25 % of all coral reefs on earth are located in Indonesia. Thus, it’s no wonder you can find some of the largest percentages of biodiversity here, comparative to anywhere else on the planet. The 20 or so different dive sites around the Gili islands are a great sample of that biodiversity. While almost all dive sites are suitable for beginners, the dive sites offer an equally exciting underwater world for the experienced diver. All locations are within a 10-20 minute boat ride ensuring that you can make the most of your diving day.
Underwater conditions change throughout the year and although currents are present on the majority of all dive sites, they often vary in strength. For your added safety and comfort we treat every dive as a drift dive, ensuring our experienced boat crew follow you from the surface throughout the dive, and are there ready to collect you as you return to the surface.
Our dive guides and instructors have a wealth of local diving knowledge and are always excited to be in the water with you.
Visibility usually averages around 20 meters but often varies depending on the time of year. With water temperature ranging between 26-30 degrees, often at the warmer end of that scale, you can enjoy diving without the restraints of a thick wetsuit or dry suit.
At nearly all dive sites you can admire our abundance of giant turtles, octopus, stingrays and everybody's favourite: Nemo and Dory!
Some of our favourite sites:
A great dive site for encounters with the larger marine life around the Gili’s. Starting with a shallow gentle slope, the cascading ridges will take the divers deeper and deeper. Here is where divers are likely to find white tip reef sharks resting on the bottom, black tip reef sharks swimming around and schools of snappers and jackfish. Other regular visitors include huge turtles, lobsters, octopus, stingrays and bumphead parrotfish.
In the south-west of Gili Trawangan, Manta Point has some of the healthiest corals in the area. Large formations surrounded by fields of hard and soft corals provide a backdrop to cuttlefish, white tip and black tip reef sharks, orangutan crabs and turtles. Having fairly gentle currents, divers might experience the relaxing rocking sensation of the surge passing overhead. Manta and mobula encounters are becoming rare, however some lucky divers do encounter them during rainy season.
This is an all-time favourite amongst divers all around the Gili’s. Being very photogenic with a beautiful white sandy bottom, divers swim from one coral block to the next. Interesting at all levels, expect to find interesting macro life such as shrimps, nudibraches, pipefish and electric clams. Of course turtles are there to be found, as well as scorpion fish, stingrays and moray eels.
Located on the north west side of the island, Air Wall is one of the two walls around the Gili’s. Starting off with a slope scattered with coral blocks the second half of the dive site a beautiful wall appears. Dropping to about 28 meters deep, this part can be both challenging and a lot of fun when the current guides the divers along the corals. Leaf fish, nudibranchs, cuttlefish and stingrays are some of the residents in this unique topography.
The clue is in the name for this particular dive site. A shelf of shallow corals lead down to a slope supporting a pinnacle outcropping. The top of the pinnacle stands at 10 metres which is perfect for beginners while the bottom rest at around 20 metres giving experienced divers an insight in to mysterious lives of rare sea snakes, lion fish and stone fish.
A perfect site for divers and snorkelers alike. The drop point for this site starts with a beautiful collection of statues that sit around 6 metres from the surface next to Gili Meno. The slope continues down to around 23 metres and is full of coral formations known as bommies. The slopes twists and turns all the way along to the bounty, which is a part from an old jetty from Gili Meno that collapsed 15 years ago. Resting at a maximum of 18 metres the bottom of the bounty provides life for a variation of fish and corals that dwell in these ideal conditions. The highest part of bounty can be seen at 6 metres and is filled with Lion and scorpion fish that bask in the sunlight.
Coral Fan Garden
An all round fabulous dive site. The marine life found here in the northern part of Gili Trawangan is of such an extensive variety that this paragraph will not do it justice. Top 5 favourites found here are: juvenile white tip reef sharks, bump head parrot fish, octopus, morey eels and leaf scorpion fish. A small coral wall sits at 10m and the colours from the corals provide a comforting glow. Currents here can be some of the strongest, however this creates a very easy going drift dive with a healthy slice of watermelon waiting for you on the boat.
Turbo starts around 23 meters deep making this site specific to experienced divers. There are countless ridges here that are filled with corals with untouched and unparalleled beauty. Large groupers, moray eels and even eagle rays are often spotted here. Turbo gets its name from the vortex of currents that fills in between the ridges surrounded by the vastness of the blue ocean. The currents are usually small but confused, meaning the currents go in all directions which creates an exciting dive! One of the nicest dive sites in the north of Gili Trawangan.
This dives site is on the other side of the channel towards Lombok. Another sandy bottom site provides a perfect macro spotting opportunity. Pipefish, flying scorpion fish, sea horses, frogfish, glass fish and ribbon eels are tricky to spot but create perfect photos on a background of white sand. Kechinan is inside a small bay which provides a perfect dive with no current. Maximum depth at this site is 21 metres with a slope leading up to as shallow as 4 metres. Perfect for finding sea horses hiding in the shallow sea grass.
Many more sites are waiting for you to dive them and create your own memories!