Date: Aptil 12, 2018
Source: DIVE Magazine
Gili Trawangan and its two nearby sister islands in the north of Lombok – Gili Air and Gili Meno, are all popular live aboard dive boat destinations, thanks to the unspoiled nature of the area and abundant marine life.
Gili Trawangan, and its two nearby sister islands in the north of Lombok – Gili Air and Gili Meno, all are a popular live aboard dive boating destinations thanks to the unspoiled nature of the area and abundant marine life.
Gili Trawangan, or Gili T, is the largest of the islands and is well known for technical diving.
The islands are home to mangrove forests and motorised transport is not allowed on the islands. Divers can learn about technical diving at Gili T, explore the reefs surrounding the island and then venture into the waters further out, where the island slopes off. Reef sharks patrol the reefs and mantas are also sometimes seen. It is possible to see mola mola when the current is running.
Gili Trawangan is one of DIVE Magazines top 4 dive destinations. Shark Point is one of the deeper dive sites in the Gilis and is very popular for its shallow reef and turtles, plus the chance to see reef sharks and stingrays while exploring the deep canyons that typify this site. The maximum dive depth is around 50m (164ft). Deep Turbo is a seamount a coral garden on top and a variety of canyons, overhangs and outcrops. The currents can be very challenging at Deep Turbo and the maximum dive depth is 32m (104 ft).
Another dive highlight worth visiting in the area is Takat Tunang. This site is located to the northwest of Lombok and is a deep reef dive to a maximum depth of 45m(147ft). The dive site consists of a 150m (492ft) long wall with a drop-off and a coral plateau at 20m (65ft) depth. There are pristine corals at this site, sharks are commonly seen, and there are large schools of pelagic fish.
The best time to dive in Indonesia is between May and September. Lombok and Bali are the main departure points close to the Gili islands and there are a variety of liveaboard options to suit all budgets. The Calico Jack liveaboard is an Indonesian sailing boat and offers safaris to the Gili islands and Komodo.