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Violent vomiting across the Wallace line

INDONESIA | Sunday, 13 July 2008 | Views [1968] | Comments [2]

"Is that it?" Yuki looked decidedly dubious. 

The GiliCat was described as the fastest way to get from Bali to the Gili Islands off the northern coast of Lombok, but the boat before us looked tiny. Divided by the Wallace Line, Bali and Lombok appear very close on a map, but this disguises the fact that the ocean that runs between them is one of the deepest in the world which can be witnessed by boiling currents and wild waves.

Half an hour later I was vomiting violently into a sick bag while balancing a  vomiting three year old on my knee and doing my best to ensure that he didn't crack his head open as the boat leapt wildly into the air from swell to swell. 

If this had been a bus journey we definitely would have just got off. By the time our 90 minutes of torture was up, most of Kai's vomit was suitably smeared over my World Nomads t-shirt.

Quite, quite disgusting.

So, travel tip: if you are on Bali and anyone tries to sell you a GiliCat boat ticket to Lombok, just laugh, run the other way and go and buy a flight ticket. They are slightly cheaper, twice as safe and much more comfortable. What's the point in getting somewhere faster if you are so sick and stinky when you get there you just want to feign being dead for the rest of the day?

Or worse. While the boat of new and fast and has life jackets and probably wouldn't sink, I'd predict it'll only be a matter of time before they get flipped in seas like that, and then what happens and how fast the rescue comes would be none too pretty.

(Sorry, no photo's to prove this story is true as I don't have six arms like Shiva)

This isn't actually our worst boat travel story, although we were at least in the same part of the world. One day I'll get around to writing about a little village on the island of Flores called Nggela and the bus ride there and boat trip out: every time we remember this it brings on fits of giggles because it was so far out there and so absurd!

Tags: bali, disaster, ferry, lombok, more vomit, travel with children, vomit




Oh my gosh! Sounds soooo miserable! My motto, "Always carry Dramamine!"

  annanderson Nov 28, 2008 12:07 PM


Wallace and vomit eh =P

  kay Nov 5, 2009 3:06 AM

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