About Gili Lombok
Lombok has finally settled it place on the list of must visit destination. Thanks to the Gilimatras, three tiny island named Gili Terawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno lie in the northwest of Lombok, that offer an experience staying in an island, crystal clear turquoise water, white sand beach, and exquisite undersea scenery.
Rich underwater life scene in Lombok is the result of the “ Indonesian through flow”, a massive flows of water coming from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean. At certain time of the year, large fish like sharks, eagle rays, manta rays, and turtle can be seen in Lombok water. The biodiversity in this area is amazing, around 3,500 different species living in and around the reefs to compare with Great Barrier Reef that host 1,500 species.
Lombok offers interesting scuba diving fro beginners to experienced divers. Most of the diving takes place around the Gili islands, and a couple of dive sites around Senggigi beach in east Lombok. Dive centers provide professional instructors and well maintained equipment are available in the Gilis and Senggigi.
The Gillis offer shark diving, turtle diving, deep diving, drift diving, wreck diving coral transplantation area, and muck diving. The Gillis’ underwater is rich and the site is diverse due to the variants seabed topography, a combination of slopes, drop-offs, and plateaus, a melting pot for all kind different species.
Meanwhile, near to Senggigi beach, there is an interesting muck dive site called Magic Pier. Small creatures like hermit crab, pipefish, ghost pipefish, flathead, cuttlefish, nudibranch, cockatoo waspfish, and several types of scorpionfish. However, the sedimentation level at Magic Pier is pretty high so it’s suitable only for divers with good buoyancy control because their movement is the key to maintain optimal visibility.