Gili Meno Island – Unique Mix Of Gili Trawangan and Gili Air

Gili Meno is the part of the three Gili Islands. Just like its brothers, this island has been known for its tourism too. The island is small and the population is just about 500. The size of the island is just about 2 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide. The population is also lower than the other 2 islands. It makes this island the mellowest of the 3 islands. From Gili Trawangan, this island is just a kilometer. This is not too far and easy to access. And when it talks about the beach, Gili Meno truly has the better beaches compared to Gili Trawangan and Gili Air.

The Location of Gili Meno

The position of Gili Meno is in the middle of the 3 islands, on the northeast of mainland Lombok. It is about one kilometer from Gili Trawangan. Compared to the other Gili Islands, this is the smallest one. It is also quiet, quieter than the other islands. But in term of the beauty, this is no doubt. Thanks to the quietness, it has become a popular destination for honeymoon.

Population and Culture

The population of Gili Meno is about 500. It concentrated on the center of the island. The most people in this island are Muslim. For that, Islam is the main dogma here. But unlike the other Gili Islands, Gili Meno is more modest. Even walking through the village by wearing a bikini top is still acceptable. But still, it should be avoided. Beach is the more recommended place to wear bikini or sunbathing topless. Alcohol is still acceptable too, but drunken behavior is taboo. Pork is not available here. This is unusual in this island. But a few number of expat owned places offer it. People in Gili Meno is very kind. They are religious too. If you visit this island, just make sure to treat them with the same manner. Respect them and gratitude for their kindness.

How to Get to Gili Meno

Gili Meno is easy to access. You can get there from Bali, Lombok or Gili Trawangan. From Bali, you can get Amed Sea Express. It operates twice daily with the high speed boat. The boats depart on Amed, East coast of Bali at 10.00 am and 03.30 pm. With this transportation, you can get to Gili Meno at 11.30 am and 05.00 pm. The cost of this transportation is about IDR 600,000 one way and IDR 1,100,000 return.

From Lombok, there are 3 available options to get to Gili Meno. You can pick between public boat, shuttle boat and charter boat. You can get public boat at Bangsal at 10.00 am, 02.00 pm and 05.00 pm. The cost of public boat is about IDR 12,000 at 10 am and IDR 20,000 at 2 pm and 5 pm. But if it looks unsafe, it will be better to take the other boat. Shuttle boat is also accessible at Bangsal. It operates at 5 pm and the official price is IDR 27,000. But if you want to take charter boat to Gili Meno, the cost will be IDR 170,000 for one way and IDR 320,000 return.

If you want to get to Gili Meno from Gili Trawangan, you can take Island Hopping Boat or Charter Boat. The boat operates at 9.30 am and the price is IDR 20,000. But if you want to get charter boat, the cost to Gili Meno is about IDR 190,000 one way and IDR 350,000 return.

What to Do

The main attraction of Gili Meno is the beaches. This island has been known for the beautiful beaches. But instead of enjoying the view of the beach, there are the other things to do here. If you want, you can try these ones.

  • Diving. Gili Meno has the beautiful sea. The sea is blue and looks clear. You can see the beautiful water world here. Facility for this activity is pretty complete too. You can ask to the local service such as Blue Marlin, Divine Divers or Gili Meno Divers for this.
  • Snorkeling. With the clear water, snorkeling will be more enjoyable. Gili Meno has several good spots for this. The gear is also easy to find. You can hire it at café or hotel. The cost is also pretty affordable. With IDR 30,000, you can get snorkeling gear and enjoy the sea. If you are looking for a good spot, just try the beach in front of the Good Heart Café. There a chance to see turtles here. On the west coast also has an important dive site with the healthy reef life.
  • Walking. It can also be a fun activity in Gili Meno. The gentle stroll and the friendly environment make Gili Meno good for walkers. Compared to the other 2 Islands, it has the nicest walk. Try this in the afternoon and start it from the northwest at 4.30 pm. At 6.15 pm to 6.45 pm, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset too. But if you want to walk in the morning, you can enjoy the fresh air as well.

Accommodation at Gili Meno

There is something unique about the accommodation at Gili Meno. In here, you cannot expect for the top level of accommodation just like in Gili Trawangan. But you can try Thai style huts on the beach. You can find it in the main beaches. Beside it, this is very popular in Gili Meno. Bungalows are also available here. If you want to enjoy the delicious foods, there are several places to try such as Bibi’s café, The Jungle Bar, Malia’s Child and The Rust Bar.

Summary

Gili Meno is truly a tropical paradise. With the relaxing environment and the quietness, it can be a perfect destination for the new couples. This is a good place for honeymoon. The attractive activities are waiting the tourists too. Diving, snorkeling or just walking around will never be more exciting than this. The Thai style huts are just interesting. It allows you to get a unique experience. But if you want to visit this island, make sure to prepare anything including the accommodation. This is the best way to get the best experience at Gili Meno.