Gili Trwangen – a true tropical paradise. Why did it take us so long to get here? I knew about the three tiny islands off the coast of Lomboc and thought they’d be a nice stop on this trip. But I didn’t think hard enough about just how sweet a tiny tropical island that disallowed all motor vehicles might be.

Aquamarine waters lapping a white sand beach. Fishing boats anchored offshore. A walkway lined with restaurants featuring sizzling barbecued fish fresh from the Bali Bay and peopled with eclectic travelers from all corners of the globe. Music and nightlife for all those who care to partake, quiet shaded lanes, bungalows featuring breezy porches and hammocks. In short, the tropical island paradise that all us temperate zone dwellers dream about.

And this is just Gili Trwangen – the largest and most touristed of the three Gili islands. I can only imagine the tranquility that awaits on Gili Air and Gili Meno.

Well, we finally made it and I fully intend to make the most of my three days here.

Halfway into Day Two and still dizzy with paradise. Woke up and walked across the sand for a dip and a float in the sparkling sea. Then biked with my sweet daughter across the island to watch waves lap the opposite shore and see locals load up their boats with brush and cast off.

No cars, smiling faces, everyone relaxing on island time.