Gili Meno, with its population of just 400, is the smallest and quietest of the three islands and a true tropical island getaway. Sandwiched between Gili Trawangan and Gili Air, the pristine coral beaches (more so than Gili T and Air) and laid-back charm of Gili Meno provide a perfect escape for honeymooners looking for seclusion or those just wanting to get away from it all!
Accommodation is provided by a variety of small resorts, hotels and beachside bungalows; with more luxurious options here and there. Dining is a casual affair with fresh fish BBQ’s dominating the menus of the beachside cafes. And when not relaxing, there’s plenty of great diving and snorkeling on offer as well as bird and turtle sanctuaries to visit.
Walk from one side of Gili Meno to the other, via the charming dusty lanes between coconut groves and farm shacks, in just 20mins. For a quicker ride, hire a cheap bike to get around or take a Cidomo horse cart (especially handy if you have baggage to carry).
The nicest spot on the island for bars, restaurants, diving, snorkeling and accommodation is the northwest corner. However, the prevailing winds usually come over from Gili T during the night, bringing the noises of occasionally boisterous nightlife over, so if you want the guarantee of peace and quiet, head around the bend to the northeastern tip of Meno to sleep.
Gili Meno is reachable by a number of smaller local public and charter boats that zip between the islands and Lombok on the relatively calm and sheltered waters of the Teluk Nare bay. Simply head to any of the harbours on each island or to Bangsal on Lombok and purchase tickets from the public office or book your local tickets through https://www.islaindtrip.com
Fast boat services are to Gili Trawangan and Gili Air exclusively, so visitors to Meno are required to take a local service upon arrival at one of the other islands, or arrange a pickup through their hotel (where available). This may change in future as Meno develops further.
Well worth the visit if you're staying in the region for more than a couple of days, Gili Meno is similar to the way Trawangan was 15 years or so ago, and you'll often find hardened expat residents who live on Gili T permanently, heading over to Meno for their day off to chill out.