Living like Robinson Crusoe on Gili Meno

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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The deep blue sea

Flag of Indonesia  , West Nusa Tenggara,
Monday, October 17, 2011

Hello all!

Here is our latest blog entry from the wonderful island of Gili Meno.

The Gili islands consist of 3 small specks in the ocean between the islands of Bali and Lombok. They have been quite popular for a few years now mainly because of the fast boats that bring tourists from Bali. Each island has a distinct vibe to it. Gili Trawangan is a party island that has raves on the beach, Gili Air is a middle of the road island that is not too mad but not too quiet and then there is Gili Meno which is the smallest of the islands and the most quiet. 

Guess which island we opted for? Yep, the quiet one and what a great decision that proved to be. It had everything we were looking for in an island: great swimming & snorkeling areas, bungalows right on the beach for a cheap price and lovely locals. We ended up staying 2 weeks in the end which is one of our longest stints anywhere but it was so hard to leave this place. We were actually meant to move to Gili Trawangan after a few days but after hearing the thumping bass from across the water we decided the acoustic vibe of Meno was more our cup of tea! 

We made some great friends too on the island. We had Ali a Canadian girl from near Vancouver who will be driving from Canada to South America in January all at the royal age of 19! Then we had Max & Nadine from Germany who are also travelling for a while and hope to open up a hostel in Portugal in the near future and finally we had Dominique & Ruby, 2 staff from KLM who had around 6 weeks (is that right?) in Indonesia on holiday. We ended up spending a lot of time with Dominique & Ruby as they were staying in the same bungalows as us. It was brilliant, what with Karen's good friends coming over too (Kaz will write about that) we were a big group for most of the two weeks on the island. It was a nice change as it has mainly been just the two of us. 

So what did we do for the 2 weeks I hear you ask? Well, we lay in hammocks reading & sleeping, we walked around the island which takes about an hour and we snorkeled with turtles every day! Yep, the waters are so good here that EVERY time you go snorkeling off the beach you will come across turtles. Now that's what I call good snorkeling. We also went diving with a great dive school called Divine Divers. The two dives we did were good, we saw bumphead parrot fish, lobsters, shrimps and the ubiquitous turtles. Mainly though we just chatted with our new found friends (and some old ones) about the world and life in general. I loved the fact that breakfast could take up to 3 hours as we lounged on wooden gazebos overlooking the ocean chatting away. Gili Meno has been my favorite island so far. It had the vibe I was looking for: Laid back bliss. One other thing, there are no cars or bikes on the island and the only way to get around the island is by walking or by horse and cart! Have I sold it to you yet? 

Over to Karen........ 

What a fantastic place to spend my birthday. A little speck of paradise where we could chill out, watch gorgeous sunsets and drink cocktails. The best bit was that I got to celebrate my birthday with great friends of mine - Jayne and Luis who flew over from London.  It was so lovely to see friends from home and it made it all extra special. 

The magic of the island combined with the wonderful characters we spent time with meant that we often had those kind of conversations that inspire you to dream and do stuff. But the most magical thing of all was when we set a year old turtle free into the big wild ocean. The turtle had spent the first year of her life in a safe pond, protected from humans and other predators. It was now old enough to make it's own way into the world. 

We placed Ruby, the christened turtle on the sand and it flapped its flippers and moved towards the ocean. This was the very first time it had felt sand. As it got closer to the sea, the waves came in and splashed her around. It looked so small and vulnerable that it actually made me cry. I'm sure I now know how mothers feel when it's their child's first day of school. After a few more tries Ruby finally made it out to sea and swam away, ready to start her new life. I really hope she makes it, our little turtle. 

And before we knew it, our two weeks of paradise were over. The horse cart carried us and our bags back to the jetty, while the fast boat (we'd leart our lesson) took us to another paradise just two hours away. 

See you back on Bali

Lots of Love 
Karen and Paul
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mom on

Great read and fantastic pictures

auntyp on

Ok this is MY island.....I could so spend a loooooooooong time there.........Just me and the turtles.......Sheer bliss...sigh!!!!!!
Way to go guys xxxxxx :)))

dominique on

he guys,
meeting you was fantastic,really enjoyed the time we had together.
enjoy the last couple of months and see u in holland or

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