourself exploring WWII bunker remnants in Trawangan or riding a horse at sunset, sweating in the gym or dancing to the rhythm of salsa! Try capoeira, samba, or explore different styles of yoga such as fly-high, sunset meditation, aerial silk or acroyoga! When night falls, go for a movie on the beach or squeeze your brain and join a quiz night. If you want to mingle with the locals, join them for a football or beachball match on the beach or challenge them in a badminton game! Check the latest updates at one of the local agencies or ask at the reception of your hotel.

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PEOPLE OF GILI

Meet some of the wonderful people of the Gili Islands ...

SAHA

SAHA Saha Tourist Information (Business Owner)

IDA Aston Hotel

(Reservations)

ISKANDER

ISKANDER GILI MENO

(Kapala Desa)

When did you arrive on the Gilis? I arrived on Gili Meno 5 years ago. What are you passionate about? I want to make Gili Meno a balanced island in harmony with the other islands. What is your motto in life? Don’t live to eat, eat to live. What is your favourite thing about living on the Gilis? I love that it is safe, comfortable with friendly people and great friendships. If you could make one difference in the world what would you do? I would like to invite all tourists and local people to come together to clean the beaches around Gili Meno on a weekly basis. Gililife 42

When did you arrive on the Gilis? I arrived on Gili Trawangan 6 months ago. What are you passionate about? Photography, design and writing. What is your motto in life? Choose who you will become and then you will be. What is your favourite thing about living on the Gilis? I always feel like I am on holiday! No matter how complicated my job becomes, I can always heal my mind through watching the ocean, hearing the waves sing and stomping on the white beaches. I love sitting on the beach, watching sunsets. For me, that is when I am at peace. I also love to travel to Gili Trawangan by boat and watch the flying fish, as it rarely happens. I love Gili and everything about it! IDA

When did you arrive on the Gilis? I arrived on Gili Meno in 1999, around 21 years ago. What are you passionate about? I want to improve my business, especially for touring and travelling around Lombok, Bali and the Gili’s. What is your motto in life? To be well mannered and that an excellent smile makes for excellent service. What is your favourite thing about living on the Gilis? They are peaceful islands with a friendly society. If you could make one difference in the world what would you do? I would change the education system to improve the quality of teachers and the curriculum as well as make the buildings better quality and more accessible. When did you start to take an interest in working in tourism? In 2016 I started my business, as there were no other tourist information offices in the area. I wanted to make it easy to find information on the islands and to help tourists enjoy their holidays.


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INDONESIAN LANGUAGE BASICS BASIC PHRASES/ WORDS Welcome Good Morning (6 Am To 12 Am) Good Morning (12am To 2 Pm) Good Afternoon (3pm To 6 Pm) Good Evening (6pm To 12 Pm) Good Night Good Bye See You Soon

Selamat Datang. Selamat Pagi. Selamat Siang. Selamat Sore. Selamat Malam. Selamat Tidur. Selamat Jalan/ Selamat Tinggal. Sampai Jumpa.

Yes No Maybe Please Thank You You're Welcome

Ya. Tidak/bukan. Mungkin. Tolong. Terima Kasih. Sama Sama .

Excuse Me Sorry No Problem

Permisi. Maaf. Tidak Apa-apa.

How Are You? I Am Fine! What's Your Name? My Name Is... Where Are You From? I Am From.. How Old Are You? I Am ... Years Old NUMBERS 1 Satu. 2 Dua. 3 Tiga. 4 Empat. 5 Lima. 6 Enam. 7 Tujuh. 8 Delapan. 9 Sembilan. 10 Sepuluh. 11 Sebelas. 12 Duabelas. 13 Tigabelas.

Apa Kabar? Kabar Baik! Siapa Nama Anda? Nama Saya... Anda Dari Mana? Saya Dari... Berapa Umur Anda? Umur Saya...Tahun. 20 30 40

Duapuluh. Tigapuluh. Empatpuluh.

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Limapuluh Dua. Limapuluh Tiga.

100 200 1,000 10,000 100,000

Seratus. Duaratus. Seribu. Sepuluh Ribu. Seratus Ribu.


SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

Help the Gilis BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL Set a good example by being an environmentally friendly citizen and people will follow suit.

THROW AWAY ALL RUBBISH IN THE BINS PROVIDED

REFILL MAP

Water Refills

REFILL YOUR BOTTLE & REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE Easily accessed through the mobile app or website the RefillMyBottle map shows you nearby locations where you can refill your water bottle. Download the app to find where to refill your bottle!

No littering, no excuses!

SAVE WATER AND TURN OFF ELECTRICITY Be conservative with fresh water. Turn off lights, AC & fans when you are not in your room.

DO NOT THROW ANYTHING IN THE TOILET This will increase pollution and kill our fragile underwater eco-system.

REFILL YOUR WATER BOTTLE Log on to www.refillmybottle.com to find refill stations or download the app.

DO NOT TOUCH OR STAND ON CORALS

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Corals are animals! Interacting with this fragile ocean ecosystem will damage it.

RESPECT OUR POPULATION OF TURTLES Never touch them and avoid fish feeding sessions. Report any snorkelling tours that touch or pick up turtles.

RESPECT OUR BEACH Do not collect seashells from the ocean or the beach. Hermit crabs use empty shells as they outgrow their own and waves break down shells to make sand and sustain our beaches.

GET INVOLVED IN LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES & ISSUES Join the NGOs, dive shops and various businesses on the island for beach cleaning and recycling workshops. For regular updates check out our Facebook for more information as well as contacting the Gili NGO’s directly.

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TIDE TIMES

Gili Tides

MAY 2019

= HIGH TIDE

= LOW TIDE

01:45

08:25

12:50

19:10

17th 01:25

08:10

14:50

20:50

2nd 02:10

08:30

14:00

20:10

18th 01:45

08:30

15:50

22:05

3rd

02:30

08:40

14:55

21:05

19th 02:00

09:00

16:45

23:25

4th

02:45

08:50

15:35

22:05

20th 02:10

09:30

17:35

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5th

02:55

09:20

16:30

23:00

21st 01:05

01:45

10:00

18:25

6th

03:00

09:40

17:20

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22nd 10:35

19:15

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7th

00:10

03:05

10:50

18:10

23rd 11:05

20:05

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8th

01:50

02:30

10:35

19:05

24th 11:50

21:00

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9th

11:10

20:05

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21:50

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10th 11:50

21:00

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26th 13:20

22:40

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11th 12:40

22:15

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27th 14:20

23:25

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12th 13:40

23:15

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28th 15:35

23:55

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13th 14:55

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29th 07:25

11:30

17:05

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14th 00:00

16:35

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30th 00:20

07:20

13:05

18:35

15th 00:35

07:50

11:55

18:05

31st 00:45

07:25

14:10

19:55

16th 01:05

07:55

13:40

19:30

1st

*Tide times are approximate and not to be used for navigation

LANGUAGE

Bahasa Indonesia - English PLASTIC FREE PARADISE

SURGA BEBAS PLASTIK

SAY NO TO PLASTIC

KATAKAN TIDAK UNTUK PLASTIK

SEPARATE YOUR TRASH

PISAHKAN SAMPAH MU

I DON'T WANT TO USE PLASTIC BAG

SAYA TIDAK MAU MEMAKAI KANTONG PLASTIK

I WANT TO USE A BAMBOO STRAW

SAYA MAU PAKAI SEDOTAN BAMBU

PLEASE DON'T USE A PLASTIC STRAW

TOLONG JANGAN PAKAI SEDOTAN PLASTIK

DO NOT BURN PLASTIC

JANGAN MEMBAKAR SAMPAH PLASTIK

WHERE CAN I REFILL MY BOTTLE?

DIMANA SAYA BISA ISI ULANG BOTOL SAYA?


MEDICAL SERVICES ON THE GILI ISLANDS GILI AIR BLUE ISLAND MEDICAL Phone +62 819 997 05703 (Located behind 7 Seas Diving) SERVICES: Speed Boat Ambulance, Doctor Consultation Call out service, Vaccination & Immunisation Medical Evacuation Service, Pharmacy & Laboratory. GILI AIR CLINIC CENTRE Phone: +62 8523 8888 339 / +62 8773 8888 339 (Located near Pachamama) SERVICES: 24 hour Daily Doctor Service, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Emergency Unit, Evacuation, On Call Service. DR SAHRUN Phone +62 819 0729 2882 email: charun.carter@gmail.com (Located next to Parida) SERVICES: 24 hour Daily Doctor Service, Medical Emergency Call out service, Minor Surgery, Vaccination Pharmacy, Spooling, Nebulizer, 24 hour Daily Doctor Service. GENERAL PRACTITIONER MEDICAL SERVICE Phone + 62 819 0737 3700 (Located next to Yoland Guesthouse) SERVICES: 24 hour Daily Doctor Service, Medical Emergency Call out Service, Minor Surgery, Vaccination Pharmacy, Spooling, Nebulizers. AIR MEDICAL SERVICE Phone +62 819 977 01248 / + 62 823 4087 2743 (close to Uniq Shop) SERVICES: 24 hour Medical Emergency, Call out service Vaccination, Laboratory, Pharmacy.

GILI MENO BLUE ISLAND MEDICAL Phone +62 8199 705 702 SERVICES: Speed Boat Ambulance, Doctor Consultation Call out service, Vaccination & Immunisation Medical Evacuation Service, Pharmacy & Laboratory.

GILI TRAWANGAN BLUE ISLAND MEDICAL Phone: +62 81 999 705 701/ +62370 6197510 Email: bic.trawangan@gmail.com or info@blueislandclinic.com (Located at Villa Ombak Hotel Gili Trawangan) SERVICES: Speed Boat Ambulance, Doctor Consultation Call out service, Vaccination & Immunisation Medical Evacuation Service, Pharmacy & Laboratory. WARNA MEDICAL Phone: +62 878 620 602 47 SERVICES: Pharmacy - Consultation, check up, emergency unit, on call service. on day care & minor Surgery, Vaccinations - Rabies, Hep B Etc Laboratory - Malaria, HIV, Syphilis, Glucose Test, Uric Acid Test GIVARA MEDICAL & FARMACY Phone: +62 878 645 80052, +62 85337 686928 SERVICES: Family Doctor , Common Consultation, Emergency Unit, Minor Surgery, Ear Block Treatment, Medical check up, Morning after pill, Vaccination - rabies, tetanus & hepatitis GENERAL PRACTITIONER MEDICAL SERVICE Phone: +62 818 05783486 SERVICES: 24 hour Daily Doctor Service, Medical Emergency Call out Service, Minor Surgery, Vaccination Pharmacy, Spooling, Nebulizers. ISLAND MEDICAL CENTRE Phone: +62 85 934 500 112 SERVICES: Free check ups for government people, Family doctor, Home care, Vaccination, Call out service, Emergency Unit, One Day Care, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Charity - society of the old man + DENTIST SERVICE Scaling, Orthodontics, Restoration, Teeth Extraction, False Teeth Fixing, Diamond fixing


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RAMADAN

Selamat Menjalankan Ibadah Puasa

Image Courtesy of: Vecteezy.com

The holy month of Ramadan known as Bulan Puasa throughout Indonesia starts on the 5th May 2019 for 30 days

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Let the spirit of Ramadan remain in your hearts and light up your souls from within

Have a blessed Ramadan Kareem


Mosques are places of worship for millions of Muslims across the globe, and, while they have a common theme in terms of faith, the architecture can vary hugely between countries. We might be biased, but those in Indonesia are some of the most beautiful in the world! As Indonesia is home to the largest Muslim population in the world, there are so many stunning mosques to explore. As with every faith, there’s a lot of external and historical influence when it comes to places of worship in Indonesia. The country’s rich culture has impacted both the faith and the design of its mosques over time. After the Dutch colonisation in the 19th century, Indonesian mosques expanded to include more orthodox religions. In turn, this altered the design of the buildings. Indonesian mosques tend to feature bulb shaped domes – this can be either one large one on its own or one that’s surrounded by smaller domes.

That said, some of the most famous mosques in Indonesia don’t have domes, but do feature tiered levels that lend to a more structured style. It’s hard to sum up the architecture in just one characteristic, as the style can vary so much! The decoration of the mosques varies quite a lot across the country, too – some are covered in gold detailing, with ornate designs engraved into the buildings; others have a simpler design but are stunning nonetheless. Some mosques are very traditionally Indonesian, others draw upon the culture of the surrounding countries. Colour isn’t always used in Indonesian mosques, but some use bold splashes of blue. The styles vary hugely, from traditional to very modern – some look more like futuristic libraries than places of worship, with the architecture symbolising wider changes and progression in society. Despite the variety of styles and designs

of mosques around Indonesia, the overall feeling is the same – they are safe, open places where faith is celebrated and community is valued above all else. Speaking of celebrating faith, there is no greater rite of passage for a Muslim than to journey to Mecca. Mecca is a city (not a building as a lot of people think at first!) in Saudi Arabia – it’s home to around 2 million people and becomes even busier during ‘Hajj’. Mecca is the birthplace of Muhammad, as well as Kabba - the most spiritual place within the faith of Islam; it’s also the direction that is faced during prayer. A huge part of Islam is making the journey to Mecca to honour the beginnings and beliefs that are so central to the faith – this is what ‘Hajj’ refers to. This journey is a compulsory aspect of Islam (for those who are fully able) and must be made at least once. To put it into perspective, over 15 million Muslims visit each year, truly making it the journey and experience of a lifetime…

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RAMADAN

A Typical Day during the holy month of

Ramadan

2.00am- 3.00am Usually the women in the family wake up around 2am to prepare the family meal. At around 3.00am, the family members partake in the predawn meal called Makan Sahur. Often you will hear this being announced from the local mosque. After eating, the family will either go back to sleep or begin their daily chores.

Explained by H.Ramli Ahmad – Imam at Gili Air Mosque and around Lombok

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5.00am At dawn, the Fajr prayer also known as Subh is performed and this usually lasts around 10 minutes. Before this prayer, and every other prayer, worshippers carry out a ritual of purification known as Wudu. This begins with washing of the hands, face, mouth, nose, arms, hair, ears, ankles and feet. The day then continues on as per normal and most people go about their daily schedule, attending work, school or looking after the home.

12.15pm Once the sun has crossed the “true noon” and is half way between sunrise and sunset the next prayer, Zuhur is performed. It is after Zuhur, that participants take a rest, if work and time allow. This is generally the hottest and most challenging time of the day. 3.30pm After a rest, the afternoon prayer, called Asr is carried out. 4.00pm At approximately 4pm the women will begin to prepare the dishes for Buka Puasa. Men continue their normal day until around 5.00pm and at this time family members head home to meet with the rest of the family. 6.00pm At approximately 6.00pm, the ‘call to prayer’ the Adzan can be heard from the mosque. Families sit together and break their fast. This is referred to as Iftar. This is usually broken with a glass of water, coffee and a cigarette for some. For others this may be with food. After the fast is broken, it is followed by the prayer for Magrib. 7.20pm The final prayer for the day, Isha, is carried out. After this everyone is free to eat, drink and smoke until 5.00am. After 5.00am nothing passes their lips until it is time for Iftar. 8.30pm This is an extra prayer carried out during the Holy month of Ramadan. This prayer is the equivalent of 12 prayers due to the amount of Rakets performed. (Rakets are the prescribed movements and words followed by Muslims while offering prayers to Allah).


TERMS & MEANINGS BULAN Month PUASA Fasting MAKAN SAHUR Pre-dawn meal SALAT Prayer or communication WUUDU The ritual of cleansing before praying BUKA PUASA Breaking the fast usually with a family meal ADZHAN Call to prayer from the mosque RAKETS The prescribed movements and words followed by Muslims while offering prayers to Allah IMAM Islamic leadership position

Idul Fitri Known in some countries, as ‘Eid’ or Idul Fitri in Indonesia is the celebration within Islam that celebrates the end of Ramadan – the fasting period that Muslims across the globe participate in to honour the Quran. During Ramadan, people do not eat, drink water or allow anything to pass their lips during sunrise and sunset. The end of this challenging time is always celebrated with a feast! In Islam praying is also a huge part of Idul Fitri, with communities coming together to mark the end of the fasting. Part of this celebration is giving thanks to Allah for helping everyone through the difficulties that fasting can bring. It’s said that Ramadan brings you closer to Allah, as you must practice self-control and

restraint to avoid eating or drinking during the forbidden hours. Following this, you give thanks for being given the strength to make it through – mainly through eating delicious Indonesian dishes, praying and spending time with your loved ones. This can also involve forgiveness in some ways, with people coming together and celebrating their lives with each other. The dates of Idul Fitri vary each year, as months within Islam are dependent on the cycle of the moon. As Ramadan comes to a close and the celebrations begin, you’ll hear a different greeting used in Indonesia – “Minal aidin wal faizin mohon maaf lahir dan batin”. This is a way for Indonesian Muslims to forgive each other and themselves for any wrong doings and to have a fresh start. 53 Gililife


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Respect those practicing

Ramadan As a visitor, you do not need to fast or practice religious fervour, but here is how you can show respect during Ramadan: DRESS Swimwear is fine on the beach, but when walking in the streets (especially in the village) cover up. FOOD & DRINK Try to avoid eating in the streets and public areas during the daytime. Consume food and drinks in a restaurant, or out of sight where possible. SMOKING If you wish to smoke during the daytime be discreet, and try not to smoke around local people. PARTIES There are no parties allowed on the Gili Islands during Ramadan. Avoid playing loud music late into the night and avoid public drunkenness. Above all, be considerate of the traditions during this time, and do not tempt those who are practicing any sort of abstinence.

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Facts Ramadan begins and ends according to the lunar calendar and will run for either

29 OR 30 DAYS.

Ramadan is celebrated annually on the

9TH MONTH OF THE ISLAMIC CALENDAR The exact date is determined by the sighting of the new moon. More than

ONE BILLION MUSLIMS WORLDWIDE celebrate Ramadan each year.

Indonesia has the largest Muslim population with 203 million, which is

12.7% OF THE WORLDS MUSLIM POPULATION. Idul fitri is the first day of the Islamic Month of Shawwal. It marks

THE END OF RAMADAN

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BANANA LEAF RESORT

TAKE A LEAF OUT OF THEIR BOOK GILI TRAWANGAN

Banana Leaf Resort is instantly a surprise! An oasis of luxury on the much-loved party island, Gili Trawangan. Shaded by majestic coconut trees, an inviting blue pool sits proudly in the middle of six Joglo styled modern bungalows, offering moments of calm amongst the traveller’s hub of the Gili Islands. Clementine, the Manager, is excited to explain why she loves it so much, ‘The location is close enough to the festivities, but quiet enough to offer privacy to our guests’. She is right. These little bijoux are set back from the main strip of the island, sheltered from the hustle and bustle. While many people visit Gili Trawangan to enjoy its renowned nightlife, it is always desirable to enjoy some downtime. Luckily, a quick walk has you on the beach for sunset…

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‘We host many couples here for romantic holidays’, she says, not surprising given the trails of brightly coloured flowers and stunning scenery around the pretty bungalows. Banana Leaf Resort may only have been open for 2 years, but it’s proving very popular with honeymooners, as well as young travellers. ‘Backpackers generally don’t have the budget for luxury, but they also don’t want to stay in hostels’, Clementine explains, ‘and we offer a solution. Opulence without the hefty price tag’. For travellers who prefer something more elegant than a hostel, this resort ticks every box. Guests can relax in the tranquil settings, with friendly staff available to help with whatever is needed. Day trips can be booked easily, with snorkelling being one of the most popular activities


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around the islands. With many turtlespotting points to explore, most visitors to the island cannot resist grabbing a mask and diving into the crystal-clear waters. Banana Leaf Resort’s proximity to some of the best beaches on the island make it even more appealing. The resort has a modern feel to it due to the facilities available – free WiFi, TVs in the bedrooms for those who really want to chill out, air conditioning and, a true luxury in the Gilis, hot water! Touches of traditional Balinesestyle interiors in each bungalow add to the relaxing ambience. Banana Leaf Resort draws upon tourists’ love of all things local, with classic native plants dotted around, as well as local-style artwork in each home away from home.

So, what does the future hold for Banana Leaf Resort? Well, a restaurant for starters! Excuse the pun! The restaurant is set to open this May and will offer a menu packed with local favourites like Mie Goreng (fried noodles). Western cuisine will be added, based on what guests enjoy the most. Overall, Banana Leaf Resort offers an escape amidst the secluded, tropical garden as well as an opportunity to head down and enjoy the party. Either way, guests will be welcomed with open arms and big smiles! Oh….did we mention the pool?

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Pituq Co. A RESTAURANT THAT SERVES MORE THAN DELICIOUS FARE GILI TRAWANGAN

Many who visit the Gili Islands are familiar with Pituq Waroeng– a rustic and interesting restaurant on Gili Trawangan that serves up colourful Indonesian-inspired vegan dishes alongside great service. Pituq Waroeng is not all that it seems! Behind the scenes, Jaana, pioneer of the Pituq Community Foundation (Yayasan Pituq Komunitas), is championing extensive charity work. She spoke to us about celebrating the first anniversary of this Lombok based non-profit organisation… Her restaurant not only serves healthy vegan food, it has also become a meeting point for people to learn more about the Foundation. Good Samaritans donate clothes and cash and Pituq ensures that they are directly passed on to the less fortunate. Clothes and donated items are sold in the Pituq Charity

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shop which is located within the restaurant. Despite being involved in charity work for over a decade around Lombok, Finlandborn Jaana and her locally-born husband, Rahmat, officially set up the foundation in April 2018. The timing was fortuitous as they were instrumental in helping thousands of victims in the aftermath of the earthquakes, by providing immediate emergency aid and emotional support. ‘We distributed water, food, hygiene products and other supplies to thousands of people across 350 villages. A week after the earthquakes, we commenced trauma healing with the children’, Jaana exudes. This philosophy is really what powers Pituq as a Waroeng and as a Community, ‘It’s easy, the things we can do in the villages, for the children and the families’, she added.


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So, what happens now that the media attention has shifted? ‘News comes and goes, but the effects are still very visible here’, Jaana says. So many people were involved with fundraising and helping with immediate relief, but the communities still need rebuilding and there are new projects that need funding, from providing clean, safe water to building toilets and showers in more remote communities. ‘There are so many layers of events that occurred after the earthquakes. Not just the loss of lives, but homes and properties were damaged and broken. People who lost their businesses, went

bankrupt, so life is not yet back to normal. It will take time until people are back on their feet, but spirits are high, and the Lombok people are resilient’, she goes on, eager to raise awareness of the continued support that is needed. ‘The best way we can help out is to fundraise,’ Jaana suggests. ‘Tourism helps too! When the Gili Islands prosper, so does Lombok’. Her outlook on the future is optimistic, ‘We believe that after all the repercussions of the devastation and damage, there are now new and improved services available and I believe Lombok will be even stronger in the future!”

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KARMA REEF REEF ENCOUNTERS GILI MENO

Karma Reef Resort is truly one of the gems in Gili Meno’s crown. The unique beach resort opened in 2014 and has been extremely popular ever since – a trip over to the quietest of the three islands made it pretty easy to see why… We met with Sabine, Marketing Manager of Karma Reef Resorts, who took us on a tour of paradise. Set directly on a white pristine beach are seven sumptuous sea-tents and seven impressive Lumbung Villas. The cool airconditioned sea-tents are a Balinese version of festival glamping with luxurious interiors, delightful touches and spa-like adornment. A bubble of opulent bliss. The two-storey, traditional-style Villas are equally beautiful in their decoration, so it’s no surprise the resort is highly regarded by honeymooners and couples indulging in romantic getaways.

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Picture your dream accommodation and you are probably incredibly close to what Karma Reef Resort offers. With aircon, WiFi, TVs and hot water, your stay will be far beyond ‘comfortable’. The rooms are well appointed, combining Western facilities with the Indonesian charm that visitors to the island love so much. Patios with swinging chairs make the perfect spot to curl up with a book and indulge in some ‘me time’. The location, of course, is instantly one of our favourite aspects of this resort. ‘You’ll wake up to the sound of the ocean and the sunrise’, Sabine smiles, as though we need any more persuading. Moving, somewhat reluctantly, from the luxury of the rooms, we discover the more social areas of the resort. We are equally wowed! The sun loungers are dotted along the beach and spacious brugges are available for guests to loll around in.


www.karmagroup.com The Lumbungs have a small kitchen area, but there is also an on-site restaurant that serves up delicious Mediterranean-inspired food by Chef Wayan Edi Supatra of Bali. ‘Succulent grilled octopus, crispy squid, fresh seafood, tuna tartare bruschetta, delicately fried salty haloumi with capers and tasty sliders are some of the delectable dishes created by Chef Wayan. ‘Fresh seafood, which comes straight out of the ocean is prepared every single day’, Sabine explains. If you prefer a liquid diet, head to their new Tiki bar and indulge. ‘You can get fresh, healthy juices… and cocktails’, she laughs. It is a holiday resort, after all… Guests who want to enjoy the ultimate indulgence can take a short walk to the day spa. Sheltered from

the sun in another tent, the spa is fitted with fans and aircon to keep you cool and comfortable while you unwind. With massages on offer, as well as manicures and pedicures, Karma Reef Resort knows exactly what every heart desires. For those seeking activities, a prime turtle-spotting point is found just out front of the resort. Guests rent snorkelling gear and can explore on their own or try standup paddling or spend some time sightseeing on bicycles around the island. Sabine sums up, ‘We also organise day trips, diving trips and we even facilitate horseriding trips… Basically, anything our guests want!’. The team at Karma Reef Resort are dedicated to providing an experience of a lifetime! 63 Gililife


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SLOW SPA SLOWLY, SLOWLY GILI AIR

The ultimate in relaxation and indulgence, Slow Villas made their mark on the Gilis as soon as they opened 3 years ago. Nestled in the most tranquil corner of Gili Air, the resort is also home to Slow Spa - a space of calm for those who worship at the church of gratitude and self-love. The spa was added to the collection of Villas just 2 years ago, but has already proven to be incredibly popular. ‘It quickly evolved into a retreat space; it just felt like somewhere people could slow down and rethink their speed of life’, says Julie, owner and manager of the resort. With a whole host of luxuries to enjoy, Slow Spa radiates feelings of peace and the desire to just enjoy the present moment. The spa initially started offering massages and has now branched out to a menu packed with indulgent treatments. From sugar scrubs to oriental waxing (more Gililife 64

relaxing than it sounds!) and from facials to cream baths, everything is kept as authentic and natural as possible. ‘All the treatments are carried out using organic ingredients that originate from the garden’, she gestures towards the luscious surroundings, ‘The coconut oil is made on the island and we mix it with fresh aloe vera from the huge plantation here’. For those who are craving a true paradise experience, there are Pilates classes readily available, along with regular yoga retreats. Slow Spa runs around 6 retreats a year, with durations lasting between 5 days and 3 weeks for those who really need to turn up and tune out. Feeling good isn’t just about treatments and getting limber, which is why Julie has always been so keen to get involved in community work across the Gilis. Once a month, she hosts charity events for the business owners


www.slowgiliair.com on the island, giving everyone the chance to exchange ideas and have fun at the same time. The theme behind these events? Salsa, of course! Money raised from these monthly sessions goes to a local children’s charity. Another initiative that Julie was eager to set up was Slow’s artist exchange, where creative guests receive a complimentary stay at the resort and offer up something wonderful in return. ‘I’m trying to do something good for artists – I call it an ‘exchange of magic’. Slow is magical, so they share it with the world (often through social media) and then they share whatever magic they want to with me’, she explains, ‘it turns out really naturally great’. These artists

get involved with local community workshops, often teaching Poi or hula hooping or any kind of art to local children and guests. This is their form of magic and offers great entertainment to tourists on the island as well as in local schools. Despite the clear level of organisation behind the running of Slow Spa, Julie is incredibly laid back. Unsurprising, really, given the chilled lifestyle she promotes. We ask what the upcoming schedule is for these classes and events. In true keeping with the Slow approach to life, she smiles, ‘Oh, it just depends who flows in’. If you are interested in seeing what events are going on at Slow, check out @GiliNetworking on Facebook for more information.

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EVENTS

GILI BANGKIT FESTIVAL 15TH JUNE – 15TH JULY 2019 --------------------------

GILI AIR LOCAL CULTURE SLOW FOOD & YOGA FESTIVAL 20TH - 24TH JUNE 2019 --------------------------

BANGKIT IN BAHASA SASAK (THE LOCAL LANGUAGE OF LOMBOK) MEANS ‘TO RISE’. Gili Air Local Culture, Slow Food and Yoga Festival is a five day festival incorporated into the Gili Bangkit Festival and is intended to be a triumphant opportunity to highlight the indomitable spirit of The Gili Islands and to showcase the best of what Gili Air has to offer. Essentially it is a lifestyle festival, presenting the unique synthesis of local/regional Indonesian culture and newer international offerings to be found on Gili Air, but also to promote the island’s extraordinary natural beauty.

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The Slow Food & Yoga Festival offers guests the opportunity to get their shoes off, be vehicle-free and learn about the Gilis’ fascinating culture through a sampling of its arts and food without having to sacrifice the pleasures of great yoga and cuisine from acclaimed International and Indonesian chefs. Slow Food & Yoga Festival is a chance to step into a magical space outside of the frantic operations of normal life and drop our collective rhythms down a few notches! To that end we hope to attract some great yoga teachers with yoga events at venues around the island. The event has attracted top chefs and film-makers from the region to headline events at venues around Gili Air. Local stallholders will showcase regional specialties; food-foraging tours and cooking. Gili Bangkit Festival will also be hosting a triathalon; stick fighting; workshops from local artisans; musical performances; and dancing. Our intention for the festival grounds is to provide guests with a rare opportunity to learn about local Sasak culture. All the proceeds from Slow Food & Yoga Festival will be supporting educational initiatives in Gili and Lombok to include a zero-waste permaculture garden project to be set up at the local school as a way of fostering long-term sustainability initiatives for the Gili Islands. Sustainability is a big theme of the festival and the festival ground will have zero plastic or throwaway containers or packaging. The core team behind Gili Bangkit Festival is a collaboration of local and foreign stakeholders on the Gilis. It includes the current head of the three islands and owner of Biba Beach establishment which will headline one of the food events; Hero, celebrity chef and owner of Warung Sunny, who will head up local events; and Julie the owner of Slow Villas will manage the yoga and night-time food events.


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JULY 20th to 21st: This is Life Festival Gili Air

AUGUST 11th: Idul Adha

1st: Labour Day

1st: Pancasila Day

5th: Ramadan Begins

3rd to 4th: Lebaran Holiday

8th to 25th: Pesona Khazanah Ramadhan

5th to 6th: Hari Raya Idul Fitri

15th to 18th: Jamnas Ikatan Motor

19th: Waisak Day

7th: Lebaran Holiday 15th Jun to 15th Jul: Gili Bangkit Festival

18 Aug to 18 Sept: Bulan Pesona Lombok Sumbawa

30th: Ascension Day

17th: Independence Day

22nd to 23rd: Gunung Rinjani Rinjani 100

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2019 EVENTS SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 1st: Islamic New Year 18th to 21st: Festival Pesona Senggigi

OCTOBER 5th: Mandalika International Marathon

NOVEMBER 9th: Maulid 21st to 22nd: Pesona Desa Wisata 27th: Mandi Safar

DECEMBER 14th to 15th: Rinjani Golf Tournament 24th: Christmas Eve 25th: Christmas Day 31st: New Years Eve

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CHARITIES

NGOs & Charities on the Gili Islands

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TRASH HERO AIR The Trash Hero mission is to bring communities together to clean and reduce waste. We do this through: Action and Awareness. We pick up trash and we motivate others to do the same. By spending a few hours together picking up trash, people gain a profound understanding of the consequences of being careless about waste.

#trashherogiliair giliair@trashhero.org www.trashhero.org

GILI ECO TRUST A local non-profit organisation committed to coral reef restoration, waste management, beach cleans & events, zero-waste initiatives and recycling, environmental education, animal welfare and horse medical clinics, sustainable tourism incentives and much more! Based on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia.

@giliecotrust #plasticfreeparadise info@giliecotrust.com www.giliecotrust.com

SORAYA FOUNDATION & GILI PLAYGROUND Soraya Foundation Gili Air focuses on providing education for the people of the island, by organising English and Music classes for the primary school SD and by creating the first Montessori Kindergarten on Gili Air called Gili Playground.

#Gili-Playground #sorayafoundation Info@sorayafoundation.com www.sorayafoundation.com

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GILI SHARK CONSERVATION It is our mission to protect what we love. Our research team promotes conservation efforts through education and research. We collect data within the zones of the Gili Matra Marine Recreational Reserve to assess the health of the reefs and act to enhance marine protection and health where necessary. It is not just about the marine life and sharks, we also care about the environment. With our #plasticfreeparadise Campaign we try to create a plastic free paradise for the generations to come.

#gilisharkconservation sharks@gilisharkconservation.com www.gilisharkconservation.com

CATS OF GILI There are cats all over the beautiful Gili Islands in Indonesia. Cats Of Gili is a non-profit animal welfare project to help our feline islanders.

#CatsOfGili www.catsofgili.com

REFILL MY BOTTLE Refill your bottle & reduce plastic waste. Easily accessed through the mobile app or website, the RefillMyBottle map shows you nearby locations where you can refill your water bottle. Download the app to find where to refill your bottle!

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For us, it’s not just about the marine life and sharks, we also care about the environment. We want to create awareness for the use of single-use plastic and reduce the amount that’s being used on Gili Air. We created the campaign Plastic Free Paradise to help Gili Air to become plastic free! Our aim is to educate locals as well as tourists and provide information about how they can leave nothing but their footprints on beautiful Gili Air. Our #PlasticFreeParadise campaign is a wholehearted project that we are building on with new ideas. See here what we’re doing so far to become a Plastic Free Paradise!

#PlasticFreeParadise sharks@gilisharkconservation.com

PITUQ CO. A local non-profit NGO that supports less fortunate people around Lombok. For several years, the founders of Pituq Co. have been raising funds to support underprivileged people by donating much-needed supplies such as fresh water, sanitary items and learning aids for children. Following a multitude of natural disasters in the region in 2018, Pituq Co. has been donating basic supplies, organising trauma healing for the children and distributing school supplies as well as educating camps and villages about hygiene and sanitation. Pituq Co. is supported by Pituq Waroeng, a vegan restaurant on Gili Trawangan.

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Business for Sale or Rent - Gili Air

Property Name: Gilinta Villa

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Land Size: 1500m2 Situated only 100m from the beach. Includes 8 bungalows, a restaurant, reception area with 250m2 vacant land available to expand. This purchase includes a building permit.

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Business for Rent Gili Air

Property name: Fabian Homestay

Property Name: Jamaq Jamaq

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4 wooden bungalows with fans, situated in a quiet area on 200m2.

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Property Name: Firda Homestay Land Size: 212m2

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Property Name: H.N.R. Guesthouse

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Price: 1,300,000,000 IDR/$92,400.00 USD

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Property Name: Sunrise 2 Land Size: 600m2

Business for Rent - Gili Air Ref: BW0312

Property Name: Jibril Guesthouse

9 Modern clean Lumbung style bungalows, 2 of them double story with flat screen TV’s. Luxuries include bathtubs, beautiful gardens, a kitchen, bar and reception. The water tower and generator are included. Situated on a main road only 200m from the beach.

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Land for Sale - Gili Air (Ref: BW015)

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Land for Sale - Gili Meno (Ref: BW001)

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Land Size: 300m2. Own a piece of paradise in the heart of Gili Air. 10m Road frontage.

Land Size: 2HA 8900m2 Certificate SHM with 159m Beachfront Location.


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Land for Sale Gili Trawangan Ref: BW0408 & BW0409

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Price: 135,000,000 IDR/$9580.00 USD per 100m2

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Land for Rent Gili Air

Ref: BW076

Land Size: 8300m2 This vacant land is the last of it’s kind of Gili Air. Close to the harbor with sunrise and sunset views. Perfect for accommodation, restaurant, bar and dive center. Potential for subdivision.

Price: 450,000,000 IDR/$31,900.00 USD per 100m2

175m Beachfront in a prime location.

Ref: BW026

Land Size: 2500m2

One bungalow. SHM Certificate.

20m main road frontage situated only 100m from the beach. (negotiable)

Price: 235,000,000IDR / $16,770.00 USD per year

Land for Sale Gili Air

Villa for Rent

Land Size: 7400m2

Land Size: 1500m2

Ref: BW035

Beachfront Land on the West side of the island. Main Road frontage. Sunset Point. SHM Certificate.

Price 300,000,000 IDR/$21,407.00 USD per 100m2

Gili Trawangan Ref: BW022

Stylish Green Diamond Villa with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, SHM Certificate with a pool. Situated in lush surrounds.

Price: 175,000,000 IDR/$11,700.00 USD per year


GILI FRUIT

DATES

If you have ever eaten a fresh smooth skinned plump date, then you will remember the natural sweetness, the chewy texture and the feeling of well-being after consuming this energy packed fruit. The health benefits are numerous. Fructose is the main sugar ingredient, Vitamin B6, fiber, protein, potassium, magnesium copper, iron and manganese are all present. Dates are known to promote brain health and are packed with disease fighting antioxidants. Dates are of the Phoenix Dactyliferous species and are cultivated across the Middle East, Northern Africa and South Asia, including Indonesia. They grow on Date Palms which can reach a height of 23m and can take up to 8 years to produce fruit. Their history reaches as far back as 5530 BC. In fact, the Ancient Egyptians used dates to make wine and consumed them at harvest time. This delicious fruit plays a significant role in the month of Ramadan amongst the Muslim community. Dates are a symbol of power, triumph, wealth and abundance and are therefore a staple food during Ramadan. During the fasting month, it was recorded that the Prophet Muhammad used to break his fast with fresh dates or a glass of water. Muslims across the world follow this tradition and it is during this time, dates come into their own. Dates are oval shaped and their colours range from bright red to bright yellow. Munch on some dates for a healthier sweet option or add to smoothies and sauces for a sweet kick. Try to source plump fresh dates and snack your way to better health. Gililife 76


RECIPE SUBMITTED BY

OKA MEMES Gili Resident

INGREDIENTS 4 pieces of ripe banana 2 pieces of cassava 10 pieces of dates 600ml coconut milk 200g palm or brown sugar 250ml water

THIS WEEKS DELICIOUS RECIPE:

KOLAK

65g cane sugar or white sugar 2 Pandan leaves Salt to taste

This delicious dish is on the sweet side and has tropical flavors of bananas, fresh coconut, Pandan leaf, palm sugar and cassava. Kolak is also served for iftar, the Ramadan evening meal. Although Indonesians do not traditionally eat desserts, sweet foods are considered snacks and consumed throughout the day. This recipe is a family favorite and has been shared with love.

PREPARATION • Remove the skin and chop both the cassava and banana into approximately 4cm pieces. • Add the palm/brown sugar into the water and stir until the water is boiling on a low heat. • Add the Pandan leaves and salt to taste. • Mix in the cassava and stir for two minutes. After two minutes have passed, add in the banana and dates and stir for one minute until the banana pieces have started to brown and the dates have become soft. • Stir in the coconut milk and sugar and stir at a medium heat without letting the coconut milk separate. Be sure to check all of the fruit has softened before serving. Serving recommendations: This recipe serves up to 2 people. 77 Gililife


GILI RECIPE

RECIPE SUBMITTED BY

HERO

Owner of Sunny Warung

INGREDIENTS 500g clean lightly peeled turmeric 50g clean lightly peeled ginger 100g palm sugar/brown sugar ½ teaspoon of salt 50g tamarind fruit 3 pieces betel leaf

TRY THIS HEALTHY DRINK:

JAMU SEGER

1 stalk cinnamon 3 pieces of clove 3 pods cardamom 2 liters of water Optional: ¼ tablespoon of honey & a stalk of lemongrass

PREPARATION • Clean and chop the turmeric and ginger into 1cm slices and roast for five minutes until brown and leave to chill. This brings out the flavor of the spices. • Once the turmeric and ginger have reached room temperature, blend them well with the water. Once completely blended, strain the liquid. • Place the liquid back into a pot and mix in the sugar, tamarind, cardamon, cloves, salt and betel leaves. Simmer gently on a low heat for around 30 minutes. • Turn off the heat and once cooled, strain the mixture and store in a glass container in the fridge for up to a week. If storing at room temperature, Jamu will only last for a maximum of 24 hours. For a refreshing twist, add ice, honey and a lemon grass stalk for presentation. Serving suggestions: This recipe serves up to 10 people and can be served cold or at room temperature. Local Indonesian women take Jamu up to 3 times a week for beauty and men like to mix in a raw egg for strength. Cook’s note: It is possible to use dried turmeric and ginger if you cannot find fresh ginger in your local store.

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