Life couldn't have felt much more like paradise on Gili Air! As we arrived on the boat heading over from Lombok we couldn't believe the colour of the water. The turquoise you only see on postcards or the internet was finally a reality. As we're down to the last week of traveling now we pushed the boat out and treated ourselves to an air con room to let us sleep through the heat. Splashing out on a £10 room meant lots of home cooking on the trangia. Breakfast was routinely eggy bread which was insanely cheap and tasty and usually kept up going until tea time while we were suitably distracted by snorkeling.
Snorkeling in Gilli Air involved our first encounters with a turtle and a sea snake. The fish were beautiful too but the sea turtle was just amazing. The graceful way it swims through the water with ease occasionally surfacing for a gulp of air and then descending again to nibble on the coral. The sea snake however was a slightly different experience. As it slithered towards us along the bottom of the sea bed and rose up and came scarily close to us we backed up. Still non the wiser as to whether they could be dangerous but we weren't hanging around any longer to find out the hard way.
2 days on Gili Air turned into 4, before we ventured to the next Gili across from us, Gili Meno.