blue marlin
Lombok Kuta

dive the undiscovered

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

PIONEERS IN EAST LOMBOK EXPLORATION DIVING

BLUE MARLIN KUTA is the latest PADI 5 Star Dive centre to join the Blue Marlin family. Based in the famous surfing town of Kuta on the South Coast of Lombok our dive centre is located in the heart of the village near Kuta beach. It is only 20 minutes from Lombok International Airport.

Explore the delights of Kuta above and below the surface. A surfy-town filled with an array of healthy-foodie restaurants and shops. There are all kind of activities to enjoy: watersports, paragliding, biking, trips to waterfalls, pink beach and most importantly diving the amazing coral reefs!

Blue Marlin will take you for a journey through the scenic coast road from Kuta to Telong Elong to reach our boat and dive the South-East Coast of the island. We offer an unforgettable experience that will take you off the beaten track. From water buffalos greeting you at the side of the road to the unexplored dive sites full of pelagic fish and untouched corals.

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. 

In the first few months of diving South- East Lombok we have seen reef sharks, turtles, sea snakes, manta rays, dolphins and oceanic sun fish. We were also astonished to see a blue whale and a whale shark! As we have only just started our adventure in South-east Lombok we don’t know what might be around the corner!

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.

LEARN TO DIVE OR IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS WITH BLUE MARLIN

accomodation

BEACH VIEWS, JUNGLE VILLAS, GETAWAY RETREAT


We currently do not have our own accommodation at our dive centre but we are happy to recommend and to put you in touch with one of the nearby resorts.

about

blue marlin Lombok Kuta

Blue Marlin Dive Kuta is located in the vibrant town of Kuta Lombok on the South coast of the island. Only 20 minutes from Lombok International airport you are a quick hop to a newly discovered diving adventure at our latest addition to the Blue Marlin group.

You might have heard about Kuta Bali? Well, pack up all your « false ideas » and discover the healthy-foodie-surfy town of Kuta Lombok! Incredible diving, long white sandy beaches, perfect surf from beginners to professionals and incredible topography await you. The town offers all kind of activities: water sports, paragliding, biking, trips to waterfalls, pink beach and diving the amazing coral reefs.

If you are a foodie, don’t worry Kuta has everything for you. The numerous restaurants in town cater for every palate. We have also partnered with hotels in the area to provide you with the best standard of accommodation for your budget. Please contact us for further information and recommendations.

Lombok offers adventure for all ages, above and below the ocean’s surface. Come and explore Lombok and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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. Kuta Lombok is the latest in our growing network of resorts.

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 our modest beginnings.

Frequently Asked Questions

YOU'VE GOT QUESTIONS? WE'VE GOT ANSWERS.

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.

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.

Unfortunately, we do not offer Nitrox at this time.

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.

Lombok has 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. We are fully operational and the rainy season never stops us diving! Kuta Lombok can be visited all year round. 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.

There are numerous pharmacies and small clinics within the resort town of Kuta Lombok. For serious injuries or health care issues we recommend visiting a hospital in Mataram . There are two recompression chambers, one at the International ‘Rumah Sakit Harapan Keluarga’ and a recently opened recompression chamber at ‘Rumah Sakit Umum’.

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.

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.

If you arrive at Praya International Airport, we can arrange to have you picked up in our air-conditioned car. The trip takes approximately 15 minutes. Please contact us for pricing.

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.

Yes, the price of your dive trip includes pickup from hotels or villas in the Kuta Lombok area. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide pickups from hotels not within this area.

Unfortunately, because of our early starts in combination with notorious delays of the airports, it is not possible to dive on the day that you arrive. However, we can always begin the theory of a course on day one.

ATM’s and money changers are numerous and easy to find around the town of Kuta.


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meet the team

Marie and Shannon
Marie and Shannon Managers
Fai
Fai Instructor
Dedi
Dedi Captain
Dan
Dan Boat Crew
Nan
Nan Boat Crew
Barri
Barri Compressor Tender
Anti
Anti Accountant
Adnan
Adnan Compressor Tender
Audrey & Nickey
Audrey & Nickey Instructors


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