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Gili Meno is one of the Gili islands that located in Lombok. It’s a nice place to relax and escape your busy day either for a short or long stay. I went to Gili Meno in May 2012 and stayed there for 3 days. Compare with the other Gili islands (Gili Trawangan and Gili Air), Gili Meno is pretty quite and small populated. Many people said it is good for honey moon or for couple who what to spend a holiday there. And it is true.
Getting To Gili Meno
I went there with my boyfriend from Bali by Ferry, it took us 1 hour drive by motorbike from Kuta to the Padang Bay harbor, 4 hours on Ferry (Ticket price: IDR101.000/motorbike one way including 2 passengers) and 2 hours drive from Lembar harbor to Bangsal harbor (The next harbor to go to Gili Meno).There are 2x departures of public boat from Bangsal to Gili Meno. 8 am and 2 pm. The price of the morning ticket is IDR 10.000 and the afternoon one is IDR 20.000. But there are also charter boats that can go anytime for IDR 140.000/boat. Or you can reach Gili Meno from Bali by fast boat that cost you IDR 500.000 2 ways.
Accommodation in Gili Meno
There are many cheap hotels, guesthouses and home stays in Gili Meno, just need to look more inside to find the cheap one. We stayed in a really nice bamboo bungalow called Kho-Uchi. We paid IDR 80.000 per night (room only). And the prices of the accommodations are negotiable.
Activities in Gili Meno
Gili Meno is a small island that you can walk around the island for 1 hour. Or just go to the short cut to the other side of the island where you can see the Gili Trawangan. There is a bird and a turtle sanctuary where you can visit and take nice pictures with IDR 50.000 entrance ticket only. The beach around is very quite and clean. The water is very clear and you can see the view of Rinjani Mountain in front of you.Foods and Drinks in Gili MenoIf you come to Gili Meno, don’t miss out to try “brem”, the local alcohol in Lombok. You can get it in Casablanca hostel for IDR 50.000 for one liter. Try get drunk during the day at the beach, it’s nice. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on food, go to “YaYa” restaurant. A restaurant by the beach that serves Indonesian and western food with reasonable price and big portion. We went there every day.
And if it’s not raining, go to the beach at night and just lay down on the sand you can see many stars which will make your night even more romantic. So, enjoy Gili Meno.
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