The pristine shores of Gili MenoGili Meno, Gili Islands
Nestled among the pristine shores of the Gili Islands lies the smallest islet of three - Gili Meno. Peaceful, under developed and just two kilometres long and one kilometre wide, Gili Meno draws in travellers looking for a quieter escape.
From small local cafes and fish grilled on the beach, to lazing the days away in a hammock or playing chess with the locals, days on Gili Meno are slower than other touristy hotspots in Indonesia.
Enjoy the powdery white sands and turquoise waters to the sounds of reggae music setting the pace in the background.
But despite the calmer stride of the island, under water holds a difference scene. This is where the island really comes alive, with turtles and tropical fish darting around colourful coral reefs, graceful manta rays and reef sharks gliding through the glimmering ocean and Moray eels and cuttlefish coming out to party at night.
It's enough to live out your wildest Blue Lagoon fantasy.
- The abundance of wildlife, including turtles. There’s even a small turtle sanctuary you can visit.
- It’s not just beach – there’s a saltwater lake in the middle of the island, which is great for bird watching.
- It’s really quiet. You won’t find many shops, ATMs, or nightlife on Meno.
- There’s a late night music ban, so if you want to party, this isn’t the place for you.
- It’s small, slow and undeveloped. There’s not a lot around, but that’s it’s appeal.
The easiest way to get to Gili Meno is on an island hopper boat from Gili Trawangan, which takes about 15 minutes, or a 25 minute boat ride from Bangsal Harbor in Lombok.