Diving in Lombok
Lombok is well-recognized as one of the world’s top dive destinations,
with its coastal waters having a wealth of superb
dive sites hidden within.
Cocotinos Sekotong Resort
Cocotinos Sekotong is a 4-star boutique beach resort and spa with luxurious accommodation set amidst a coconut grove in Sekotong Bay on the Southwest coast of Lombok. The resort provides world class facilities for diving and snorkeling, plush villas and rooms, spa by the beach, and a 17-meter pool adjacent to a restaurant & bar with panoramic views of the sea and the three coconut fringed islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili Tangkong and Gili Sudak. Only a 75-minute drive from the airport at Praya, guests will have an easy and comfortable journey to the resort as the roads are paved and well maintained. The white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters and idyllic islands nearby make the resort an ideal location for romantic getaways and a variety of water sports.
Scuba Froggy Lombok
Awarded No. 1 on Trip Advisor in 2015 under Boat trips and Water Sports in Senggigi, Scuba Froggy is a well experienced and highly focused dive center operating from the North to the South of Lombok. From Gili Trawangan, Senggigi, Kuta and Belongas, the dive center also expand routes to Komodo-Flores, Java Sea and other remote destinations with their own liveaboard EMPRESS. A certified PADI 5-Star Dive center, it offers PADI courses, fun diving, diving for kids, snorkeling trips, tech safari, and combined programs for groups. Divers can be assured that each will be attended to by experienced staff on small dive groups and classes with western standards in customer service. You can find their offices at partner hotels: Novotel in Kuta, Sheraton Senggigi, Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel, and Pool Villa Club in Senggigi, Ombak Sunset Hotel in Gili Trawangan and their independent dive shops in Senggigi, Kuta and Labuan Bajo.
Marine Life Highlights in Lombok
Hammer Head Shark
Dive Sites In Lombok
The Bounty Wreck or Meno Wreck is a 30-meter long pier that was once used by Bounty Resort and was abandoned which eventually sank in 1999 in the southwest coast of Gili Meno. Also known as Jubblies, the wreck is now covered in Sinularia Leather Corals, Black Coral Trees, and colorful sponges that became an artificial reef and haven to several types of species. Average depth is 12 metres and maximum of 20 metres with a visibility of 15 to 20 metres. Bounty Wreck lies between 8 metres to 18 metres making it accessible to all levels of diving proficiency but can also explored beyond the wreck where a coral ridge extends from 20 metres to 12 metres which features large colonies of Sweet Lips, Grouper, Clownfish, and Angelfish. Divers will also have the chance to see Scorpion fish, Lionfish, Batfish, as well as Emperor, Semi-Circle, Blue Girdled, Masked and Lemon Peel varieties and for a treasure hunt, the famous wreck bike which Hadi lost a few years ago.
One of the most famous dive spots in Lombok, Coral Gardens boasts of corals in variety of colors and species. It is a 200-meter underwater garden housing breathtaking reefs with hundreds of yellow, orange, and purple pigments in one place. Situated in the north east coast of Gili Trawangan, currents are gentle to moderate with a visibility of 25 metres and maximum depth of 12 metres which is suitable for all levels of diving proficiency. Divers will be in awe as Whip Corals, Sea Anemones, and Gorgonian Fans prettily and gracefully sprawl in the garden. Coral residents here also come in beautiful colors like Snapper, Angelfish, Parrotfish, Wrasse, Butterfly fish and in the deeper parts, Trumpet fish, Peacock Groupers, Batfish, with occasional sightings of Bearded Scorpionfish and Octopus.
As the name itself suggests, Manta Point is a dive site where Mantas drift around the waters of Lombok. The best season to see Mantas is from March to May but the spot also offers more. Acropora reefs will amaze divers at the gentle slopes by the South side of Gili Trawangan with common sightings of Green and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, Lionfish, Moray Eels, schooling Oriental Sweetlips and Batfish. White Tip Reef Sharks can often be spotted dozing under large coral Bommies around 18 to 24 metres. It is generally an easy dive with light to mild currents and perfect for all levels of divers as average depth is 5 metres and maximum of 24 metres with visibility of 15 to 30 metres.
Boulder City Starting
Boulder City Starting is a vertical wall that descends up to 30 meters which features a lot of huge rocks that manages to form many swim-throughs. Currents are occasional in this area with a visibility of 10 to 30 metres and maximum depth of 50 metres. Still untouched and well-preserved, the dive site features a huge number of an amazing marine multiplicity. Divers will be able to catch a glimpse schooling Sweetlips, Napoleons, Hammerhead Sharks, Manta Rays and Angelfish. Best time to dive Boulder City Starting is from April to October and beginners to pro-divers are welcome to this site.
The Magnet is said to be the highest point of Lombok, with deep-set water down to around 60 metres. One of the famous dive sites in the island, The Magnet’s main attraction is the Hammerhead Shark, which highlights both small Hammerhead Shark and the Great Hammerhead Shark that are only seen at three places in the world (with the other two being Philippines and Costa Rica). Currents are strong in this area with visibility of 7 to 20 metres and depth of up to 80 metres, making it only viable for Advanced to Expert divers. Aside from Hammerhead Sharks, there’s a vast diversity of marine life in the Magnet, from Barracudas to Dog Tooth Tunas, Mackerels to various types of Rays, and also White and Black Tip Reef Sharks. Best time to dive The Magnet is during the months of April to October.
Senggigi Beach features a few white sandy beaches and good waves perfect for surfers. Currents are occasional in Senggigi with visibility of 5 to 30 metres and average depth of 10 metres to a maximum of 50 metres. Between 10 to 25 metres, there is an array of magnificent corals and vivid reefs which shelter a lot of diverse reef fishes and with a bit of luck, you can see Turtles and White tip Reef Sharks. The spectacular Manta and Eagle Rays swim along with you throughout the lavish glowing blue waters and hidden between the corals, different kinds of Shrimp and Crab can be found.
The Cathedral or Gili Anak Elok has a small rock visible on the surface which marks this site. It is one of the most attractive diving sites in Lombok with teeming marine life and underwater caverns. Visibility is usually 10 to 40 metres with a maximum depth of 50 metres therefore making the site only possible for Experienced or Certified divers. At 40 metres, there is an opening, like a huge cathedral door, that passes through a pinnacle with sightings of Tuna, Trevallies, Parrotfish and Snappers, and takes you to the other side. Plenty of pelagic animals like Eagle Rays, Sea Snakes and Sharks are residents of this site along with many Yellow Sea Cucumbers scattered across the diving spot, breathtaking corals, Sponges and Tunicates clinging on a steep wall making it a beautiful underwater sight.
Diving in Lombok
Lombok is a paradise for those who are seeking the untouched splendor of the ancient Bali. Many are drawn to its pristine shores and natural undiscovered beauty with Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia’s second highest volcano, at the center of it all. The West coast at Senggigi, the Northwest coast at the Gili Islands, and the South coast at Kuta, are its main tourist destinations. The Western part of the island is distinctively green with a series of stunning bays covering the entire shoreline and the three exquisite islands of Gili – Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan on the Northwestern side. The Southern part is all the more dazzling with long sweeps of isolated beaches, sea cliffs, and bays fronting a gigantic ocean which provides more or less the best surfing experience in Indonesia.
Weather in Lombok is tropical and is typically hot and humid whole year round. Even on wet season, it rains all throughout but the sky usually gives out only for an hour then the sun shines brightly again afterwards. During the day, temperature ranges from 27 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius and visibility is normally 15 to 20 metres. Dry season is from May to September while the wet season occurs from October to April. Best time to dive the waters of Lombok is during dry season but then again, rains do not last long during wet season making the island of Lombok feasible to visit whole year round.
Diving experience in Lombok is extraordinary as more regions are well shielded from the strong waves of the Indian Ocean. It offers fascinating dives from beginners to professional divers and usual dive spots are around Gili Islands, Senggigi beach, and in the southern region of Lombok where the most currents and waves are. Biodiversity in these waters are phenomenal as it has more than 3,500 diverse aquatic species inhabiting and roaming the reefs. Large extents of fans and wall coral nurture in these parts resulting in lush marine life.
Because of the healthy reefs caused by the surges of water at the Lombok passage, huge pelagic such as Rays, Mackerels and Sharks are typical sightings in the waters of Lombok. There are also schooling Trevallies and Jacks, Cuttlefish, and Octopus especially around the Gili dive sites. Sheltered areas nurture Gorgonians, Table corals and Black corals which are home to some Nudibranchs, Frogfish, and Ribbon Eels
|Best Diving Season:||May to September|
|Weather:||October to April (Rainy Season) & May to September (Dry Season)|
|Marine Animal Highlights:||Eagle rays, Turtles, Manta rays and Sharks|
|Recommended Thermal Protection:||–|
|Water Visibility:|| 15m-20m