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  Posted Friday, September 29, 2023 at 12:03am by Zen Recreations

Gili Meno’s Underwater world is a stunner

With just the right tone of turquoise sea against powdery white sand, step into a hauntingly beautiful perfect laid-back life. Waking up when the roosters decide, drinking coconuts for breakfast, snorkeling all day long, and walking back to the hotel under the perfectly starry sky, after sumptuous dinners at a beach shack. Gili Meno, is one of the three Gili Islands located off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia, home to a unique and captivating attraction known as the Gili Meno Statues. These statues have gained popularity among tourists and locals alike for their hauntingly beautiful appearance and the intriguing story behind their creation.


Indonesia is the largest island country in the world by the number of islands. With more than fourteen thousand islands, and an estimated population of over 225 million inhabitants and more than 700 spoken languages.

The Gilis consist of three islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. In the local Sasak language, “Gili” means “island”. In the Indonesian language, plural is denoted by repeating a noun. So “Gili Gili” literally means “islands”.

Renowned for friendly locals and superb natural beauty, each of the island’s is well prepared for tourists. Gili Trawangan is the largest and most popular of the three islands. It has a vibrant nightlife to keep you entertained once the sun goes down. With a wide collection of restaurants and bars, you’ll never be short of entertainment here. 

If you’re after a quiet getaway,  Gili Meno or Gili Air. Gili Air is closest to the mainland and is the most populated of the Gili’s. Gili Meno is the smallest island and, with only a few hundred permanent residents, it has the most remote feel to it. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants built in keeping with the islands’ homely village atmosphere.Each island has several resorts usually consisting of a collection of huts for tourists a small pool and restaurants

You can expect to spot several sea turtles, beautiful corals and myriads of colorful fish. In general Gili Meno offers the best reefs. Just a bit further out you can spot mantas and sharks, longer snorkeling trip will be well worth it, and if you’re picky about renting low quality stuff, bring your own gear

At first Gili Trawangan feels like a backpacker hell with drugs, hawkers and over-priced food and drinks. You know that feeling of betrayal on arrival when you face reality instead of those picture-perfect paradise island dreams that you’ve been cherishing.A speedboat from Padang Bai (Bali) to Gili Trawangan, the journey lasts around 2.5 hours, the sea might be quite rough and boats do sink from time to time, it’s wise to choose a reputable company.It can be a nauseating ride in a rough sea, but gorgeous views of Bali’s Mt Agung and Mt Batur over misty, green hills compensate the agony as the three Gilis come into the horizon. Boats dock offshore, so it’s a dip into knee-deep water – walk to a perfect way of entering island life!

The “town” itself isn’t a beauty nor do some hotels match up to those in Bali. Nevertheless one settles into the simple pleasures of island life with Trawangan’s backpacker vibe in a myriad of beach bars. But the northwestern beach area is more tranquil and filled with slightly more upscale beach bars, just a short walk away from the main drag.

The Gili Meno Statues are a collection of underwater sculptures that were created by a British artist named Jason deCaires Taylor. Known for his innovative and thought-provoking underwater installations, Taylor has created similar sculptures in various locations around the world. The Gili Meno Statues, however, hold a special significance due to the story they tell.

The statues depict a group of people standing together in a circle, with their heads bowed down. This powerful imagery represents a community gathering to mourn the loss of their coral reef ecosystem. The statues are made from environmentally friendly materials that encourage coral growth, effectively turning them into artificial reefs. Over time, corals and other marine organisms have started to colonize the statues, creating a stunning underwater landscape.

The story behind the Gili Meno Statues is deeply rooted in environmental conservation and serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting our oceans. The sculptures aim to raise awareness about the devastating effects of climate change, overfishing, and pollution on coral reefs worldwide. By transforming these sculptures into artificial reefs, Taylor hopes to provide a habitat for marine life and promote the regeneration of damaged ecosystems.

Visiting the Gili Meno Statues offers a unique opportunity to witness the intersection of art and nature. Snorkelers and divers can explore the underwater gallery and marvel at the intricate details of each sculpture while being surrounded by vibrant marine life. The statues’ haunting beauty is enhanced by the play of light and shadow underwater, creating an ethereal atmosphere that leaves a lasting impression on visitors.

In addition to their aesthetic appeal, the Gili Meno Statues also serve as a symbol of hope and resilience. They stand as a testament to the power of art in conveying important messages and inspiring positive change. Through their presence, the statues encourage individuals to reflect on their own impact on the environment and take action to protect fragile ecosystems.

The Gili Meno Statues have garnered international recognition and have become a must-visit attraction for those interested in art, conservation, and marine life. Their haunting beauty and the story they tell have captured the imagination of people from all walks of life, making them a truly unique and memorable experience. of underwater sculptures.


 The statues have become a significant attraction, promoting awareness about the fragile ecosystem and providing a unique experience for divers and snorkelers.

How to Get Around Gili Trawangan and the Gilis

Cars and motorbikes are prohibited on the Gili’s giving each island a very peaceful atmosphere. The best way to get around and explore the islands is by bike. You can rent a bike and take a ride and look at the spectacular views of the tropical landscape. 

A horse-drawn carriage or cidomo is another popular way to get around for both locals and visitors. A tour around Gili Trawangan in a cidomo taking around half an hour. When you want to stretch your legs there’s nothing quite like taking a leisurely stroll around the island.  If you want to travel between the Gili’s you can also hire a motorized boat.

Tourists also travel direct to Gili Trawangan by ferry that leaves Bali daily from Serangan or Padang Bai. Travel on the islands is only by bike or “cidomo” the small horse-drawn carts taking 3 persons per ride.

No motorized vehicles are allowed here. There are also regular passenger boats from Senggigi harbour. There are also regular fast ferries from Bali direct to Gili Trawangan, departing Serangan at 08:00 am and 10:00 am, and daily from Padang Bai, leaving at 11:15 am. D’Camel Fast Ferry departs from Sanur beach in south Bali and offers 3 daily trips from Bali to Lambongan.

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