THE GILI ISLANDS are one of Indonesia’s top diving destinations, primely situated in the famed Coral Triangle. Our location in the Lombok Strait, at the exact point where the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and colder waters of the Indian Ocean meet, means that we enjoy the largest variety of marine life on the planet. Each and every day, large amounts of nutrients ebb and flow through Gilis’ waters, carried by ocean currents. This phenomenon, referred to as the “Indonesian Throughflow”, brings life and food to our surrounding environment, creating extreme biodiversity in fish, coral and creatures for you to observe while diving Gili Meno.
Gili Air is conveniently placed to access dive sites around all three islands with no site more than a 10-15 minutes boat ride away. Our reefs teem with a great variety of life: clownfish, angelfish, sweetlips, grouper, wrasse, anenomes, starfish, and much more! We also are lucky enough to see green and hawksbill turtles on almost every dive, with the Gilis often being referred to as the “Turtle Capital of the World”. Morays, stingrays, cuttlefish, octopus and macro critters are other frequent sightings. If you’re lucky, you may see blacktip or whitetip reef sharks, frogfish, ghost pipefish, and, very occasionally, pygmy seahorses. Whale sharks, mola mola and manta rays are not unheard of, but you need to be lucky and keep your eyes peeled to spot these majestic ocean giants while diving.
YOU'LL MOST LIKELY SEE:
green turtles, hawksbill turtles, cuttlefish, octopus, mantis shrimp, clownfish, lionfish, trevally, blacktip reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks
KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR:
nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish, mandarin fish, frog fish, eagle rays
mantas, mola mola, whale sharks, weedy scorpionfish, blue ringed octopus
Our 24+ dive sites (all a mere 10-15 minutes away from our central location) offer sloping reefs, walls, BioRocks and multiple wrecks. Depending on the dive site, currents range from non-existent to fairly strong pushes. However, almost all dives are treated as drifts, so the boat will pick you up wherever you surface.
Temperature is dependent on the season, but waters are generally quite warm, averaging about 28-29 degrees Celsius. The warmest waters are generally present from May through August with colder temperatures from December through March.
Vibility in the Gilis ranges from 10 to 35 metres, depending on the time of the year. From December through March, we generally experience reduced visibility (about 10-20m) due to higher plankton content in the water. However, it is this same plankton that attracts pelagics such as whale sharks, manta and even mola mola! Our best visibility falls around May through August with 30+ metres being pretty typical.