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Gili Meno, a Tranquil Island With Beautiful Panorama In Lombok

Gili Meno is one of beautiful small islands in Lombok. You may ever heard about Gili Trawangan in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Gili Meno itself lies between Gili Trawangan and Gili Air. But the beauty of the island is comparable because you can enjoy the natural beauty here, such as the a small lake, diving and snorkeling spots. Beside that, the lining coconut trees standing along the beach and looks like the bodyguard of the beach. As you come, you will admire the crystal water on the seabed, fine and white sand. You can rest for a while to enjoy waves of water under the trees.
The atmosphere in the Gili Meno is so tranquil and peaceful. It can be a perfect place to escape from the hustle because there is no vehicles here. Most of visitors who just already arrive at the beach, they cannot wait and directly jumping into the water to swim. You will love to stay longer here because the island offers you a great sensation of vacation and you will meet friendly local residents. 
Gili Mene lies between Gili Air and Gili Trawangan. Precisely, it lies at the North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. To reach the island, you can take public transportation or rent a boat. If you decide to take a public transportation, you need to pay around IDR10,000 or US$1 per person and IDR175,000 or US$17.5 to rent a boat from Bangsal Port.
To cross the island, it takes around an hour. But, the schedule is available only in the certain conditions. From Bangsal Port, usually the boat departs at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you start your journey from Mataram City, it needs around 45 minutes to reach Bangsal Port. If you take a boat, you need to pay IDR25,000 or US$2.5. But, if you start your trip from Gili Trawangan, you can take a boat at 9.30 a.m. and 4 a.m. From Gili Air, the boat departs at 8.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. by paying IDR25, 000 or US$2.5.  

The transportation in Gili Meno is only cidomo. Thus, you can imagine how quiet is it here. But, you can spend your holiday longer because there are many lodges, such as Tao Kombo Travel Lodge, Gazebo Meno, Manta Dive Gili Air Hotel in Gili Air and Ombak Sunset Hotel in Gili Trawangan.

The first activity you can do as you arrive at Gili Meno is take a tour by cidomo. Cidomo is just like a wagon and if you intend to enjoy the scenery around the island, you need to pay IDR150,000 or US$15. If you have talent to bargain, you can get friendly price because they may give you IDR100,000 or US$10. 
If you come to Gili Meno in the low season, you can rent a boat so that you can go to many diving and snorkeling spots. Usually, they will charge you around IDR350,000 or US$35 per trip, including life jacket and other equipments. The underwater scenery in Gili Meno is so beautiful. Even, you still can meet big turtles, colorful fish, and coral reef. When you dive, don’t miss to explore marine life, especially the coral reef at the east of the beach. If you are lucky, you may meet the groups of fish. Because the water very clear, the vision underwater is quite good.
After you explore underwater life in Gili Meno, you can continue your journey to visit Turtle Sanctuary. This is an area to breed the turtles. Then, you can go to Bird Park. This park collects birds from Indonesia and other countries. By paying iDR50,000 or US$5 per person, you can see many species of birds. At the west of the island, there is a shallow lake that produces salt in the dry season. Thus, there are many things you can do when you visit Gili Meno.
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