When I saw the aerial picture of this island in Facebook, I just fell in love with it. I was double-checking my trip to Indonesia as I knew where to go already, basically everything was planned. The tour was perfect, nearly 20 days visiting the most popular highlights of Indonesia throughout Java, Bali, Lombok and Gili Islands. But for some reason (or coincidence) the life put in front of my eyes a stunning picture of this island bringing up the option to go there. I didn’t even know where exactly the island was located but if I didn’t mind ( I didn’t care to be honest) where about it was, I only wanted to go somehow. I messaged the guy for which I saw the picture in Facebook as he probably could give me information about that island. His answer was quick and he gave the name of the island as well as few links to get further information. What was my surprise? This heart-shaped island was located in Lombok, not too far from the places we planned to go. Then again, we re-planned our trip even though my friends weren’t sure of that, due to the idea of spending one night under the starts (with no shower and light basically). I didn’t mind what they thought, I only wanted to go and that was it!
We knew how to get there, it was planned perfectly, but you can’t plan anything as a backpacker. A taxi would have driven along the coast to the nearest point of the island and then a local boat would have sailed to it. But for coincidence again, we met a local guy with a boat which took us straight to the island. We did deal the price for two days and we had our own private local boat for only 500.000 rupiahs each (20£). We were sailing more than two hours along the Lombok coast, it was amazing!! We first stopped in Gili Sudak, a small island next to Gili Kedis with a local restaurant and a hotel. Fresh fish and rice with a coconut was our lunch..mmmm…..yummy!!
After more than two hours sailing along the Lombok’s coast and our break in Gili Sudak, we finally arrived to Gili Kedis, that small heart-shaped desert island, which was our home for two days and one night. Yes, we had our own island, it’s incredible… a dream came true and perhaps we felt totally full of happiness. We were alone, nobody was in there, only us. A small wooden house was our dinning and sleeping area, it was perfect. It seemed like that wooden house was built specially for us. Being surrounded by only water in a small piece of land made me feel unique; but also made me think of how happy you could be with only few things rather than luxury. Once settled, we only had one more thing to do: enjoy our small heart-shaped private island. I probably saw in Gili Kedis the most beautiful sunset ever (check my Facebook page to see the time-lapse sunset video). Once the sun faded into the horizon, the sky became even more colourful. First in colour blue and then in purple. But the nature surprised us when the sky became full of red, like the Earth planet was bleeding out. I will never forget that moment, we were sat on the shore, in silence; we even weren’t able to say a word. That moment was for us, and forever!
The night was fine, long but funny. We couldn’t sleep at all due to the uncomfortable wooden house, but that was our island, our private island, our small heart-shaped private island; we didn’t care about how much uncomfortable the wooden-house was, you know why? Because there is no such a price in the world to pay that feeling. We woke up at 2.00 am thinking that we might have seen turtles as our captain commented, but unfortunately the turtles didn’t come. At least we saw few start-fish which got stuck in the shore due to tide. At 7.00 am our captain was waiting us. It’s so early mate, let us have our breakfast at least!! We said to him. So after breakfast and packing… our local boat transported us into the next adventure: I will write about it soon!
If you want to visit Gili Kedis, you will find different options from Lombok; we hired a local boat from Senggigi (North West) for two days. The price was reasonable good and the experience amazing! If you are in Bali or Lombok, keep in mind Gili Kedis as you will live an unforgettable experience.
Here Gili Kedis location