So this may not seem like a big deal to you, but we’ve been trying to find turtles since the first day of this trip over 3 months ago. In fact, the main reason for our trip to Ko Tao was to find some. We were under the impression that since Ko Tao means “trutle island” that the waters around it would be filled with turtles. It turns out that the island got its name because it looks like a turtle, not because they live there.
We meet a couple in Boracay that told us that they saw a bunch of turtles during their trip to the Gili islands a few years before. The Gili islands are a group of 3 tiny islands between Bali and Lombok. These islands are so small that you can walk around them in about and hour and kayak between all three. Our first few days in Bali were spent in the Kuta area, crammed with more Australians and drunk people (wait…I think those two are the same) than Phuket. It didn’t take us very long to hop on a boat to these fabled islands to try and find some sea turtles.
When we arrived at Gili Trawangan we were pleased to see their were no motorized vehicles allowed on the island. A few donkey carts were waiting for to pick up the passengers who, for some reason, thought having a rolling suitcase was a good idea when traveling to islands with sand roads. Sam and I talked t0 a lot of people with a lot of different opinions as to which island was the best to stay on. So instead of taking their word for it we decided we were going to stay on all of them!
Luckily for us the change in plans as paid off. We’ve seen a few turtles everyday we gone out snorkeling. They are amazing t0 watch, when they swim it looks like they are flying, and the way they chomp on coral makes me very careful that they don’t get to close to my fingers. Also luckily for us the turtles are not shy around people, allowing Sam to take over 400 photos of them (not joking). Hope you enjoy some the the best pictures…Well, see you later.