Are there shops on the island?
Yes, there are two small shops on Gili Meno. Rustiah’s, 50 meters to the north of the villas has the most stock and carries every day items, including liquor.
All food and drinks are shipped from the mainland daily ensuring the optimum in freshness, but because of this regime the supply and demand may be mismatched. The food is excellent on Gili Meno and the different restaurants provide a variety of styles catering to all tastes. There are five within the two hundred metre beachfront adjacent to Villa Nautilus.
What type of transport is there on the island?
The island is very small and most facilities are along the eastern shoreline so walking along the foreshore track is best. There are no motorised vehicles on the island and all transport is by horse cart. Hire a horse cart to go and watch the sun set over Bali.
What’s the weather like there?
Lombok’s dry season is from May until November or December. As the Gili’s are offshore they tend to have a hotter and drier climate with the days often being in the mid to high 30’s. At night the temperature can drop so that a light long sleeved shirt or sweater may be required.
Is there any bargaining there?
Bargaining is expected and you may end up paying half to two thirds of the asking price. Be patient. Shops and restaurants on Gili Meno have fixed prices.
As in all areas, where tourists congregate, sellers can be an annoyance. The children on the Gilis sell fruit as a way of supplementing their schooling, clothing and living costs, so should be treated with courtesy.
Are there any medical and health risks traveling in Indonesia?
Vaccinations appropriate to Asia apply here, the most common being; tetanus, cholera, and hepatitis.
Medication for malaria is recommended in the wet months as mosquitoes are more prolific during that time, although malaria has not been evident on Gili Meno.
It is best to consult your doctor on the most up to date advice and take precautions.
There is a small clinic on Gili Meno, with larger ones on Gili Trawangan and Gili Air, but for anything serious it would be best to get to Denpasar, Bali and have private treatment.
What is the currency there?
Rupiah is the currency for Indonesia.
Money can be changed on Gili Meno and is usually a few points below that in Bali and Mataram on Lombok.
Visa card and Mastercard are accepted for payment at Villa Nautilus and BiBi’s Café.
There is a Bank Mandiri ATM next door to Villa Nautilus.
Are there any local customs I should be aware of?
Most of Lombok is conservative and immodest displays of dress and affection can cause offence.
Brief shorts and tank tops should not be worn in the cities or major towns and are only appropriate to the beach, although this is becoming more relaxed in the tourist areas.
Nude or topless bathing is offensive on these islands.
The majority of the people on Gili Meno are Muslim and as such do not consume alcohol.
Cold beer is readily available. Other spirits are not common so it is suggested travellers bring their own. The restaurants will gladly serve you and provide mixer soft drinks, with ice
What special items should I bring?
- A camera
- A good sunscreen
- Insect repellent
- Mask, snorkel and flippers if you want to use your own – but they are readily available for hire.
Beach towels will be provided for those staying at Villa Nautilus
Medication for minor ailments or your prescribed medicine, if needed.
There are no drugstores or chemists on the islands.