Only two kilometers long and one wide, Gili Meno is the smallest of the three Gili islands. It is also the most peaceful and underdeveloped. You can walk around it in less than two hours and the one thing that makes it really unique is that it has the cleanest ocean around it and the most beautiful beaches. Also, there is a beautiful shallow salt lake located on the west side of the island. Because it is so quiet and you can count stars at night, it is a perfect place for a romantic gateway and for honeymooners. Most visitors are attracted to Gili Meno for the lure of total escapism.
The dining scene is predominantly local cafes with grilled fish on the beach as dusk approaches and there are just a handful of restaurants to choose from on the eastern side. Nightlife doesn’t exist here, instead, visitors tend to walk into the sunset. A gentle stroll around the coast path of Gili Meno is not to be missed, and it is probably the nicest walk any- where on the three islands. It is a nice to walk in the late afternoon, starting at about 4:30 pm and finish your walk around 5.30 to watch the sunset behind Gili Trawangan.
Accommodation options are mostly limited to attractive mid-range resorts and bungalows and a few secluded resorts. There are several spectacular spots for diving and snorkeling, and gear can be hired at almost any cafe or hotel. Equipment quality may vary slightly, but prices seem to be standard across shops. There are three diving schools across the island and if you love underwater life try to see the Bounty – a sunken pier, which is really fun to explore – and Meno Wall.
Another good spot for turtles sighting is right in front of the Karma Beach bungalows on the east coast. In the late afternoon, turtles can be seen feeding in the area where the sea floor starts to get deeper. If you snorkel off the east coast, be careful of boat traffic. At night divers can witness huge moray eels and the entertaining Spanish dancers.
Being lazy in a hammock, reading books and playing chess with the friendly locals–who are always willing to strike up a conversation–also ranks highly on the daily Meno agenda. This island is all about chilling and relaxing under the coconut trees and overlooking clear blue waters. ■