Indonesia Gili Meno Guide
When the Gili islands are mentioned, Gili Meno is probably the one that does not get the kind of attention that it deserves. Sandwiched between the other two islands that make up this set, this location is fAmed for its calm nature, the predominantly fishing and loving population of people over there and as well, the beautiful coconut plantation which graces everywhere on the island. If that is not a sight to behold, the island will probably be better known for its fantastic swimming beaches, alongside a turtle sanctuary that should not be missed by any tourist.
Coming in the company of two other islands, which consists of what is known as the Gili islands, Gili Meno is generally located off the northwest coast of the significant island of Lombok. This is why the island still gets its supply of fresh water from the underwater pipes running all the way from Lombok, not to mention the electricity supply which powers this small island village.
Gili Meno is a choice location when looking to enjoy a quiet holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Gili Meno generally gets fewer visitors than Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, even though it seems to be the central location to both. Being cut off from Lombok and other outside influences on both sides, the island can maintain its quiet and serene nature all year round. What attracts most tourists to this location, besides the calm, are the clear-watered, secluded beaches.
The best time to visit any area is when they are off their rainy season – which falls between November to April for Gili Meno. Being an island location, though, it is surprising to note that it does not really rain much here, so you can still choose to go within those months and always have a fun time too. However, many tourists will prefer to go to the island between either of July – August or December – January. Since it is a small location, you don’t want to go when too many tourists are out seeing the country. Thus, we recommend you travel between September to November. You get to escape the rainy season, and you also don’t have to deal with the influx of many other tourists at the same time.
Given that we have repeatedly mentioned how small this island is, you might be tempted to want to stay anywhere since they would have the same experience. That could not be farther from the truth. Although small, diverse locations can change your experience in subtle ways. Of these, we have the option of staying beachside or in the village. For those who are beachside, you get the advantage of taking only a couple minute walk to the beach while also enjoying a great view. However, staying within the village means you are better ingrained with the culture of the people. With a small location in mind, you don’t have to walk a lot to get to the beaches either.
We have mentioned how closer Lombok is to the Gili islands, so that is surely one place you can go island hopping. If Lombok is close, then it is sure that you are also near Bali, where you can go taste some city island experience and enjoy the nightlife too. When you are done with those two massive locations, consider checking out all of the Nusa islands (Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan) and South Gilis (Gili Nanggu, Gili Gede, Gili Kedis, Gili Genting, Gili Asahan, Gili Sudak, Gili Layar) too. Lest we forget, we believe you know that the other Gili islands (Gili Air and Gili Trawangan) are worth looking at too.
Gili Meno might beat the Nusa island when it comes to snorkeling, but they will only play a close second when it comes to diving. Likewise, the beaches on Nusa Lembongan are noticeably better than the ones you have on Gili Meno. This does not mean the latter location lacks excellent beaches, but they might not be as good. Finally, you can get a taste of better local life at Nusa Lembongan, which is more dominated by locals than Gili Meno being populated by tourists.
Now, this is more of a comparison. If you are looking for a small island that still has its party vibe intact, you might have to look no farther than Gili Trawangan. There are also a vast majority of international restaurants established to suit different types of taste buds, more beach options, and a better collection of high-end resorts. This is in contrast to the simple lifestyle of the people of Gili Meno.
Gili Air might not have the same party vibe as Gili Trawangan, but it is a better party island than Gili Meno can ever hope to be. At the same time, though, it manages to bring a kind of peace and quiet to the table. Although nightlife is not well developed here, there are areas where you can still go to don your dancing shoes for the night.