All Gili Islands are worth visiting, even for once in your life. Gili Meno is one of the famous trio here, located in the northwest of Lombok, Indonesia. Although it is the smallest island and situated in the middle of the other two, Gili Trawangan and Gili Air, you had better not skip it.
It is true that Gili Meno is also the quietest, with fewer tourists every year, unlike the other two. However, it is very suitable for you who are looking for a Robinson-Crusoe holiday style. Whether you are a newlywed couple or someone who wants to get away from the crowd for a while, this island is definitely for you.
Gili Meno only has about 300 locals who live there. The palm trees and grass on the island are a common sight, including the cows munching lazily there. Just like the other two Gili Islands, motorized vehicles are not allowed in the isle. You can only walk, ride a bicycle or a horse-drawn carriage called “cidomo” if you want to explore the island.
Gili Meno Attractions:
There are three (3) major diving sites in Gili Meno that you should visit:
- Meno Wall.
- Sea Turtle Point.
- Blue Coral Point.
Another attraction that you should not miss is Meno’s Bird Sanctuary or Bird Park. Created by an Australian businessman who lives in Bali, this sanctuary is full of tropical birds. There are flamingos, macaws, pelicans, parrots, eagles, and much more. See them fly in rainbow-like colors way above your head.
How to Get to Gili Meno:
Surely, there are suggestions to visit all three islands while you are in Gili Islands. If you want to take a public boat from Bangsal Harbour, you must wait for other travelers who are willing to go to other gili. The boat only leaves once there are at least 20 people in it.
Chartering the boat by yourself is also an option, although it may cost you more money than sharing it with other passengers. Check the arrival and departure schedules in the harbor.
Staying in Gili Meno:
As mentioned earlier, Gili Meno is the smallest and the quietest island located in the middle of the other two Gilis. When it comes to getting the accommodation, there are Rose Bungalow and Divine Divers Resort (the last one is the favorite place for divers or people who just want to go snorkeling and diving for fun).
Once again, Gili Meno is perfect if you are looking for a short escapade from the noisy, busy crowd. Enjoy peace and solitude here.