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Gili Meno

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With a population of just 300400, Gili Meno is the mellowest of the three islands, and certainly the most in-tune with a desert island ethic. The beaches are much nicer than you will find on Gili Trawangan and Gili Air.
[[Image:Gili Meno map.png|thumb|right|320px|Map of Gili Meno]]
==Get in==
* <see name="Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="8AM-6PM" price="Donation" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A splendid initiative whereby green sea turtle and loggerhead turtle eggs are collected, hatched, and the younglings safely released into the ocean. In 2008 and 2009, a total of 2,000 turtles were released. Go along, see the work and lend your support. For 100.000 Rupiahs (10$) you can pick and release a young turtle into the ocean.</see>
* <see name="Taman Burung" alt="Bird Park" address="" directions="" phone="+62 370 642321" url="" hours="9AM-5PM daily" price="Rp 50,000" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Sadly, this aviary is not as well kept as it was, and the formerly very popular komodo dragon died in 2007. Still worth a visit though, with a large range of birds present.</see>
* <do name="Blue Marlin" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 370 639980" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Full dive shop operation, with the same range of PADI courses and fun dives as are offered on the other islands.</do>
* <do name="Divine Divers" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 852 40570777" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]>Small very personal dive school. All PADI courses & fundives available, known for their personal approach. ([email protected])</do> * <do name="Gili Meno Divers" alt="" address="" directions="southeast coast" phone="+62 878 6536 7551" url="" hours="9AM-6PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">all PADI & SSI dive courses are available in French, English, German, Spanish and Turkish. Guided fun dives, night dives, muck dives. Located at Kontiki resort. Also offers SSI Freediving courses.</do>
A gentle stroll around the coast path of Gili Meno is not to be missed, and it is probably the nicest walk anywhere on the three islands. If you do this in the morning, there is no real preferred starting point. It is a nice idea to walk in the late afternoon, starting in the northwest at about 4:30PM, taking it easy to walk all the way around the island in either direction, returning to your start point at about 5:45PM. Then get yourself set for sunset behind Gili Trawangan (6:15PM-6:45PM), perhaps stationed at Good Heart Cafe with an ice cold Bintang.
There is no ATM, nor is there much to buy on Gili Meno. If you run out of cash, Blue Marlin is probably the only option for a credit card cash advance, and they charge a 7% commission. Alternatively, head to [[Gili Trawangan#Buy|Gili Trawangan]] or [[Gili Air#Buy|Gili Air]] where there are ATM's. ''Hint:'' As the boat from Meno waits around 25-30 min on Trawangan before going back to Meno and Air, you have a chance to return on the same boat (there are several ATMs on the ATM's on main Trawangan are around 10 min walk north of beachwalk now, both to the left and to the right from the harborharbour). Not so wise to try this with afternoon boat, however, if you do don't know where to go and want to come back same day.
Most of the cafes are clustered in the southern half of the east coast and many are attached to hotels. After you have ordered, be patient as nothing happens very fast here. That is all part of the charm of the place.
[[Image:Goodheart_gili_meno.jpg|thumb|300px|"Good Heart", Gili Meno]]
* <eat name="Aroma Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 370 622 007" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Well prepared wood-fired pizzas are the deal here.</eat>
* <eat name="Good Heart" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 813 3955 6976" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Rp 20,000-70,000">Serves good local dishes and is located directly on the beach overlooking the sea. This hotel and restaurant is a bit off the beaten track, on the northeast side of the island. You can take the track around the island or a shortcut across the middle to get there. If you are not staying here, this might be a better choice for lunch as walking through the island in the dark may not be comfortable for some travellers.</eat>
* <eat name="Jali Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 370 639 800" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Serves Sasak food and it is quite authentic. The chicken curry is excellent, as is the obligatory fish barbecue every evening. The old Gili Island ethic is very much still alive here. Expect the locals to be strumming a few Bob Marley tunes.</eat>
*<eat name="Sentigi Café" alt="" address="" directions="150m north of the boat landing" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A delightful shack with three huts in front of it. Sentigi Café is marginally pricier than Yaya Warung, but the service is (relatively) fast and the food quite good. Fruit juices and milkshakes, for approx. Rp 10,000 and Rp 15,000 respectively, are an excellent choice. Don't count on having dinner here, as the place generally closes quite early, sometimes as early as 5 p.m. However, if you can get here before it closes and order some food, you are free to sit at the huts all night if you want to. This place is not as well-known as Yaya Warung, and so you will be absolutely alone here after dark. Just the place if you are looking to avoid all human contact or to have a quiet (or loud!) night with your partner. You cannot see the sunset from here, though.</eat>
* <eat name="Sunset Gecko" alt="" address="" directions="North-west side of the island, facing Gili Trawangan" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="From Rp 22,000">A restaurant of the same name resort. Nice view to Trawangan and sunsets, small and very swimmable beach with not too many coral rocks on the bottom. Rp 20,000+ even for the simplest Indonesian meals. Unfortunately, they also caught a nasty trend of adding 10% "service charge" to the price listed. Coffee or tea is Rp 7,000+ (Rp 9,000+ with milk).</eat>
* <eat name="Yaya Warung" alt="" address="" directions="100 m north of the boat landing" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Rp 7,000-40,000" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">If you're really budget traveller, or just hate tourist rip-offs, this is the place on Meno for you to eat. On the beach, but modestly priced, most Indonesian food is Rp 7,000-13,000. Nasi goreng is Rp 10,000, nasi goreng spesial (with chicken) Rp 13,000. Cheap fish in the form of fish curry can be eaten here for just Rp 10,000 (rice charged separately, Rp 4,000). Grilled fish, as a popular tourist dish, costs much more, but is still relatively cheap (especially compared to Gili Trawangan) at around Rp 40,000 per serving, including nasi goreng and vegetables. Choose your fish and let Yon cook it on the open fire. If the fish or Indonesian food all get too much, they have a small pasta menu for Rp 15,000-20,000, and make a passable job of preparing it. Fresh fruit juices, quality varies, but generally OK for Rp 7,000, milk shakes Rp 8,000, black/ginger tea and coffee Rp 5,000, Rp 6,500 for milk coffee, large Bintang beer Rp 28,000. Sometimes ''very'' slow service as there's only one cook working there and the place is very popular. A chat with the owner and the view will distract you. They have 3 small huts and those get occupied first. Several tables with chairs are put outside in the evening if it isn't rainy.</eat>
*<eat name="MAHAMAYA Restaurant" alt="" address="West Gili Meno" directions="Sunset side of the island" phone="+ 62 81 77 33 444" url="" hours="7am - 10pm" price="" lat="" long="">Modern Asian restaurant with funky modern white wash furniture. The chef has an open kitchen so you can wacth chef Jar cook amazing food from your table. The restaurant has fantastic beach views and it's also a great place for a sunset dinner. They offer free mineral water and also free interent to guests. All prices include tax and service charge. </eat>
In the village, you can find a couple of food carts selling bakso for Rp 10,000.
Nightlife is very laid back here, and somedays you might not notice any at all. This is very much the ''anti-Trawangan''.
* <drink name="Diana Cafe" alt="" addressSleep="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Very good choice for a sunset beer or cocktail and somedays it goes on until quite late here. The beruga pavilions are comfortable and allow you to look right at the setting sun.</drink>*<drink name="MAHAMAYA Bar" alt="" address="West Gili Meno" directions="sunet side of the island" phone="" url="" hours="10am-11pm" price="" lat="" long="">The newest and most funky bar on the island, with funky menus and great art on the walls. Enjoy the perfect end to a perfect day with a classic cocktail and spectacular sunset views. Two for one cocktails during happy hour! All prices are for premium spirits and include tax and service charge. </drink>
There is a range of accommodation on Gili Meno ranging from simple beach huts to villas and a new luxury Boutique resort. The prices here start from beach huts from around Rp 100,000 (less if away from the beach in the village and not during the peak season) per night up to prices in dollars for the hotels. Some places offer fresh water and A/C others just offer a fan. You can find something to suit all requirements on the island and generally most places are quiet and relaxing.
==Sleep==[[Image:Gili Meno Beach.jpg|300px|thumb|right|Looking back to Lombok from Gili Meno's southeast coast]]
In general terms, accommodation on Meno is more expensive than on Gili Air and (arguably) Gili Trawangan, and the standards of service distinctly lower. You still can get cheaper accomodation here, however. Just head away from the beach, some places can be found in a few min walk away, with prices from Rp 30,000 for a room, or from Rp 50,000 for a bungalow subject to some patient bargaining.
[[Image:Gili Meno Beach.jpg|300px|thumb|right|Looking back to Lombok from Gili Meno's southeast coast]]
*<sleep name="Adeng-Adeng Bungalows" alt="" address="North Gili Meno" directions="" phone="+6281805341019" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From 500.000 IDR" lat="" long="">Relaxed place with a few bungalows set in a quiet lush garden. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Rawan Indah" alt="" address="" directions="2 min walk from the eastern coast, south of the harbour" phone="" emailurl="" checkin="" checkout="" faxprice="" urllat="" checkinlong="" checkoutemail="" pricefax="">Budget huts with bathroom using fresh water in the shower. This place used to offer cheaper accommodation but since merging ''Tunai'' they offer huts for Rp 100,000.(150 000, April 2013)</sleep>
* <sleep name="Tao Kombo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Backpacker huts from €8, bungalows from €20" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">These budget bungalows away from the beach have been around a long time. They are a bit worn and distinctly rough and ready, but that does not seem out of place on Gili Meno. Probably the most popular backpacker option on the island. The place was closed for renowation 17th April 2013.</sleep>
* <sleep name="The Sunset Gecko" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 813 5356 6774" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rp 70,000 (single)-Rp 350,000">A Japanese owned small resort, with a couple of cabins and one beachside family house. Rooms are simple and clean with a great atmosphere and they do their best to be eco-friendly. Located in the north-west part of the island, a bit far from the harbour, but facing Trawangan and the sunset.</sleep>
* <sleep name="My Gili Cottages" alt="" address="" directions="couple minutes walk inland, south of the main harbour" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="100 000 - 200 000, double room"> small guesthouse, only 6 bungalows, but owned by a lovely, very friendly and welcoming Indonesian family. Good location, their bungalows are very new (2012), AC or fan, and include breakfast. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Biru Meno" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 813 3975 8968" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$30">Nice quality bungalows on the south coast, with verandahs and decent bathrooms. About a 10 min stroll from the boat loading point.</sleep>
GOOD HEART BUNGALOW, Start with simple restaurant in 1990, and than some Bungalows,Now Ready for New Bungalows, with fresh water,Western & semi Open Bathroom,Clean,The best White Beach on the Sunset part.Has Famous Grilled Sea Food and Indonesian Food Restaurant.Right on the Beach,and some steps to snorkling & Divig area.Contac person :Made Sisad phone + 62 813 3955 6976 or +62 878 6535 1922 0r +62 0370 641630, tanks.
Room rate start Rp. 300.000,-
* <sleep name="Hotel Gazebo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 370 635 795" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$49-75">The ten individual cottages here are a bit run down, but the location near the southeast beaches is very nice indeed. Choice of fan or A/C rooms. Has a communal pool right by the beach.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Good Heart Bungalow" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 813 3955 6976, +62 878 6535 1922, +62 370 641630" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From Rp 300,000">Bungalows with fresh water, Western &amp; semi open bathroom. Clean, with a sunset oriented view. Grilled seafood and Indonesian food served on the beach. Nearby to snorkelling &amp; diving area.</sleep> * <sleep name="Hotel Gazebo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 370 635 795" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$49-75">The 10 individual cottages here are a bit run down, but the location near the southeast beaches is very nice indeed. Choice of fan or A/C rooms. Has a communal pool right by the beach.</sleep> * <sleep name="Kontiki Cottage" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 813 4725 9842" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rp 275,000-500,000 (seasonal prices)" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">You will enjoy staying here due to the Good location, right by one on a nice section of the best bits of beach anywhere on the 3 islands. You will might also wish they had thought about the design a bit more, and tried a lot harder. The cheaper rooms are fan-cooled and there is premium charged for A/C. Fresh water transported from Lombok mainland, mosquito net and spring bed. Free breakfast served in the restaurant. International and local menu, pizza, sea food and BBQ.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Malia's Child" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 370 622 007" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$40">Thatched roof bungalows on the east coast near the boat harbour. Right on a lovely stretch of white sand beach.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Mahamaya Boutique Resort" alt="" address="West Gili Meno" directions="sunset side of the island" phone="+62 817 733444" url="" checkin="12noon" checkout="10AM" price="from US$150" lat="" long="">Idyllic beach setting, 2 beach-front villas with direct access onto the beach and views from the room. Modern eco-technology has been applied to reduce the carbon footprint including rain collection systems and water recycling. Modern quality furnishings, large beds and outdoor showers. Welcoming place and it offers something different on Gili Meno. They also have a modern asian beach-front restaurant producing tasty local food. The chef has over 10 years international experience. Their funky bar also serves two for one on sunset cocktails 6PM-7PM.</sleep> * <sleep name="Villa Nautilus" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+62 370 642 143" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$73">The swankiest accommodation on Gili Meno. 5 detached villas which are fairly well appointed. Guests might wonder why they fitted those ugly tiled roofs when such good natural materials are available here. Still, a nice enough option.</sleep>
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