Gili Meno and Mahamaya – Indonesia

Frangipani flower in cupped hands. Gili Meno, Indonesia (Philip Hill/Phil Hill)

Island hopping over to Gili Meno

Before realizing what country I am in, quickly I’m hurried into an airport taxi and on my way to the seaport of Padang Bai. A rookie mistake, not even enough time to consider whether this mode of transport is actually the cheapest as my driver keeps insisting, with the rain now beginning to pour, and in typical Balinese style, the driving is frantic, belts optional.

Landing late afternoon in a busy Denpasar, Bali, I had to reach Padang Bai that evening to catch a morning boat over to three tiny islands off the coast of Lombok to the east, another one of Indonesia’s 17,508 islands. The middle of these three, Gili Meno, I was most interested in, promising nothing more than quiet and cold drinks, a far cry from incessant heavy traffic and the multitude of horn blowing of Bali’s capital.

Actually I was there to photograph the very serene Mahamaya boutique beach resort in the very quietest corner of Meno.

Mahamaya means ultimate paradise in Indonesian and I certainly did not see anything to tell me otherwise, definitely worth checking out if you find yourself on the Gilis.

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A family sit down to eat on the beach front of the resort. (Philip Hill/Phil Hill)