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Gili Meno

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Passion, a commitment to quality and safety, and an emphasis on our diving family have kept Blue Marlin Dive at the forefront of the Indonesian diving industry for over 30 years.

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LEARN TO DIVE OR IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS WITH BLUE MARLIN

BLUE MARLIN GILI MENO, is the original dive centre of beautiful Gili Meno, first opening our doors in 2001. As the island’s signature PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, we pride ourselves on the knowledge and experience of our captains, crew, divemasters and instructors. Meno is the quietest of the three Gilis and our dive centre reflects that in a more personal experience and relaxed environment. However our small dive centre has a big personality! Our staff are a mixture of PADI instructors from various countries with crew from Meno and Lombok.

Most importantly, all our staff have one thing in common: the desire to show you a great time and the best diving we can! Ideally situated between Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, most dive sites are no more than a 15-minute cruise from our dive shop. Get the real ‘deserted tropical island’ experience with the diving standards you expect from a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre. If you want to get off the beaten track without actually having to – Blue Marlin Gili Meno is for you!

With beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters, GILI MENO is an authentic Indonesian gem that serves as a gentle reminder of a simpler way of life. The smallest and quietest of the three Gilis, Meno is a haven of tranquillity. Just 5km in circumference and free from the noise of motorised transport, you can truly unwind on Meno, listen to the sound of waves and wildlife, as you enjoy your tropical surroundings.

In recent years, Meno has experienced growth in the number of resorts and restaurants bringing more choice for visitor however without detracting from Gili Meno’s signature slow pace.

Spend your spare time relaxing on the beach, restoring body and soul at the yoga centre, spotting rare birds around the salt-lake or taking a sunset horseback ride around the island. Get the real tropical experience in a breath-taking, serene and local atmosphere. If you want to go off the beaten track without actually having to – Gili Meno awaits.

Indonesia is one of the world’s top diving destinations, primely situated in the famed Coral Triangle. The Indonesian Throughflow, where the currents drag the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and colder waters of the Indian Ocean together, means that we enjoy the largest variety of marine life on the planet.

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YOUR ROBINSON CRUSOE ISLAND RETREAT

With beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters, GILI MENO is an authentic Indonesian gem that serves as a gentle reminder of a simpler way of life. The smallest and quietest of the three Gilis (the small islands situated off the north-west tip of Lombok), Meno is your haven of tranquillity – an entirely different experience from what you may find just next door on Gili Trawangan and Gili Air. Just 5km in circumference, Meno serves as home to around 650 Islanders and 50 Western residents. Free from the noise of motorised transport and daily hustle, you can truly unwind on Meno, hearing the sounds of the waves and wildlife, as you take in your tropical surroundings

In recent years, Meno has experienced growth from the overflowing Trawangan and has witnessed an increasing number of resorts and restaurants springing up. This development has added a nice array of modern conveniences, however, the islanders are keen to maintain the peaceful atmosphere. These newer amenities have done little to detract from Gili Meno’s signature slow pace.

Spend your spare time relaxing on the beach, restoring body and soul at the yoga centre, spotting rare birds around the salt lake or taking a sunset horseback ride around the island. Get the real tropical experience in a breathtaking, serene and local atmosphere. If you want to go off the beaten track without actually having to – Gili Meno awaits.

Our associated resorts are located between five and fifteen minutes stroll from our dive shop. Whether you seek luxury bungalows, private swimming pool or the conviviality of the Eco hostel, you can find it here.

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blue marlin Gili Meno

BLUE MARLIN GILI MENO , just like our flagship dive centre on Gili Trawangan, is the original dive centre of beautiful Gili Meno, first opening our doors in 2001. As the island’s signature PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, we pride ourselves on the knowledge and experience of our captains, crew, divemasters and instructors. Meno is the quietest of the three Gilis and our dive centre reflects that in a more personal experience and relaxed environment. Don’t be fooled, though, our small dive centre has a big personality! Our staff are a special Gili Meno mix, with PADI instructors from various countries and crew from Meno, Lombok and neighbouring Indonesian islands. Most importantly, all our staff has one thing in common: the desire to show you a great time and the best diving we can! Ideally situated between Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, most dive sites are ever more than a 15-minute cruise from our dive shop. Get the real ‘deserted tropical island’ experience without foregoing the diving standards you expect from a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre. If you want to get off the beaten track without actually having to – Blue Marlin Gili Meno is for you.

BLUE MARLIN DIVE is the largest dive company in Indonesia, with 6 locations offering a multitude of underwater and topside experiences throughout this beautiful country. While we continue to expand and offer more services to our guests, maintain a strong family atmosphere that has been integral to our development from modest beginnings.

Frequently Asked Questions

YOU'VE GOT QUESTIONS? WE'VE GOT ANSWERS.

If you haven’t been diving in a while (over 6 months), we ask you to sign up for a refresher course. A quick review and pool session just before your refresher dive can help you become comfortable with your dive skills and equipment.

Yes, Blue Marlin offers WiFi. While this will allow you to check email, please note that internet speeds can be unreliable.

When in Indonesia there are a few customs to be aware of to avoid any faux pas: it’s usual to leave your shoes at the door of a home or business (look for a row of flip flops outside as a clue); try not to point with your feet or touch anyone on the head, both can be taken quite offensively; and use your right hand when shaking hands with anyone as the left is generally used for, ahem, other matters. Also, on a dive boat or on the beach, a bikini is perfectly acceptable attire. However, do note that being topless or wearing a very small or revealing bikini or G-string is frowned upon. When walking around the island, please cover up with a sarong.

No. We only run liveaboard trips out of Labuan Bajo, Flores. However, there are multiple daily flights connecting Lombok, Bali & Labuan Bajo.

E-learning lite is a great way to do your theory and exam prior to arrival. On arrival all you will need to do is watch the PADI videos and review and revise any tricky areas with your instructor. Then it’s just the practical side of the course. However, some people prefer face-to-face teaching and feel more comfortable being taught in person. It is really up to you. Whether you like a personal interaction with your Instructor during theory time or prefer self-study using the PADI website, both options will allow you to pass your course and have a full understanding of the diving world.

The local currency is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). As of July 2015, Indonesian law mandates rupiah must be used for all transactions in the country. IDR 1,000,000 (1 million) is roughly equal to USD$ 70, EURO€ 60, GBP£ 45, AUS$ 100. Please check out http://xe.com/ for current exchange rates.

The Indonesian Government now allows visa-free travel for 52 countries valid for 30 days. (Check if your country is listed here) Please be aware that this option is not extendable or convertible into another type of visa. Make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of arrival in Indonesia. If your country is not listed or you think you may stay longer than 30 days, we advise you to get a Visa on Arrival (USD 35), which can be extended for another 30 days.

We change the dive sites on a daily basis so you can discover many different locations. When you arrive, check out where we are going in the next few days and sign up for the sites that appeal to you. We are happy to try and accommodate requests for dive sites. Please note that this is not always possible due to course scheduling and ocean conditions.

We understand that booking domestic flights within Indonesia can be frustrating and are happy to help! Let us know the dates that you are interested in, which airport you will be departing from and the full passport names of any passengers and we’ll have it sorted for you. Please note that all bookings do incur a 10% service charge.

The biggest medical problems that may prevent you from diving are asthma, diabetes, recent surgery, high blood pressure and certain prescription medications. If you are concerned, please refer to our medical statement here. If you answer yes to any of the questions, it’s best to get an ok and signed statement from your personal doctor before visiting.

Yes. Due to our remote locations, we strongly recommend dive insurance. We offer DAN (Diver’s Alert Network) Short Term Insurance from 1 day - 1 month. This is good for anywhere within Indonesia and coverage begins immediately. We are happy to sign you up in advance, or you can sign up the day you arrive. Please note that dive insurance is mandatory for all liveaboards. Please contact us for current pricing.

Assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses, no. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how to properly equalise. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you’ll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

Electricity is 230v and Indonesia uses the European-style two-pin round plugs. Adaptors are readily available throughout Indonesia. If the standard voltage in your country is between 220V – 240V you can use your electric appliances throughout Indonesia

Yes, you may see a shark! Incidents with sharks are extremely rare throughout the world and in respect to diving, primarily involve spear fishing or shark feeding both of which trigger feeding behavior. The sharks you may see are more likely to be scared of you and if you are lucky to see one it is a magnificent sight to enjoy.

Our standard tanks are interchangeable between yoke and DIN, meaning we can change our tanks according to your needs.

Although there is Malaria throughout Indonesia, the risk to travelers staying at any Blue Marlin is quite small. Prevention by Malaria tablets is usually not prescribed. You will find that the usual precautions of wearing repellent and long loose clothing are sufficient protection, and most hotels use a spray when they clean the rooms. If you have to take anti-malarial medication be careful about the use of Larium, as in about 50% of cases it produces unpleasant side effects when combined with diving.

You can dive after flying as long as you are rested and properly hydrated from a long haul flight. You must wait 18 hours after diving however to be able to fly. Due to the schedule of our dive trips, unless your flight leaves before 9:00 am the following morning, you will be fine to dive and fly the next day.

It is perfectly safe to dive while you have your period. You are not more prone to shark attack! If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant the recommendation is that you should not dive. Physiologists know little about the effects of diving with a foetus.

Water temperatures vary between 23-28°C. We provide a 3mm long or short wetsuit to all guests, If you tend to get cold, we do provide 3 or 4mm shorty to put under the long wetsuit upon request.

Similar to the rest of the tropical world, the Gilis have a wet season and a dry season. Rainy season generally runs from November until March. However, rainy season doesn’t mean it’s raining all day, every day. Most showers fall in the afternoon and very rarely do we have to cancel a trip due to weather. Furthermore, like most of the world, this past year has seen a change in the seasons with rains falling through August. What the weather may be like is anyone’s guess! In terms of crowds, high season is July, August and September with a busy week around the Christmas and New Year Holidays. We recommend April, May, October and November as the best months for optimal weather and beating the crowds.

Due to varied topography, conditions and depths, we may limit certain sites to advanced certifications or higher. You can find the certification need to dive each site by visiting our dive site descriptions here.

While the Gilis offer pristine conditions to swim and snorkel, you should never try to swim to the next island. The islands are further than they look and the currents between the islands can be very strong, even for the strongest of swimmers.

If you arrive at Praya International Airport, we can arrange to have you picked up in our air-conditioned car and transferred via speedboat. The journey is roughly 2 hours by car and approximately 15 minutes by speedboat. Prices are as follows: 1 person: IDR 950.000; 2 people: IDR 950.000; 3 people: IDR 1.100.000; 4 people: IDR 1.150.000; 5 people: IDR 1.200,000; 6 people: IDR 1.250.000

Similar to the rest of the tropical world, the Gilis have a wet season and a dry season. With Mount Rinjani to the immediate east on Lombok, and Mount Agung to the west on Bali, The Gilis are somewhat sheltered and enjoy a slightly drier climate when compared to surrounding areas. The wet season is from December to April and the cooler dry season is from May to November. However, even during rainy season, the rains generally only appear for short periods in the afternoon with little effect on diving.

Yes, you can dive on the day that you arrive as long as you arrive at the dive shop at least 45 minutes before the scheduled dive.

At the dive shop, we accept credit cards (Visa and MasterCard at a 3% surcharge), bank transfers, TransferWise, PayPal payments (+5% Paypal fees) and Indonesian Rupiah. Due to Indonesian law, we cannot accept any other currencies.

Yes, Nitrox tanks are available for an additional cost.

Yes. Gili Meno currently has 3 ATMs on the island just a quick stroll from Blue Marlin Gili Meno as well as one located on the north side of the island, next to Little Bali restaurant. Please be aware that, occasionally, none of them may actually work. When they do work, withdrawal limits are usually around 10.000.000/day (USD 750). There are also several money changers on Gili Meno, but to avoid disappointment in exchange rates, change your money on Lombok or Bali at official money changers and/or banks.

Gili Meno does have a small clinic providing basic care and medication, conveniently located right next to Blue Marlin Gili Meno. For serious injuries or health care issues we recommend visiting a hospital. The closest international hospital and recompression chamber is ‘Rumah Sakit Harapan Keluarga’ hospital just south-east of Mataram on Lombok.


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meet the team

Anne
Anne Manager, Instructor
Tamar
Tamar Instructor
Ayon
Ayon Instructor
Julie
Julie Instructor
The Boys
The Boys Crew
The Girls
The Girls Office
Rian
Rian Boat Captain
Sony
Sony Asst Instructor
Fajrul
Fajrul Boat Captain
Hasan
Hasan Boat Captain


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