EXPLORING LOMBOK'S UNDERWATER

SCUBA DIVING IN LOMBOK

Three small islands, surrounded by coral, The Gilis, off Lombok's west coast, are fast becoming one of her main draw cards. Dive centers with all the high tech equipment and professional instructors ensure that visiting divers at all levels of experience and ability can dive in waters that have more varieties of fish than anywhere in the world - and that includes The Great Barrier Reef and Red Sea.

 

The islands are very relaxed and laid-back, with countless little beachside cafes playing reggae and serving up banana pancakes, and no cars or motorbikes to disturb the peace. The white sand beaches are without a doubt better than anywhere on Bali or Lombok.

 

The Gili islands have excellent diving, with an impressive array of sea creatures and plant life to be seen, such as green and hawksbill turtles, manta rays, bumphead parrotfish and more. Visibility is commonly in the 15-20m range. However, due to the exposed position of the Gilis, currents can be quite strong and drift diving is the norm.


Gili Trawangan

Now appears to head the list as the most popular island - it has long had a reputation as the 'party' island mainly through a concentrated and central foreshore area of restaurants, dive operations and hotels including some luxury boutique choices.

High standards, great instructors, new gear, good boats, saltwater pool for training.

 

Gili Meno

Still the quietest island is a place to escape to and although it has a smaller list of accommodation options those that it has are tending towards a more up-market clientele. Snorkeling off beaches of pure white sand the coral is superb.

 

Gili Air

Has the largest local population and while it has more of a lived-in feeling than the other two islands for some that is quite possibly its attraction. On Gili Air it's possible to likewise enjoy the marine possibilities but also one can absorb some of the local culture missing on the other islands.

 

In addition to the Gilis there are many other dive and snorkel possibilities such as an area now being promoted on the rugged south coast where the experienced can now dive among hammerheads and rays.

 

SNORKELING ON GILI ISLANDS

You can rent masks and fins off the beach, or contact any of the numerous dive shops to arrange snorkeling or diving at choice spots nearby. It's possible to snorkel right off the beach, but pay attention to the currents, which can be quite strong even near the shore.

 

The best snorkeling is at Coral Beach Bungalow (North side of Gili Trawangan) - turtles abound in this area! At low tide it is hard to get out without reef shoes.

 

 

DAILY DIVE TRIPS FROM SENGGIGI

Lombok Network Holidays in cooperation with reputable dive schools on the gilis and Senggigi can arrange daily dive trip or snorkeling trip to the gilis includes return transfers, boat, equipment and lunch at a reasonable fare. To join our daily dive trip, you must be a certified diver (at least PADI Open Water - Certified). You'd be picked up at 08:20 AM from your hotel lobby, transfer you to Telok Nare Harbour, then proceed to Gili Trawangan by Private Boat, meet up with the crew and guide, get explanation about the dive sites options to visit, prepared for the morning boat dive trip.

Return to the base at around 11:30 and have a lunch break and get back to the boat again for the afternoon dive.

Price per person including lunch at local restaurant in set menu preparation: USD 105/person

Non diver (accompanying person/s) can join this trip and do snorkeling off the shore of Gili Trawangan at: USD 25/person

 

Price Includes:

- Return transfer from Senggigi area to Gili Island (incl. boat)

- 1 x lunch at pointed restaurant on the Island

- Equipments, dive master and Insurance

- Tax and service charge