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A Couple’s Escape: Gili Meno

In a nature-rich archipelago like Indonesia, identifying the most stunning getaway island is not an easy task. However, some have found it and will agree that Gili Meno, the middle child of the Gili trio, is the winner.

About two kilometers long and one wide, Gili Meno is the tiniest out of the tree and undoubtedly the most peaceful and under-developed. Gili Meno’s charm, unlike that of Gili T’s, is the total escapism, hence its popularity among honeymooners and couples seeking adventurous castaways.

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Getting to Gili Meno

For most Patagonia Xpress passengers, the voyage begins in Benoa or Padang Bai in Bali. If you are hailing from Bali, you can get fast boat tickets online, which are inclusive of a free shuttle service (pick up/drop off) in Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Sanur, Jimbaran, and other major hubs.

Fast boat tickets from Bali to Gili Trawangan or Air cost from IDR 350,000 depending on where you depart from. You can easily catch a fast boat to Gili Meno once you are in Gili Trawangan or Gili Air.

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Gili Meno Accommodations

  • BASK Gili Meno. Want to live next to a movie star in a luxurious resort situated on the number one beach in Indonesia? Baywatch star David Hasselhoff owns a villa next to this world-class property that you can have a share in. BASK has 87 fully furnished villas open onto sunset-showcasing beachfronts and exotic salt lake embankments that await you. The resort’s beach club boasts breathtaking views from their 43 meter infinity pool, bar, and poolside terrace. BASK Gili Meno is set to open in 2019.

  • Karma Reef. Hands down, one of the most gorgeous resorts on this tiny, traffic-free island paradise. The resort offers sanctuary a world away from the hustle and bustle. Guests will have access to a secret beach, indulging spa treatments, freshly caught seafood, and a sublime sunset point. Rates start from USD 120/night.
  • Cottages and hostels. Budget travelers, worry not. The island features an affordable selection of accommodations ranging from USD 20 to 30/night. For this price, you typically would get an en-suite bathroom, fresh water showers, a double bed, and more.

Activities

  • Diving and snorkeling. You can dive all of the best dive sites and snorkeling reefs in the Gili Islands whilst staying on Gili Meno. Looking to encounter large groups of turtles? Head to the Gili Meno Wall where it’s suitable for all levels. Curious as to what crustaceans like Spanish dancers, cuttlefish, scorpion fish look like? Gili Meno’s crystal clear waters is the place to do it.

  • Salt Lake. A walk to witness the island’s remarkable collection of flora and fauna should be on every visitor’s itinerary. Migratory birds, rare blue kingfishers, and tropical feathered creatures can be spotted in the foliage above and swooping underwater.
  • Bird Park. The island homes more than 300 birds, including striking colored tropical parrots and macaws, pelicans, eagles, hornbills and many more. Meet Gili Meno’s feathered friends on your trip!

If you’re looking for a treasured getaway, Gili Meno will undoubtedly spoil you and your significant other. Plan your Gili trip with Patagonia Xpress now to enjoy 20% off on our Return Tickets valid for travel until 30 May 2018. We are available for Charter, excluding July to September.

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Which Gili Island is for you?

What brings you to the Gili Islands? Are you desperate for an escape away from the hustle and bustle? Or are you looking to party all week and come out as a licensed diver? If you and your summer fling are merely craving a secret getaway from Bali to Gili, all three islands can accommodate every traveler’s wants and needs.

Blessed with pearly beaches, clear waters and azure sky, these three miniature islands are how you would envision heaven on earth. With each having a distinct personality, find out which one is for you.

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Gili Trawangan: the wild one

The largest, most developed, and lively one out of the three islands, Gili T is perfect if you’re looking to let your hair down and dance the night (or three) away. The island has a welcoming vibe, mostly visited by like-minded crowds looking to mingle and make memorable nights out. The social atmosphere is the massive charm – each night of the week, a different bar or club hosts a different party.

Gili T is also one of the cheapest and safest places to dive with many reputable dive schools to choose from and dive spots to die for. If you’re not into the nightlife scene, the snorkeling, diving, and sunbathe opportunities are aplenty. The best marine life is believed to be on the northern side of the island, while the western side is dotted by serene high-end resorts.

Gili Meno: the romantic one

The smallest of the Gilis, Gili Meno is a perfect honeymoon spot for lovebirds. It arguably offers the best beach and has a definite romantic atmosphere. Different to Gili T, there are only a handful of restaurants and accommodations are fairly limited to exclusive resorts. There are about three dive schools in Gili M. The western side is practically deserted so you can take advantage of having a private beach. The island is mostly about tranquility and relaxation, so if you are one to get bored easily, go for a day trip from Gili T.

Gili Air: the quiet one

Gili Air is the perfect mix of the two. It has sufficient amenities and dive franchises like Gili T but still boasts the peaceful ambiance like Gili M. There is a slight hippy feel to it. Clubbing is not a priority in Gili Air – visitors typically go for the laidback, chilling by the beach type of night. Full moon parties are held each month for Gili Air-goers. The eastern side offers great snorkeling opportunities – you might see clownfish or spot turtles. Its key allure is the authentic, local feel, hence many are hoping that the ongoing development will not take that away from the island.

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Motorized vehicles are forbidden on all three Gilis. Getting to the Gili Islands from Bali, however, is easily done with fast boats. Visit Patagonia Xpress for your fast, safe, comfortable fast boat to Gili Trawangan, Meno and Air.

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Embrace the culture of the Gili Islands (Gili Islands Etiquette)

The Gili Islands are a manifestation of heaven on Earth and many will agree with us on this. However, the lifestyle and culture can be completely foreign from a Western perspective. Gili Air, for example, has unique cultural dynamics that may be challenging to understand for an outsider.

There is no harm in taking a bit of time and effort to familiarize yourself with the Indonesian culture, which has different customs, habits and values wherever you go on the archipelago. It can be wise to gain some insight into the culture prior to or during your visit.

The local population in The Gilis is a mixture of Sasak people hailing from Lombok and families of the original Bugis settlers. The three islands were once virgin tropical playgrounds before their secret came out some years ago by backpackers. Numbers of tourists skyrocketed throughout 2007, with fast boat services from Bali to Gili correspondingly multiplied. While the strange ways of tourists are generally tolerated, there are actions and behaviors to consider to avoid offending the locals.

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Here are several Gili Islands etiquettes to keep in mind:

  • It is considered rude to point with your fingers – if you really need to direct at a place or thing, use your hands like you are presenting it.
  • Indonesian society believes the left hand is used for ‘toilet duties’ and is therefore considered unclean. In Gili Air, it is rude and offensive to hand someone something with your left hand.
  • You may have to remove your shoes when entering a building or someone’s house and wait to be invited to sit if you are a guest.
  • Try to keep your voice to a minimum. Be considerate of the local residents and avoid being rowdy and starting trouble when you’re out drinking, for example.
  • Indonesians highly appreciate if you try to speak their language, even if you only know a couple of words. Get to know them better this way.
  • The Gili residents are predominantly Muslim, which means the dress codes here are different than it is in the Western world. People are moderately clothed with their hair and body typically covered. Please be respectful and don’t expose too much of your skin. Cover yourself with a sarong when going into a village or a shop and refrain from sunbathing topless.

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Getting to the Gili Islands from Bali is highly accessible via fast boats. Patagonia Xpress provides fast, safe, comfortable fast boat services from Bali to the Gilis and surrounding islands.

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GIli Island Turtles

The Gili Islands are a paradise for sea turtles, as well as holiday makers. You can even find endangered species such as green sea turtles…