Gili Meno is the quietest of the three Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok. If you are looking for true island life, made up of lazy afternoons by the beach basking in the sun, along with a quieter feel, then Gili Meno will be for you. There are many accommodation options on the island, including luxury villas and cheap guesthouses. In the northwest of Gili Meno sits a beautiful saltwater lake, in the dry season the water evaporates, and the salt is then used for salt production.
When arriving by boat, Gili Meno's crystal clear water sparkling below you is a beautiful welcome onto the island. The island stretches out two kilometres long and one kilometre wide, it is the least developed of the islands. A total walk around the island takes under two hours. As the sun fades away, watch the stars above begin to shine through in this untouched tropical paradise.
Due to the island's tranquil pace, it brings just a small list of things to do. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular past times for travellers, and the entire coastline provides a choice of beautiful sea life to explore. For scuba diving, Meno Wall is one of the top diving spots, in the northwest coast.
Back on land, discovering the island by bike is a scenic way to get to know your surroundings. Weather temperatures in the Gili’s can heat up, so be sure always to pack water.
Along the beach, visit the Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary, just a small stretch off the beach and home to many pools filled with baby turtles. The sanctuary's focus is on helping them survive before their release into the ocean, with 500 baby turtles hatching each year.
Gili Meno is a quiet, scenic escape perfect for unwinding and savouring island life.
Located right on the white sandy shores of the tropical Gili Meno Island, Seri Resort Gili Meno offers an amazing and homey beachfront accommodation with an outdoor pool, free WiFi access in all areas of the property.
The property is about a 15-minute boat ride from the neighbouring Gili Trawangan Island. Padang Bai Harbour in Bali is reachable within 1.5 hours by fast boat. Getting to Lombok Praya International Airport from the property will take around a 20-minute boat ride to Bangsal Harbour and another 2-hour drive.
Each of the modern and cosy bungalow at Seri Resort Gili Meno provides a flat-screen cable TV with DVD player, air conditioning, wardrobe, seating area, and a minibar. There is also an en suite bathroom featuring shower facility complete with free toiletries. Guests can enjoy either sea view or garden view from the terrace.
Facilities offered at the property include water sports facilities, a shared lounge and a tour desk. An array of activities can be enjoyed with additional fee on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, horse riding and fishing. The staff at the front desk are available from 07:00 to 23:00 and can assist with arranging massages or yoga sessions.
For dining option, the on-site Seri Restaurant serves an array of delectable Indonesian and western dishes.
Boasting stylish bungalows on the beach, AVIA Villa Resort is located in Gili Meno, 2.1 km from Gili Trawangan. The tranquil resort has a year-round outdoor pool and stunning sea view. There is an on-site restaurant for guests to enjoy a meal. You can find free WiFi in all areas.
Designed with a natural style with comfort in mind, every room at this hotel is air-conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. You can spend a relaxing time on the sun loungers by the beach, or in the seating areas of your private bungalow. An electric kettle is provided for guests who wish to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Every room is fitted with an open-plan en suite bathroom.
The staff of AVIA Villa Resort will welcome you at the 24-hour front desk. Room service and laundry service are available by request.
Set in Gili Meno, 2.8 km from Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno Eco Hostel features a restaurant and bar. Guests can enjoy bonfires on the beach or snorkelling in front of the property.
The open-air bamboo rooms and dormitories at this accommodation are equipped with mosquito nets. The shared bathrooms use eco-friendly compost toilets and bamboo showers with fresh and salt water. There is dry cleaning services at the property.
Guests can mingle with other travellers in the common area or at the on-site Shanti-Shanti beach bar.
You can enjoy banana pancakes with tea or coffee for breakfast, or indulge in woodfire pizza for dinner.
The Gili Island's underwater statues have become somewhat of an icon in Indonesia. Nest, which was designed by Jason deCaires Taylor is located off the coast of Gili Meno. The statues were installed in 2017 and ever since, snorkelers and divers have been flocking to the islands to witness these incredible figures standing on the ocean floor. Here, the outline of the sculptures merges into the surrounding natural environment. However, the statues were not just placed there as art; they are part of a more extensive project for environmental conservation towards creating an artificial reef.
Visit at your own accord or join one of the tours by local companies taking you from the shore to the site. Make sure you don't forget your underwater camera! The statues are an incredible tourist destination and attraction to visit; however, keep in mind that the reef is an attempt to preserve and grow marine life. Take your snorkels and flippers to explore the area comfortably, or hire the gear on the island. The water temperature is warm; therefore, a wetsuit won't be needed and a bathing suit will suffice.
The sculptures sit off Gili Meno, and the circle of 48 figures stand together. Both snorkelers and divers can reach the site, with it submerged just four metres underwater. Over time, the sculptures will begin to cover in coral, which will help to generate a reef flourishing with sponges and coral. Marine life flows in abundance surrounding the statues, with colourful fish, black and white tip reef sharks, turtles and moray eels for you to encounter.
Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary was initiated to help preserve the turtle wildlife on the island. Turtle breeding is a unique process and unlike any other, yet with this comes many newborn deaths. The sanctuary’s focus is to protect the turtles by allowing them to grow in a sheltered area. Once the turtles are fully grown, they are released into the water on their own (which only happens every few months). To be a part of the release a small fee is required which is donated back to the turtle sanctuary.
The sanctuary is a tiny patch of beach and relies on donations to keep it alive. Don’t be confused by the name; it is a private initiative and just a small area off the beach. Several shallow pools stand with turtles divided according to their age. The turtle sanctuary can easily be missed, with a sign under corrugated iron pointing you in the right direction. However, even though it is a small initiative, it makes a big difference in the turtle population. Your support and donations keep the sanctuary alive and help feed the growing turtles so that they can then be released into the wild. During your stay on Gili Meno, take a wander down and visit the Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary to learn about these beautiful creatures.