Snorkel at the Underwater Sculptures of Gili Meno, Indonesia

Snorkel at the Underwater Sculptures of Gili Meno, Indonesia

Snorkel at the Underwater Sculptures of Gili Meno, Indonesia

The Gili Islands are three small islands off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia. Just of the shore of the smallest island, Gili Meno, are 48 life-size human sculptures, formed in a circle. Put your goggles on, get in the water, and be amazed by what’s happening in the underwater world around the Gili Islands.

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Sculptures at Gili Meno

The sculptures beneath the sea level is a project called ‘Nest’ of sculptor and underwater photographer Jason DeCaires Taylor. Placed to act as an artificial reef, the underwater sculptures at Gili Meno ensures that corals start growing on it, which results in many fish swimming around the sculptures. At the same time, it functions as a dive and photograph site which creates jobs for the locals on the Gili Islands.

Jason placed multiple human-made reefs in the shallow waters around Gili Meno and other locations around the world. The expectations are that the sculptures will turn into a fully established reef with a lot of fish finding food.

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How to visit the underwater Sculptures at Gili Meno

The sculptures at Gili Meno are accessible to anyone. You can either visit this piece of art by a boat trip from Gili Air or Gili Trawangan or stay at Gili Meno and swim 5-minutes from the beach.

Taking a boat to snorkel at Gili Meno is one of the best things to do on Gili Air. From both Gili Air and Gili Trawangan is takes a short 15-minute boat ride to reach the diving/snorkeling site. You don’t need to be a skilled diver or snorkeler to see the sculptures with your own eyes as they are right below the water surface.

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Due to its easy accessibility the snorkeling site is slowly becoming famous with photographers and visitors. Best is to visit the site in the early morning.

Snorkeling at Gili Meno

Between Bali and Lombok are the tiny Gili Islands. Gili Meno is the smallest and quietest island of the three Islands. The island is one of the best places to find turtles, and it has a saltwater lake in the middle of the island. From Gili Air, it is quick boat ride to Gili Meno.

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  • Hi guys! How do you get so early (7 a.m. – 8 a.m.) to these statues when you’re staying in Gili Air? How did you guys do this? ☺️
    Thank you in advance!

    • saltinourhair

      Hi! We let our hotel fix a private boat. You could also rent some kayaks at the beach if the weather is good :)

      • Moira Nardoni

        Thank you for all your blogs. I absolutely love them and find them very helpful. How much was the private boat to the underwater statutes?
        Thanks :)

        • Salt in our Hair

          Hi Moira, it was a long time ago that we did it, so prices may have changed. Normally the public snorkelling tours are about 100-150K IDR and the private double that. It is also dependant on where you are taking the boat from, so it’s best to go down to the harbour and ask 💙

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