"Jane was keen to see the turtles. We first took the wild approach and hired snorkels and masks from Ryan's (no fins fitted my large feet) next door. Off the beach it is shallow with many clumps of beautiful long spined black sea urchins with luminescent blue spots. At low tide an offshore reef is exposed creating a lagoon. Once over this the sea bed slopes away. This is 'turtle alley' easily identifiable from the plethora of dive boats bobbing over it in the morning sun. We swam out to it, maybe 100metres off shore, noting the modest current keen to sweep us South. We soon saw a single turtle making its way North along the sea bed. They are very graceful in the environment they are designed for. After that we saw no others. We did see plenty of other life. Even the shallow area by the beach was teaming with small bright coloured fish and sea fans."
Gili Meno- at the beach
Gili Meno is just one
kilometre away from Gili Trawangan and it's situated in the middle of the three islands. You'll experience the real Robinson Crusoe feeling here on this island. You can also find some of the best beaches here.
Gili Meno is only two kilometres long and one kilometre wide. Also, Gili Meno is the smallest of the three islands and by far the most peaceful and underdeveloped. It is possible to walk around the island along the beach or on the paths of the island. You walk takes less than two hours.
Most tourists are attracted by Gili Meno to the temptation to escape the crowds. It is therefore very popular with couples, honeymooners and adventurous types.
It is customary that dinner is mainly done in the local cafes on the beach. The favourite food is grilled fish at sunset.
On the island you can laze in a hammock, read a book, or play chess with the friendly locals. It also scores very high on the daily agenda Meno.
For divers and snorkellers, the island boasts the infamous ‘Gili Meno Wall‘ where during the day turtles freely swim by and giant gorgonian fans hang amongst the colourful corals.
At night divers can witness huge Moray Eels and the entertaining Spanish Dancers, baby cuttlefish and a whole array of crustacians
Most tourists come from Gili Trawangan to Gili Meno. They take on arrival at Trawangan than a connecting island-hopper boat that will take them than in a fifteen-minute trip over the channel to Gili Meno.
The most popular stretch of sand on Gili Meno is to be found to the left of where the locals pull up their boats on the beach. This southern beach strip is where you can find the majority of the accommodations. This is also the place, where beach life on the island is to be found. There are no hawkers to disrupt a day’s sunbathing and the beach huts lining the sand offer a perfect respite from the heat where visitors can buy drinks and snacks from the neighbouring warungs.
You can rent a snorkeling equipment at one of the local rental companies at the beach. Swimming is perfectly safe in the calm water, but do not go too far from shore.
Although it may not appear so at a first glance there are actually a fair number of places to eat along the beachfront all with spectacular views over to Lombok or Gili Trawangan.
Balenta is on the north of the island and specialises in local Sasak cuisine with Mount Rinjani and mainland Lombok as a dramatic backdrop.
Bibi's Café is part of Villa Nautilus and has the usual mix of Western and Indonesian dishes with reputedly the best pizzas on the island.
The Jungle Bar is to be found inside the Tao’ Kombo bamboo huts set up literally in the bush! A quiet and secluded spot on the far southern tip of the island.
Mallias Child is a popular gathering spot for budget travellers and serves a heady mix of Indonesian and European cuisines.
The Rust Bar and Restaurant and Restaurant right at the harbour front is street side in a central location with cool music and plenty of punters hanging around for after dinner drinks.
Don’t come to Gili Meno expecting to find the top level of accommodation as on Trawangan. The charming Thai style huts on the main beach are very popular as they are the only rooms on all three islands that are situated actually close to the water’s edge.
Mid range bungalows are generally situated slightly back from the main path whilst budget rooms can be found dotted throughout the whole of the island and can be found just along the main strip.
There are not too many activities to be found on Gili Meno, which is part of its appeal. Those who simply cannot refrain from some form of activity will find the Bird Park in the centre of the village an entertaining distraction for a morning or afternoon.
The Turtle Sanctuary plays an important role in protecting and hatching baby turtles for release into the Gili waters. Small donations are welcome to this worthwhile cause.
Gili Meno - huts to protect you from the sun....
Turtle Gili Meno Bungalows
Operating a 24-hour front desk and a restaurant, Turtle Gili Meno Bungalows is located in Gili Meno. Each air conditioned room is provided with a terrace, wardrobe and mosquito net. Private bathroom also comes with a shower and towels. Guests enjoy garden view from the room. Daily breakfast is also provided. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including fishing and snorkelling. Lombok International Airport is 51 km away.
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