The Gili Islands win for my first turtle snorkel spotting. The four of us hired a boat for a day, which took us to nearby waters around Gili Air and Gili Meno. The coral was fantastic and there was plenty of fish (plus a couple turtles) to appease the eyes. While we explored the ocean, my sister and I also explored the land. While most of the excitement is on the coast of the island, my sister and I decided to cut across the island to get to the other side instead of following the shoreline. We had a map that was of little use because the roads mapped out were near impossible to find. Instead, we found the island covered in dirt, unmarked paths. So we got lost. Happily lost. We passed through a small village, beautiful palm tree groves, and eventually found our way to the ocean again. Amazing.
Next up? The magic of Bali.