A glowing glory of golden beach sand encircles the 2 x 3-kilometer island of Gili Trawangan. The turquoise blue water is clear as glass and if you submerge your head just a few meters from the coast, you will uncover a world of living corals and colorful tropical fish. The Gili Islands are Indonesia’s version of the Maldives, and our first morning on the small island was absolutely enchanting.

An unrelenting symphony orchestra of crazy roosters are gaining momentum as the sun slowly climbs the horizon and bathe everything in a flaming orange light. A dog is finding it’s way down to the beach to have a roll around in the sand next to a couple of fishermen throwing their wire out to catch the first fish of the day. Soon after the soft spellbinding waves are disturbed by a caravan of motorboats bringing fresh supplies: food and tourists.

It is morning on the small island, Gili Trawangan, located along the northwestern coast of Lombok. Just 25 years ago the island – and the two smaller neighboring islands, Gili Air and Gili Meno – was completely uninhabited but today the rugged island is transformed into a small diving paradise.

This is the main reason why we have travelled here. And we can’t wait for the sun to climb a bit higher so we can jump into the water and snorkel around the island. Until then it is fascinating to look at the myriad of life that occurs along the small harbor. Looking at the cargo – which the locals are carrying ashore either by foot or carriage – it becomes clear that there is nothing on Gili. Only tourists. Who apparently drinks a lot of water and Bintang – the Indonesian beer.

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