So, my plans of posting in Bali sort of fell short didn’t they? However, I’m still here for a few more days, so I’m not a complete failure. But things kind of got in the way y’know like beer and beaches and…cat catching.
No that’s not a typo. I really was roaming around Gili T with cat baskets trying to rugby tackle the strays and scoop up the sickly ones. A glamorous life, I know. But it was actually so much fun.
I was there for two weeks (definitely got caught in the Gili T bubble) staying at The Broken Compass Hostel for the first part (highly recommended) and then next door at Kidi’s Homestay for the second part.
I bought a return boat ticket from Kuta, which also included a bus transfer to and from the port, for 500,000 IDR. It shouldn’t cost much more than this, so be careful when you buy as a lot of places try to rip you off.
The boat usually takes a couple of hours and can be bumpy on the way out, so if you get sea sick maybe pop a couple of anti-travel sickness tablets just in case.
Even if you do feel a bit queasy, it’s all forgotten once you rock up on the beautiful white sands of Gili T. Honestly, it’s so beautiful. I’ve actually been to Gili T three times now and the beaches never fail to amaze me.
Thanks to its delightful beaches and waters, Gili T is the perfect place to go snorkelling or diving. You’re pretty much guaranteed to see a turtle, so if you want to befriend some sea creatures make sure you book a trip and go exploring.
If you’re not busy doing that, there are PLENTY of beach bars to go to and grab a cocktail or a Bintang, my favourite being Sama Sama.
Food-wise I love Kayu Cafe and Pituq Cafe as they’re veggie friendly and organic. But it you want something quick and cheap, there are many local delights like Nasi Goreng and fresh fish to be found at the Night Market and warungs for like, a quarter of the price.
One of the best ways to see the island though is to hire a good old-fashioned bicycle, which you can usually rent for about 30,000 IDR for the day.
You can actually cycle all the way around in an about hour (unless you’re embarrassing slow and unfit like me) and there’s tonnes of pretty spots to stop at and watch the sunset.
Looks pretty dreamy, right?
Well it gets even better my friends as there’s a shit load of cats there (soz if you don’t like cats), who are all helped by the lovely charity Cats of Gili where I was volunteering for 5 days.
Basically, me and a few other volunteers would meet in the morning, grab some cat baskets and head out to catch the strays and poorly ones.
They would then be treated, spayed, neutered, wormed and de-flea’d. While I was there we treated about 80 cats in total. Plus, I came away scratch-free!
Miracles do happen.
Thankfully, not only is there a cat clinic that runs 3 times a year, but also a horse clinic.
If you’ve ever been to Gili T then you’ll know about the overworked cart and carriage ponies. For such a beautiful island, the cruelty that takes place there definitely spoils it the whole ‘paradise’ vibe and it’s really upsetting, so it’s such a relief on my third visit to see some kind of action taking place.
I believe the horse clinic treated about 200 horses over 5 days when I was there, which is amazing, and the owners are now getting educated on how to look after them.
By no means is the cruelty over, but I have to say what a difference I’ve seen since my first visit to the island in 2014.
So yeah, that’s Gili T for you!
I’m currently sitting in a cafe in the spiritual hippie haven that is Ubud trying not to vom listening to someone’s conversation about finding themselves in a waterfall.
But in true Eat Pray Love style I’m off to a Yoga Retreat in the hillside tomorrow to try and be all zen and bendy.
Wish me luck!