Due to it’s central location, you’d think Gili Meno would be the centre of attention, but this shy little island happily hides in the shadows of its siblings. Fewer tourists reach these shores, which make it the perfect retreat for those seeking some peace and absolute quiet.
Empty warungs situated along even more empty beaches, the Robinson Crusoe type would feel right at home on Meno. With its minimal development, step back in time to an Indonesia of the seventies or eighties. How would we spend a day on Meno? Book in hand with our better half in tow.
Insider Info: If you are looking for a night out on this super quiet island, The Brotherhood Gili Meno will provide, a small reggage bar located off the shores of the central salt lake.
Accommodation on Gili Meno
It wasn’t that long ago that we were all sleeping in basic barugas on the beach. Accommodation on Gili Meno has definitely come a long way since then. From hostels to homestays to hotels, Gili Meno has a huge variety of places to stay. And of course, the beach barugas will always be an option!
Cafes, Restaurants & Bars:
From the north, east, south and of course west, Gili Meno offers up a huge variety of feeds. Enjoy a cheap street-side nasi campur or beach-side seafood platter. Imported coffee or exported beer. Exotic night market or classic pizza joint. The Gilis have got your dietary requirements covered.
Things to Do on Gili Meno
All dive sites around the Gili Islands are coral fringed and teeming with an impressive array of marine life ranging from “guaranteed” turtle sightings on every dive to black & white tip reef sharks and the occasional whale shark, manta ray and even mola mola passing by.
Freediving / Apnea
Learn to become a breath-hold diver. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced freediver, the range of courses on Gili Meno will train you to be more efficient with oxygen and provide you with the skills necessary to have you diving to depths of up to 20m in no time. For some, Apnea may be about diving deep and conquering inner fears while for others it’s a way to peacefully interact with the underwater world.
Gili Meno has several amazing snorkel sites around the island. Masks & fins are abundantly available for rent at several kiosks, dive shops and resorts. Please bear in mind that the currents can get a little strong at full and new moon and it is not advisable to attempt swimming between the islands. You can also book snorkeling trips around the 3 Gilis, Gili Air, Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan.
Other water sport
Gili Meno is a great place for all kinds of watersports, from water skiing & wakeboarding to SUP stand up paddle boarding and the newest fun water activity Subwing.
Are you looking to feel completely connected to your mind, body and spirit? Take a breather from regular island life and sign yourself up for one of the yoga classes or retreats available on Gili Meno.
Nightlife on Gili Meno
Gili Meno is the quietest and most laid back island of the three Gilis. There are no weekly partys, but some bars have life music once in a while.
Massage and Spa
Several resorts and villas offer massages but you can also find salons dedicated to a wide range of “urut”, traditional massages and other treatments.
Watch the Sunset
Head to the west side of the island, sit back with a couple of beers and watch the colors of the sky change as the sun sinks behind Bali’s Mount Agung.
Cycle around Gili Meno
You can cycle around Gili Meno in less than an hour for a healthy workout or cycle at your own leisurely pace and really get to know the island. Don’t forget to bring water and your snorkel equipment.
Island Hopping between Gili Air, Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan
All three islands have their own unique style and a day spent island hopping is a good way to discover the Gili islands of your dreams. Each island is within short distance of the other and the waters between the Gilis are usually calm. Charter a local boat for a day of exploring, or arrange a package tour around the Gili islands that includes snorkelling and lunch on a one of the other Gili islands. There is an island hopper boat commuting twice a day between Gili Air, Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan. And a public speed boat running every hour from Bangsal (Lombok) via Gili Air and Gili Meno to Gili Trawangan.
The island hopper boat leaves Gili Meno to Gili Trawangan at 8:45 am and 3:15 pm and to Gili Air at 9:45 am and 4:30 pm.
Feel free to share the sunshine!