Scuba diving at the  Gili Islands of Lombok was going to be the last of our diving for this trip to Bali. Although it is another island Lombok is only an hour by fast boat from Bali so it is possible to do both.

Turtle at Gili Islands

Turtle at Gili Islands

The Gili Islands are way quieter than Bali and an excellent place to relax and unwind. There is  no motorized transport on the island but all the accommodation is close to the pier where you get off.

We chose to dive with Manta-dive and were glad of our choice. Excellent range of equipment to use and a great bunch of people running the place. One great feature they seem to have is that once you have been given a dive master you tend to get the same person each time you dive.

titan triggerfish

titan triggerfish

This is good for them and you. Once a dive master has dived with you they then can see your level of underwater competency and structure further dives around your abilities. Groups seemed to be no more than 4 per dive master and this was at a busy time of the year being just after the Xmas-new years period.

With most of the dive sites being no more than 20 minutes from the beach where the dive boats leave, it means you are not stuck on the boat all day and you can do 3 dives a day if you are inclined.

I did 5 dives over 3 days and had a great time. Considering January is not a great time for diving, with it being the rainy season in that area I still had some awesome dives.

pacific lionfish

pacific lionfish

Sea Snake

Sea Snake

 We saw Titan and Clown trigger fish, bat fish, Sweetlips, Lionfish, Box fish, Nudibranch, Sea Snakes, Turtles and on my final dive we even saw White tip reef sharks.

I have to say I really enjoyed my scuba diving at the Gili Islands of Lombok and can’t wait to get back there to dive again. I would also like some time to just snorkel there and maybe explore the island a bit as well next time.

White tip Reef shark

White tip Reef shark

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