Snorkeling and diving are the main attraction here. Good snorkeling is along the northwest coast, near Balenta Café. You should see lots of sea turtles to the north of Balenta. The other good place is off the east coast near Amber House and Shack 58. Beware of strong currents at both of these locations. Snorkeling gear is available for rent (around Rp20,000 per day, negotiate for longer) at numerous shops and restaurants around the island.

At the time of writing there is only one dive shop on Gili Meno: Blue Marlin Dive (tel. 08/1917193285; Being based in Meno means that you are slightly nearer to more of the dive sites, but apart from that there are no benefits. Prices are fixed throughout the Gilis.

One of the nicest things to do is to take a stroll around the island. A few guides will show you the way, if you don't fancy getting lost on the maze of dirt tracks that crisscross the island. On the way to the charming saltwater lake in the middle of the island, you pass through small villages, coconut plantations, and fields of peanuts and maize. If you are here during the dry season (May -- Oct), look out for the salt mining.


In the center of the island is Gili Meno Bird Park (no phone; Rp50,000; 9am-dusk), with over 300 species of birds on show, including parrots, flamingos, pelicans, eagles, and pheasants from around the world. The park has deteriorated over the years and could do with some love and attention.

Situated on the southeast coast is the small Bolong's Turtle Sanctuary (no phone;; by donation; 9am-dusk) with a breeding program for 500 turtles. Once their green and loggerhead turtles reach a suitable age and size they are released back into the wild.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.