We were only on tour in Indonesia in June, but already it feels like a lifetime ago. After a week in Bali shooting for Creative Holidays, we headed to Gili Trawangan and Lombok’s main island for one of the most whirlwind island visits I’ve ever done. Four hours on Gili T, three hours on Lombok. Turns out we weren’t the only ones on a tight schedule. David Hasselhoff was also on Gili Trawangan doing a private dive in a secluded spot. The locals told us the only people who visit Gili T for a few hours were us and The Hoff.
After hunting for fashion in Vintage Delivery’s new sister store (post coming soon) and a quick dive, we headed over to the mainland of Lombok to shoot the sunset. It was my first time on the island and all I wanted to do was stay longer. Lombok Island is like Bali 30 years ago with a terrain that was made for epic adventures. There are mountains to climb up and mountain bike down, jungle trails to hike and local wildlife that’ll give you nightmares. I was half asleep in our mini van as we headed to the airport when our tour guide decided to tell us about the Komodo dragon – a large species of lizard found on the island that can grow up to three metres in length and weigh 70 kilograms. The last thing I took in before I fell into a deep sleep was that the Komodo can smell blood more than a kilometre away so ladies need to be careful when it’s their ‘special time’. Sweet dreams didn’t happen, but bad dreams and scary lizards aside, the islands of Lombok are well worth a visit.
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1. Gili Trawangan, Lombok – Indonesia.
There are no cars on the island of Gili T, just these horse-drawn carts. Photo by Lizi Hamer for Creative Holidays.
2. Gili Trawangan, Lombok – Indonesia.
Sipping on coconuts with a splash of spiced rum while waiting for our boat to take us to the mainland. Photo by Lizi Hamer.
3. Gili Trawangan, Lombok – Indonesia.
Love the lights hanging off these branches and the imperfectness of this wharf. Photo by Lizi Hamer for Creative Holidays.
4. Gili Trawangan, Lombok – Indonesia.
The water is so aqua and translucent it’s hard to look away – it’s just incredible. Photo by Lizi Hamer for Creative Holidays.
5. Somewhere between Gili Trawangan and Lombok Island – Indonesia.
It was the coconut that just kept going so I took it with me – the water was crazy choppy, but I sacrificed stability for the coconut. Photo by Lizi Hamer.
6. Lombok Island – Indonesia.
The coastline of Lombok is home to some of the most beautiful palm-fringed beaches I’ve ever seen.
7. Lombok Island – Indonesia.
Laughing with Lizi – pretty sure it had something to do with the rum-infused coconut we’d just had. Photo by Jamil Hassan.
8. Lombok Island – Indonesia.
An Indonesian palm blowing in the breeze on a perfect summers day.
9. Lombok Island – Indonesia.
Wished we could have stayed here longer to watch the sunset – it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. Photo by Lizi Hamer.
10. Lombok Island – Indonesia.
Lizi and Jamil were busy shooting from the temple that was behind me, so I just took this one shot and chilled out alone in the moment.