Got on board the island hopper and 20 minutes later we were on Gili Meno. We met a couple that runs a place here, Kike and Lucy, maoMeno. It's a bit of a walk. As soon as you get off the boat turn left and walk towards Blue Marlin dive shop, just after the shop, there is a right turn down a dirt road, take that and walk straight on. You'll come to a school and at the school you'll see a sign for 'Yoga', follow the road around and keep walking. About 10 minutes later you'll come to a house on your left, and on your right you should see a sign that says Meno Dream. At this point look up on your left, you'll see a door way frame that says maoMeno on the top. Take that dirt road down and you'll come to a field filled with cow poop. At this point you'll see some houses and bamboo fences. You've reached maoMeno, and now you have to look for Kike.
To get to the other side of the beach, you'll have to ask Kike as it can get a little complicated. But if in doubt, just ask the locals. They are really nice and would be happy to point you in the right direction. I got lost getting to the beach and one of the locals was nice enough to accompany me till I found my friends. They are really sweet and genuinely nice.
Getting onto a little boat after a dive:
Take off you weight belt.
Take off BCD and pass to boat crew.
Hands on the edge of boat, push yourself up and belly roll into the boat.
TADA! You are back in the boat. It takes a while getting used too. I had a really good time diving with Blue Marlin. The are just a joy and a wonderful bunch to chill with.
Just follow the white coconuts from maoMeno and take a right on the path when you see a house to your right. If the gate is shut, just shout out and some one will get to you. They are only open for breakfast and dinner and we just about managed to find the place in the dark. It gets dark at 7pm here so having a good torch is handy as the roads here are not too well lit. The food and the presentation at Meno Dream is amazing, the Gnocchi is freshly made when you order so it taste just heavenly. The Pelencing Ayam (BBQ chicken) I had came with rice and accompanied with a beautiful barbecued aubergine salad. I've not come across such amazing mixture of palate in a while. I highly recommend everyone a meal here when visiting Gili Meno.
I'm definitely coming here again! The sounds of the ocean from my room, good food, scuba diving and a hammock... It's perfect! One week retreat here and I'm fully charged.
Next up: The party island, Gili Trawangan.
p.s: I just found out that magic mushrooms are harvested on cow poop. After heavy rainfall during monsoon season, these magic mushrooms start to sprout on the cow dung. Technically you are tripping on cow poop!