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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.

get there

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.

  • Basic amenities available at small local kiosks
  • Dive shops offering snorkel and diving gear
  • Resorts and hotels

Approximately US$1.72 for an island hopper boat tour.

This tip was provided by Wonderful Indonesia, but we’re sharing it with you because we think it’s great.

Tags: Gili Islands, Gili Meno, indonesia, island, Meno, slow tourism, tropical island, turtles, wildlife

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