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Gili Trawangan

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Passion, a commitment to quality and safety, and an emphasis on our diving family have kept Blue Marlin Dive at the forefront of the Indonesian diving industry for over 30 years.

the diving

I’M NEVER LEAVING THIS PLACE… SERIOUSLY!

BLUE MARLIN GILI TRAWANGAN, is the original dive centre of beautiful Gili Islands, in 2020 we will have been operating for 30 years. What was once a small dive shop is now a vibrant PADI 5* IDC Dive Resort, catering to new and experienced divers alike. We offer day trips, multilingual PADI courses taught by award winning PADI instructors, TDI courses, guided technical dives and an exclusive training pool.

Indonesia 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.

THE GILIS offer one of the best places in the world to learn how to dive. Choose between 20+ diverse sites, each with its own character. From sloping reefs and walls, bio rocks and wrecks. This amazing diversity is easily accessible, 10 - 20 minutes away by boat.

LEARN TO DIVE OR IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS WITH BLUE MARLIN

accomodation

I'M NEVER LEAVING THIS PLACE... SERIOUSLY!

Our newly renovated hotel is situated conveniently behind the dive centre. Come and stay at the resort, with deluxe suites suitable for the entire family and an inviting pool on your doorstep. Our onsite restaurant provides Asian and Western food with a breathtaking view of Mount Rinjani.

Furthest from the mainland, the largest of the islands, Gili Trawangan attracts the greatest number of visitors. Trawangan has a wonderful selection of restaurants and activities to choose from still retaining its laid back vibe combined with just the right amount of fun!

Gili T is the ideal destination for people who want to relax, get salty, and make some new friends. Blue Marlin has all the comforts of home set in a tropical paradise. Island transport is by cidomo (horse and cart), or most people prefer to cruise around on bicycles. Let your hair down, leave your shoes behind, and get lost in your own personal oasis!

about

blue marlin Gili Trawangan

BLUE MARLIN GILI TRAWANGAN is the original dive centre of the beautiful Gili islands in Lombok Indonesia. Our local dive shop in Gili Trawangan was established in 1990 by renowned technical diver and instructor Simon Liddiard. Blue Marlin Dive has grown to be an award winning PADI 5 Star Dive Resort and TDI technical diving and IART JJ-CCR facility. Come and see why Blue Marlin Gili Trawangan has now earned TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” for the past 4 years. We’ve built a reputation based on passion, safety, quality and family, 30 years strong and growing. We gladly cater to different levels and styles of diving, including PADI courses and technical diving, taught by multilingual award-winning PADI instructors. We are a one stop shop for all of your dive, retail, and accommodation needs. Spend your holiday soaking up the island vibes and the lively atmosphere of Gili Trawangan!

BLUE MARLIN DIVE is the largest dive company in Indonesia, with 6 locations offering a multitude of underwater and topside experiences throughout this beautiful country. While we continue to expand and offer more services to our guests, we maintain a strong family atmosphere that has been integral to our development from modest beginnings.

Trawangan is the largest and most populated of the three Gilis. Lonely Planet recently referred to it as “a paradise of global repute, ranking alongside Bali and Borobudur as one of Indonesia’s top destinations”. During the day, stroll along the main strip to enjoy an abundance of boutiques, restaurants and spas. Enjoy a game of beach volleyball on Trawangan’s idyllic white sand beaches, snorkel the house reefs, or take a bike ride over to Sunset Point to hear live music and watch the sunset over Agung volcano on Bali. Trawangan is truly a holiday paradise.

Frequently Asked Questions

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If you haven’t been diving in a while (over 6 months), we ask you to sign up for a refresher course. A quick review and pool session just before your refresher dive can help you become comfortable with your dive skills and equipment.

Yes, Blue Marlin offers WiFi. While this will allow you to check email, please note that internet speeds can be unreliable.

When in Indonesia there are a few customs to be aware of to avoid any faux pas: it’s usual to leave your shoes at the door of a home or business (look for a row of flip flops outside as a clue); try not to point with your feet or touch anyone on the head, both can be taken quite offensively; and use your right hand when shaking hands with anyone as the left is generally used for, ahem, other matters. Also, on a dive boat or on the beach, a bikini is perfectly acceptable attire. However, do note that being topless or wearing a very small or revealing bikini or G-string is frowned upon. When walking around the island, please cover up with a sarong.

No. We only run liveaboard trips out of Labuan Bajo, Flores. However, there are multiple daily flights connecting Lombok, Bali & Labuan Bajo.

E-learning lite is a great way to do your theory and exam prior to arrival. On arrival all you will need to do is watch the PADI videos and review and revise any tricky areas with your instructor. Then it’s just the practical side of the course. However, some people prefer face-to-face teaching and feel more comfortable being taught in person. It is really up to you. Whether you like a personal interaction with your Instructor during theory time or prefer self-study using the PADI website, both options will allow you to pass your course and have a full understanding of the diving world.

The local currency is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). As of July 2015, Indonesian law mandates rupiah must be used for all transactions in the country. IDR 1,000,000 (1 million) is roughly equal to USD$ 70, EURO€ 60, GBP£ 45, AUS$ 100. Please check out http://xe.com/ for current exchange rates.

The Indonesian Government now allows visa-free travel for 52 countries valid for 30 days. (Check if your country is listed here) Please be aware that this option is not extendable or convertible into another type of visa. Make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of arrival in Indonesia. If your country is not listed or you think you may stay longer than 30 days, we advise you to get a Visa on Arrival (USD 35), which can be extended for another 30 days.

We change the dive sites on a daily basis so you can discover many different locations. When you arrive, check out where we are going in the next few days and sign up for the sites that appeal to you. We are happy to try and accommodate requests for dive sites. Please note that this is not always possible due to course scheduling and ocean conditions.

We understand that booking domestic flights within Indonesia can be frustrating and are happy to help! Let us know the dates that you are interested in, which airport you will be departing from and the full passport names of any passengers and we’ll have it sorted for you. Please note that all bookings do incur a 10% service charge.

The biggest medical problems that may prevent you from diving are asthma, diabetes, recent surgery, high blood pressure and certain prescription medications. If you are concerned, please refer to our medical statement here. If you answer yes to any of the questions, it’s best to get an ok and signed statement from your personal doctor before visiting.

Yes. Due to our remote locations, we strongly recommend dive insurance. We offer DAN (Diver’s Alert Network) Short Term Insurance from 1 day - 1 month. This is good for anywhere within Indonesia and coverage begins immediately. We are happy to sign you up in advance, or you can sign up the day you arrive. Please note that dive insurance is mandatory for all liveaboards. Please contact us for current pricing.

Assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses, no. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how to properly equalise. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you’ll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

Electricity is 230v and Indonesia uses the European-style two-pin round plugs. Adaptors are readily available throughout Indonesia. If the standard voltage in your country is between 220V – 240V you can use your electric appliances throughout Indonesia

Yes, you may see a shark! Incidents with sharks are extremely rare throughout the world and in respect to diving, primarily involve spear fishing or shark feeding both of which trigger feeding behavior. The sharks you may see are more likely to be scared of you and if you are lucky to see one it is a magnificent sight to enjoy.

Our standard tanks are interchangeable between yoke and DIN, meaning we can change our tanks according to your needs.

Although there is Malaria throughout Indonesia, the risk to travelers staying at any Blue Marlin is quite small. Prevention by Malaria tablets is usually not prescribed. You will find that the usual precautions of wearing repellent and long loose clothing are sufficient protection, and most hotels use a spray when they clean the rooms. If you have to take anti-malarial medication be careful about the use of Larium, as in about 50% of cases it produces unpleasant side effects when combined with diving.

You can dive after flying as long as you are rested and properly hydrated from a long haul flight. You must wait 18 hours after diving however to be able to fly. Due to the schedule of our dive trips, unless your flight leaves before 9:00 am the following morning, you will be fine to dive and fly the next day.

It is perfectly safe to dive while you have your period. You are not more prone to shark attack! If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant the recommendation is that you should not dive. Physiologists know little about the effects of diving with a foetus.

Water temperatures vary between 23-28°C. We provide a 3mm long or short wetsuit to all guests, If you tend to get cold, we do provide 3 or 4mm shorty to put under the long wetsuit upon request.

There are plenty of ATMs on Gili Trawangan, including one just around the corner from Blue Marlin, next to Bank Mandiri. Please note that withdrawal limits are usually around 10.000.000/day (USD 750). There are also several money changers on Gili Trawangan, but to avoid disappointment in exchange rates, change your money on Lombok or Bali at official money changers and/or banks.

Similar to the rest of the tropical world, the Gilis have a wet season and a dry season. Rainy season generally runs from November until March. However, rainy season doesn’t mean it’s raining all day, every day. Most showers fall in the afternoon and very rarely do we have to cancel a trip due to weather. Furthermore, like most of the world, this past year has seen a change in the seasons with rains falling through August. What the weather may be like is anyone’s guess! In terms of crowds, high season is July, August and September with a busy week around the Christmas and New Year Holidays. We recommend April, May, October and November as the best months for optimal weather and beating the crowds.

Due to varied topography, conditions and depths, we may limit certain sites to advanced certifications or higher. You can find the certification need to dive each site by visiting our dive site descriptions here.

We request that all divers make a IDR 50.000 one-time contribution towards the Gili Eco Trust Fund. This money goes towards set up of buoys on all the dive sites, patrols against illegal fishing and the planning of reef & beach clean-ups.

While the Gilis offer pristine conditions to swim and snorkel, you should never try to swim to the next island. The islands are further than they look and the currents between the islands can be very strong, even for the strongest of swimmers.

If you arrive at Praya International Airport, we can arrange to have you picked up in our air-conditioned car and transferred via speedboat. The journey is roughly 2 hours by car and approximately 15 minutes by speedboat. Prices are as follows: 1 person: IDR 950.000; 2 people: IDR 950.000; 3 people: IDR 1.100.000; 4 people: IDR 1.150.000; 5 people: IDR 1.200,000; 6 people: IDR 1.250.000

Clinics and apoteks (pharmacies) are located all over the east side of Gili Trawangan. However, prices vary and medical knowledge is limited. If you need medical attention, we recommend Villa Ombak’s 24-hour clinic with the island’s only doctor. The closest international hospital and recompression chamber is ‘Rumah Sakit Harapan Keluarga’ hospital just south-east of Mataram on Lombok.

Yes, you can dive on the day that you arrive as long as you arrive at the dive shop at least 45 minutes before the scheduled dive.

At the dive shop, we accept credit cards (Visa and MasterCard at a 3% surcharge), bank transfers, TransferWise, PayPal payments (+5% Paypal fees) and Indonesian Rupiah. Due to Indonesian law, we cannot accept any other currencies.

Similar to the rest of the tropical world, the Gilis have a wet season and a dry season. With Mount Rinjani to the immediate east on Lombok, and Mount Agung to the west on Bali, The Gilis are somewhat sheltered and enjoy a slightly drier climate when compared to surrounding areas. The wet season is from December to April and the cooler dry season is from May to November. However, even during rainy season, the rains generally only appear for short periods in the afternoon with little effect on diving.

Yes, Nitrox tanks are available for an additional cost.


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meet the team

Firman
Firman Dive Instructor
Neil
Neil Instructor
Sarah
Sarah Instructor
Emet
Emet CAPTAIN AND DIVEMASTER
Ary
Ary Divemaster
Nadine
Nadine Instructor
Morgan
Morgan Instructor
Adi
Adi Divemaster
Atik
Atik Front Office
fiona
fiona General Manager
oj
oj General Manager


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