THE GILI ISLANDS are one of Indonesia’s top diving destinations, situated in the famed Coral Triangle. Our location in the Lombok Strait, is at the exact point where the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean meet the colder waters of the Indian Ocean. This brings a large variety of marine life to enjoy. Each day nutrients ebb and flow through Gilis, carried by ocean currents. This phenomenon, referred to as the “Indonesian Throughflow”, brings life and food to the sea, creating extreme biodiversity in fish, coral and creatures for you to observe while diving in the Gilis.
Each Gili island is conveniently placed to access the 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, 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.
The wide range of dive sites in the Gili’s gives you a variety of topography with a range of hard and soft corals. From wall dives, bommys, wrecks to the largest Biorock program in the world (artificial reefs).
The perfect training ground for beginners, the reef provides an abundance of marine life with gentle drift dives and crystal-clear waters. Popular dive sites include Sunset Reef and Shark Point.
For the advanced diver there is the Japanese World War II wreck, Deep Turbo with its sea mounds and overhangs and Takat Tunang the ideal training spot for deep technical 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.
KOMODO National Park is still largely undiscovered by the scuba diving community, offering a fantastic display of marine diversity and an impressive array of different diving conditions and environments. High-speed currents or gentle drift dives, colourful walls with monumental boulders, endless valleys of coral gardens, seamounts and pinnacles or lunar-like seascapes, Komodo boasts it all. We have frequent sightings of turtles, manta rays and sharks as well as macro life galore - beginners and experienced divers alike will find something amazing during their time in the water.
Komodo is one of the world’s top diving destinations, primely situated in the famed Coral Triangle. The Indonesian Throughflow, where the currents drag the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and colder waters of the Indian Ocean together, means that we enjoy the largest variety of marine life on the planet. While there are certain animals we often see, always expect the unexpected when diving in Komodo.
We can't really say we're not biased, but Komodo's reefs really are the most incredible thing about Komodo National Park. With high-speed currents and gentle drift dives; colourful walls with monumental boulders and endless valleys of coral gardens; seamounts and alien lunar-like seascapes; Komodo boasts it all. Find out for yourself why Komodo is regularly rated one of the top places in the world to dive.
YOU'LL MOST LIKELY SEE:
Dogtooth tuna, giant trevally, barracuda, manta rays, turtles, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, bamboo sharks, nurse sharks, plenty of coral
KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR:
nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish, mandarin fish, frogfish, cuttlefish
Dugongs, whale sharks, dolphins, silvertip sharks, weedy scorpionfish, blue ringed octopus, wonderpuss, and much more!
Our 15-20 most common dive sites are usually about a 40-minute ride from Labuan Bajo. Toby, our speedboat, gets to the further away sites faster than any other boats, but it still makes for a full day of diving reefs and walls with nearly all the sites being drift dives. Find our full list of sites here.
Temperature is dependent on the season, but the waters are usually quite warm. It’s an average of 27-29 degrees celsius in the warmer season of May through September and cools down a few degrees the other half of the year.
Visibility depends on the season, but ranges from 10-40 metres. December through March brings more plankton, reducing the visibility, but increasing the number of pelagics. The best visibility can be found April to November averaging 20-30 metres.
Komodo National Park is renowned for its spectacular diversity of life underwater as well as its famous currents. We strongly suggest that you plan your trip according to the lunar cycle depending on whether you are anticipating an adrenaline-filled trip or would prefer lesser currents. If you are looking to experience strong currents, choose dates that fall around new or full moons. Calmer waters are present in the middle of the cycles.
The South-east coast of Lombok, already frequented by surfers is a delight for divers looking for adventure and exploration.
Depart from our dive centre in the heart of Kuta beach. We will take you for a journey through the scenic coast road to Telong Elong. Offering an unforgettable experience that will take you off the beaten track. We are excited to be opening up this area to divers, so come and explore our newly discovered dive sites full of pelagic fish and untouched coral.
The diving here is accessible to both advanced and beginner divers. The dive sites offering amazing topography including deep walls, swim throughs and caves. We also have incredible muck diving at our dive site Macro Bay.
Other wonders you many see include white tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, sea snakes, magic bommies housing glass fish and pipe fish.You may even take a glimpse of passing manta rays or oceanic sun fish. As we have only just started our adventure in South-east Lombok we don’t know what might be around the corner!
The reef starts from 5 metres and slopes down to 30 metres on most sites holding within immaculate hard and soft corals. On the more advanced site you will find walls droping down to 120m with passing pelagic. For a real adventure we cross the Alas Strait looking upon the shores of Sumbawa and dive a few islands in the channel. The coral life is stunning, untouched and world class on all the different areas.
The shallower reefs are covered by multicolor soft corals, giant table corals and forest of staghorn corals. Big gorgonian
sea fans can be found between 10 to 30m along the vibrant reef creating e perfect habitat for parrotfish, sweetlips, butterfly
fish, surgeon fish, sea snakes, schools of banner fish and fields of clownfish anemones.
The marine biodiversity is amazing. On certain dive sites you might have the chance to spot a large school of two hundred batfish, large pelagic like schooling tunas, giant trevallies, sharks, turtles, dolphins but also schools of cow nose rays and devil rays.
For the most lucky days, mantas, whale shark and mola mola have been spotted in the area! If you are a macro and photography lover, you will be served with a full range of nudibranchs, frogfish, pipefish, sea horses, thinopias, shrimps and an occasional blue ringed octopus!
A 40 minute drive brings you to our harbour, where we have two boats to take you to our dive sites around Lombok and Sumbawa. Boat rides are between half an hour to an hour, depending on the dive site and the boat used. You can enjoy a full day of diving reefs and walls with nearly all the sites being newly discoved. Find our full list of sites here.
Temperature is dependent on the season, but the waters are usually quite warm. On average the water temperature varies from 21-29 degrees celsius.
Visibility depends on the season, but ranges from 8-30 metres. Around Sumbawa it is typically around 10 metres, and around Lombok it tends to be better.
Depening on the dive site, currents range from mild to challenging. While most sites are for every level of diver, some are limited only to the more experienced drift diver.