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Dive, Eat or Stay! Imagine stepping out of your room to enjoy a morning dive with sea turtles, lunch at a cozy beach restaurant, followed by another dive.  Finish the day relaxing with a spectacular sunset view while chatting with others who share your passion for the sea – or simply enjoy the serenity of the moment.

 

If this sounds like the perfect day to you, we welcome you at Divine Divers on the beautiful island of Gili Meno, well known for its gorgeous beaches, pristine blue waters and amazing marine life. Whether you already love diving or you are planning on getting your first diving experience, you will find all of this under one roof.

 

Most our guests appreciate the relaxed and flexible, yet professional ambience at Divine Divers – and so do we. What makes us different is our personal approach – you come as a guest and leave as part of our Divine Divers family. And never forget: Don’t let your gills dry out, answer the call of the sea and slip beneath the waves to be in another, beautiful universe.

Diving

We at Divine Divers Gili Meno are passionate divers who are enthusiastic about showing you the beauty of the Gilis’ underwater world – whether you are an experienced diver or still learning. We aim to provide the most professional diving services while keeping things safe and most importantly fun.

Accommodation

Spectacular sunset views and a tranquil white sandy beach in the north west of Meno – this is where you will stay. Just next to the dive center and steps away from the beach our 5 pool- view bungalows are equipped with hot water showers, air con, TV, a safety box and comfortable double beds.

Bar & Resto

Bubbles Bar & Restaurant is the place to hang out after your dive and the top spot on Meno to watch the sun kiss the ocean after a relaxing day on the island. High quality Indonesian fusion food and of course and a chilled atmosphere awaits.

Over ten years in the game

We are writing the year 2022 – our 10 year anniversary was last year. We would love to tell you now about the awesome celebration we had. But we didn’t because we want to celebrate it with you.

A lot has happened since Natasja, Marcel and their daughter Mara came to Meno to set up the first Divine Divers dive center. More a beach shack back then, the little dive center has evolved into a full blown dive resort with bungalows, restaurant and a bar. It has kept the atmosphere and of course it’s awesome location. Come and find us on Gili Meno! Interested in the history of Divine?

Reasons to chose Divine Divers

Divine Divers offers everything travellers and divers could possibly need and want: A beach location bordering the warm and blue waters, fringing reefs, rich marine life and most importantly a great atmosphere. At our tropical island paradise, we cater to all divers, non-divers and wanna-be divers from 8 to 88 years of age.

Quality and Service

It is our mission to provide high quality and a first-class service to all our guests: Diving or non-diving. You are welcome to stay, to eat, to drink and of course also to dive with us into the beautiful underwater world of the Gilis.

  • For over 10 years (or more than 10.000 dives) people have trusted in our diving services
  • We offer 3-4 dives a day and courses start daily
  • Our diving groups are small with no more than 4 divers per guide or instructor
  • Groups are organized according to experience and air consumption
  • Dive gear is loaded onto the boats in the morning and washed after the dive so all you really need to do is enjoy your Gili diving experience

All Inclusive Prices and Packages

  • We offer high value dive and stay packages
  • There are no hidden costs in our prices. We try to be as transparent as possible to show you exactly what you get for the money you pay

Facilities

Our facilities are brand new since we just completely renovated before having to close down on 2020. Our facilities include but are not limited to:

  • Classroom
  • Diver training pool
  • 2 purpose build and fully equipped dive boats
  • 1 shuttle boat
  • Changing rooms including lockers and shower
  • Equipment storage room
  • Equipment servicing centre
  • Beach bar and restaurant catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Bean bags where you sit back, relax and enjoy bar and restaurant services on the beach
  • 5 fully equipped bungalows with pool view

Safety

  • We have oxygen and first aid on all our boats and in the dive center.
  • All dive equipment that comes in contact with body liquids is disinfected and hung to dry
  • Our dive equipment is regularly maintained and exchanged before the time is up
  • Our food is fresh and we emphasize on hygiene – we offer fish dishes only based on availability, icecream and ice cubes are made of bottled water. Our kitchen is clean and ready for a visit or inspection at any time
  • Rooms are thoroughly cleaned and bathrooms disinfected after every visitor

Staff and Ownership

Divine Divers is a family owned and run business and personal interactions are important to us. We care about our guests, staff and the environment. Our staff consists of dedicated individuals from all over Indonesia and the world. We love to show you our pretty universe and offer the best diving we can.

  • Our guides have done thousands of dives with guests and they all speak English fluently. All of them are trained dive masters
  • Our multilingual instructors are hand chosen for their personality and great teaching records. They are able to teach SSI and PADI courses and speak the languages of the majority of our guests.

Environmental and local outreach

  • Waste separation is a big thing for us and we are actively involved in keeping Gili Meno and its beaches clean
  • Our staff joins the weekly clean up walks and we initiate clean-up dives as well
  • Linen and towels are not exchanged and washed every day – please let us know if you need a fresh towel or new bed sheets
  • We train young locals to become dive guides

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GETTING HERE

Many roads lead to the Gili Islands and to Gili Meno in particular – the most popular options are either by (fast) boat or you fly to Lombok and take a transfer from there. It’s so easy to get to these wonderful islands that you should not miss out on a trip to the Gilis. We are more than happy to help you with your bookings, just email us on info@divinedivers.com or more information. All information provided here is subjected to change due to weather conditions and force major. Fast boat ticket prices vary but you certainly get what you pay for in terms of comfort. Please note, it isn’t necessarily cheaper to get a return ticket and often plans change especially once you have fallen in love with the Gilis. We know of many return tickets that have never been used.

 

Divine Divers is located in the North West of Gili Meno whereas the main harbor is in the South East. Gili Meno as well as the two other Gilis have banned motorized transport. You get around by walking, cycling or per horse cart. Bikes can be hired either for an hourly or daily rate, the cidomo horse carts charge you according to distance and walking is of course free. Best is to agree on the price before you hire and friendly haggling always helps.  Please expect a 20 to 25 minutes leisurely walk to get from the harbour to Divine Divers.

 

If walking or horse drawn carriages are not what you have on your mind, you can also charter a private boat for little money from either Lombok or the other two Gilis which will drop you off right in front of our doorstep.

BY BOAT FROM BALI

Fast Boats

The Gilis (and Lombok) are serviced by many fast boats from Bali. Speedboats depart from Padang Bai (East Bali), Ahmed (East Bali) and Serangan (South Bali near Sanur). The fast boat companies will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the departure harbor. Most companies offer various departures per day – one leaving in the morning and one around lunchtime.

BY BOAT FROM LOMBOK

Public boat

Bangsal harbor in North West Lombok is the main getaway to the Gili Islands. The public ferries to the islands are very cheap and the trip takes 20 to 30 minutes. Just make sure you purchase the ticket at the official ticket office to avoid overcharging by some local touts. Scheduled times are 09:00, 14:00 and 17:00.

BY AIRPLANE

Lombok International Airport (LOP) is located in Southern Lombok and is the go-to airport for domestic and international flights. From the airport it is a 1,5 to 2 hour drive to either Bangsal or Teluk Nara from where you can catch a public (Bangsal – 20-30 minutes) or speed boat (Taluk Nara – 15 minutes) to Gili Meno. Let us know if you’d like to book an airport transfer. We will gladly arrange pickup and speedboat transfer for you.

GETTING AROUND AND BETWEEN

It is easy to find Divine Divers on Gili Meno. We are located on the most beautiful sunset beach almost opposite the harbour. Just follow the path through the center of the island for about 20 minutes, hire a cidomo (horse card) or rent a bike. Alternatively hire a local boat from either Lombok, Gili Air or Gili Trawangan and be dropped off on our beach to directly faceplant into our Bubbles beach bar.

The crossing time depends highly on the season and therewith on the weather and conditions. It usually takes 1,5 to 2 hours but it can also take longer during rainy season. Eka Jaya has a speed boat directly to Gili Meno. Tickets can either be booked at one of the many tour agencies (don’t forget to negotiate the price) or directly https://ekajayafastboat.com/

If you can’t get a direct transfer to Gili Meno, it makes sense to get a ticket to Gili Trawangan. Here you have two options. Please contact us for recommendations. Once there, you can either wait in one of the many beach cafes for the island hopper boat. This will take you to Meno harbor. From there you can either walk to Divine Divers on the opposite side of the island (about 20 minutes) or you can take a horse card.

The other option is to charter a small boat to the west side of Gili Meno where you will be dropped off directly in front of Divine Divers. The price depends on the season and you will always get a better price if you bargain with a smile. The price is always per boat so it makes sense to get some people together who also want to go to Gili Meno. If you’d like us to arrange your transfer from Gili Tranwangan, just let us know in advance.

On a budget

Are you a very seasoned traveller who doesn’t mind some long journeys? Are you on a budget and would like to travel like many of the locals do? Then the public ferry might be an option for you. Ferries leave almost hourly 24/7 and you can get tickets at the ticket counter at the harbor in Padangbai. Even though the crossing time is only about 4 hours, expect this journey to take the entire day (or longer). The ferry lands in Lembar in West Lombok. From there you can change to public transit to make your way to Bangsal and the Gilis. Alternatively, you can hire a driver. Please only approach this trip if the journey is your destinations. It’s a cool experience but it doesn’t get you to the Gili Islands fast.

However, the boats leave when full and not necessarily on the scheduled time. It is best to be prepared for some waiting time. The public boat will take you to Gili Meno harbor from where you can either walk (approx. 20 minutes) or take a horse card to Divine Divers.

Speed boat

Should you miss the last public boat or public boats are not really your thing then it is also an option to charter a private (speed) boat at both Bangsal and Teluk Nara. Let us know if you need help with prebooking this service. Please be aware, that we can’t just pull a speedboat out of a hat and need some time to arrange a speedboat transfer.

If you are a group of people, the private (speed) boat option is actually the more convenient one since these boats can drop you off right in front of Divine Divers (tide permitting). If the tide is too low, you will again be dropped at Gili Meno harbor. From there it’s a 20-minute walk or short cidomo (horsecard) ride.

Alternatively, you can also take a taxi and arrange your own transfer to the islands.

International Flights

Before the pandemic there were daily international (direct) flights from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Perth. Following airlines serviced the airport: Air Asia, Silk Air (Singapore Airlines) and Garuda. Garuda connects Lombok to major destinations around the world with a stopover in Jakarta.

We assume that the flight operators will resume their service to Lombok International Airport again once restrictions in Indonesia are lifted. The VOA (visa on arrival had also been suspended at the moment but it is a matter of time before quarantine free travel and VOA become available again. We will keep you up to date.

Domestic flights

Several flights a day connect Denpasar (DPS) in Bali to Lombok (LOP) and several airlines fly this route and vice versa. The flight time is approximately 25 minutes. You can book tickets online, at ticket agencies or at the domestic terminal in Denpasar.

But also other Indonesian airports have daily flights to Lombok. Garuda connects Lombok to the rest of the world with a brief stopover in Jakarta.

Let us know if you need any help with your tickets

To get to Gili Trawangan or Gili Air is also easy. You either charter a local boat or take the island hopper which is available twice per day for a bit of pocket money. Since times could be changing, best check with us, your hotel or at the harbor for the most up to date time table. Even through the distance in between the islands is only a few hundred meters and from your beach lounger Tranwangan looks like a stone throw away

Despite the fact that the islands are only a few hundred meters apart, and appear to be swimmable, DO NOT attempt to swim between them, the currents are deceptively strong, and a number of people have died trying. This is usually no problem when snorkelling close to the shore, but further out you can get swept away.

Looking for a perfect holiday paradise? Then look no further. With its white-sand beaches and coconut palm trees the Gili islands are just that vision of paradise. The three Gilis, namely, Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan are located off the north west coast of Lombok and are relatively easily accessible from both Lombok and Bali. Each island has its distinct personality. The Gilis offer some of the best snorkeling and diving possibilities in the region and you’ll forever be surrounded by the key element that makes the Gilis Islands an unbeaten tropical paradise.

Gili Trawangan is the biggest one of the three. It has earned itself a reputation of a party island but has drawn in a more upmarket crowd in the past few years. Once a backpacker paradise with simple beach bars and huts the old party goers have settled down and many have chosen Gili T to raise their children. Families and travelers who are seeking the tropical island experience with the luxuries from home now often flock to the beaches. Once the sun sets on Trawangan you’ll realize it is still there, Gili T, the partygoers paradise. The social atmosphere is a massive draw and each night of the week another club or bar hosts a party.

Gili Air is located closest to Lombok and has without doubt the best sunrise view over Mount Rinjani. There is a wide range of accommodation on the island and food options are also quite varied. Gili Air is a quieter version of Gili T and eager party animals should aim for full moon to enjoy a wild night out. Gili Air is certainly more tranquil and its character is a blend of Meno and Tranwangan. If you are after beaches and the Gilis from 20 years ago, aim for Meno.

Gili Meno is known for its relaxed and serene beauty away from the other two island’s. The smallest and quietest of the three Gilis, Meno arguably has the best beaches of the lot – imagine white sand scattered with palm trees, fringed with crystal clear water.

Gili Meno has a population of only about 300 locals. The interior of the island is mostly palm trees surrounded by grass which is kept neat by cows grazing lazily in the shade.

The main village is located on the eastern side of Gili Meno where you will also find the the tiny harbour alongside some accommodation, shops and the doctor’s clinic.

Sunset Beach, on the northwest side of Meno, is where your Gili Meno dive center Divine Divers is based. The scenery is more tranquil and most visitors consider it the best part of the island.

In general, there are great seafood restaurants, hotels and guesthouses that cater to all budgets scattered about here and there. You’ll find life music in some of the lovely beach bars but Gili Meno is by far the most laid back of the three. If you are longing for busy nightlife you’re only a few minutes’ boat ride from Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, both boasting nice beaches and a huge array of accommodation, restaurants, and entertainment.

Not far from Divine Divers in the north of the island you’ll find a turtle nursery, where locals are taking care of baby turtles until they are 8 months old. At this age, they are big enough to be released into the sea. You can support them financially but also help them to feed the turtles.

Also, Gili Meno has amazing snorkeling spots such as the famous “Bask Nest” which is an underwater sculpture with 48 life-sized human figures made by the artist Jason deCaires Taylor.

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Things to Know

Covid Information

We have listed all Covid related information on a dedicated page which you will find here

When to go

You can’t always influence the time your employer let’s you go on holiday and if you have school children, you are pretty much dependant on school holidays. Overall, the Gili Islands are a great destination to visit all year round. Compared to Bali, Lombok and th Gilis experience less rainfall but the rainy season is noticeable on Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. The dry season runs from April to the end of October with the peak season being July and August. A large number of tourists visit the islands during these two months. However, Meno usually doesn’t get as busy as the other two islands so you are pretty sure to still have a super relaxing holiday.

Electricity and power cuts

The Gili’s are largely powered by an undersea cable from Lombok. Gili Meno as well as the two other Gilis experience power cuts at times especially when the demand is high.

Our generators provide electricity for the fridges to ensure an uninterrupted cooling chain and for the lights in your room. The power cuts don’t usually last long and they provide a perfect opportunity to use the time, look up from a screen and talk to each other.

Our sockets are made for European plugs. Coming from other parts of the world you will need to bring an adaptor. Or simply ask us, we have a few to lend.

Health and Safety

Gili Meno has a health center which is located near the harbour. Only 800 meters further on Gili Trawangan you’ll find several 24-hour clinics. The doctors there can deal with minor injuries, medical problems and can prescribe certain prescription drugs. The International hospital in Mataram and the Thai hospital Siloam offer an excellent standard of service. The hyperbaric chamber is located at .. and can be reached from Meno in approx.. x hours.

Overall, there isn’t much crime on the Gilis. but no place on this planet is 100% free of it. Petty crime does happen, very, very rarely but it does. Therefor the same applies as anywhere else in the world: do not leave valuables in your room. Our rooms do have a safety box so please leave it there or you can also store it in our safe at reception.

Communication

There are two ATM machines on Gili Meno. In case they are not working usually it helps to just wait a day or two. However, many places are also offering cash advances on a credit card for a fee. You won’t get stuck without money, there is always a solution.

Divine Divers accepts visa and mastercard payments. Please be aware that we have to add 3% additional bank fees to all credit card payments.

Since we are in in the 21st century we do accept PayPal payments, google pay, apple pay but of course also the old fashioned cash and bank transfers.

Parties and Nightlife

If you are a party animal and want to boogie into the early morning hours then Gili Trawangan is your place to go – the biggest of the three Gilis is famous for its legendary parties. Gili Air and Gili Meno are far more sedate but not boring. You’ll find plenty of beach bars, cafes and of course life music at Gili Meno. You’ll get to know like-minded people from around the world while enjoying a cool drink and a relaxed athmosphere. If you don’t’s want to miss out on the fullmoon parties, then Gili T is only an 800-meter boat ride away an easy to reach for a night out while still enjoying quiet days on secluded white sandy beaches.

Gili Eco Trust

Gili Eco Trust is an NGO based on Gili Trawangan. It was founded in 2002 to protect coral reefs around the Gili islands from destructive fishing such as dynamite fishing and the effects of coral bleaching. The Gili Eco Trust has grown and expanded its activities from marine conservation to waste management and sustainable eco-tourism. In 2004, Gili Eco Trust started the Biorock project. The creation of artificial reefs and restoring the natural habitat of thousands of fish in previously destroyed and overfished areas of the reef.

Visa

This section is most likely to change!

At the moment it is only possible to enter Indonesia on a Business (Tourist) Visa. Before the pandemic following visas were available for tourists:

A 30 day visa on arrival (VOA) was available for most nationalities upon arrival in Indonesia. It was either free of charge or came at a cost of 35 USD depending on your nationality. Citizens of countries not eligible for the VOA were required to apply for the visa before they arrive in Indonenesia.

It was also possible to get a 60 day visa but you needed to get that at an Indonesian embassy before arrival. Alternatively you could get the 35 USD VOA (even when you were entitled for the free version) because it was possible to extend this by another 30 days. However, an extension is only possible once

What to do

There are many things to do on the Gili Islands and Gili Meno in particular

  1. Diving and Snorkeling – for sure the two main attractions on the Gilis
  2. Watch the sunset from our Bubbles Bar and Resto
  3. Surround the island on horseback, by foot or rent a bike
  4. Island Hopping by public island hopper, a tour or private boat
  5. Watersports is readily available. Take a glassbottom canoe, surf or kitesurf during rainy season
  6. Stretch your body and enjoy yoga with the sound of the sea in the background
  7. Party the night away on Trawangan and return to tranquil Meno in the early morning hours.
  8. Enjoy the life music at one of the beach bars
  9. Visit the Meno Turtle Sanctuary
  10. Relax on Meno’s pristine beaches
  11. Eat at awesome (fish)restaurants or local warungs
  12. Join the weekly beach cleanups
Mosque and island etiquette

Indonesia is the biggest muslim country in the world. Most people are mistaken by Bali and its Hindu religion but most of Indonesia, including Lombok and the Gili Islands comprise a large muslim population who are just as welcoming and accepting of tourists.

The daily calls for prayers can be heard across Gili Meno from the local mosque. If the wind blows over from Travangan you might even hear the mosques from there at times.

Our Indonesian friends and neighbors are totally aware and understand cultural differences but please be respectful and don’t go shopping in the local village only wearing a bikini. Topless bathing is frowned upon. Actually it is prohibited by law so please accept the tan lines as a souvenir from paradise.

As in many places all over Asia, please don’t point at someone or something with your feet and use your right hand when taking something that is handed to you.

If you see shoes at the entrance of a house, a shop, or any other place, please also remove yours – even if it is only fipflops.

And finally, don’t get angry, try to solve problems with a smile.

Fresh Water

Water is scarce on the islands and is supplied by desalination plants, underground or the rain. Please be conservative with water anywhere on the islands. Take shorts showers and let us know when your bed or towels need changing. Tap water is not suitable for drinking but bottled water is cheap and readily available. Please refill your bottles at refilling stations rather than buying new ones to also avoid plastic waste.

Money

There are two ATM machines on Gili Meno. In case they are not working usually it helps to just wait a day or two. However, many places are also offering cash advances on a credit card for a fee. You won’t get stuck without money, there is always a solution.

Divine Divers accepts visa and mastercard payments. Please be aware that we have to add 3% additional bank fees to all credit card payments.

Since we are in in the 21st century we do accept PayPal payments, google pay, apple pay but of course also the old fashioned cash and bank transfers.

Animals and Mosquitoes

You won’t find dogs on Gili Meno or any other of the Gilis. Much to the delight of the cat population, dogs are not permitted on either of the islands.

In the village and around you will find chickens, goats and cats roam around as well as grazing cows in the shade of coconut trees.

Geckos are endemic in Indonesia and you will see and hear them in and around pretty much everywhere. Geckos are small lizards and they are totally harmless.

Against rumors, Gili Meno is NOT mosquito island. The beautiful lake on the island consists of brackish water and is not suitable for mosquito reproduction. Gili Meno has the same number of mosquitoes as Gili Air and Gili T do:  a usual amount for a tropical island. They become active in the twilight hours. Light and long clothing helps, so does mosquito repellent which is available as coils, spray, stickers or bracelets.

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