If you want to go diving and your around lombok, bali or the gili islands then go to gili trawangan and dive with Blue Marlin dive! they take you to so many different locations you are spoiled for choice. i dived there recently and had some of the best dives of my life. they are really professional and the marine life is so vast. turtles, eels and all types of fish. really great place and would recommend to everyone!
Equipment: they have everything!
There isn't a whole lot to do on Gili Trawangan. Scuba diving here is a great way to meet people and see a little more of the scenery. The water here is really clear (30M visibility) and warm (30C). You only need a 3mm shorty wet suit. The only negative thing about diving the Gili's is that the locals have done a lot of dynamite fishing and have damaged a lot of the reefs. Nevertheless... there are still some great sights (fish, coral, etc.) to see above and under the water. Blue Marlin Dive Center is the center with which to dive! They are so friendly. They have a lot of instructors and are very accommodating. It is entirely likely that you could rock up there and take whatever course you wish.
Equipment: The only thing you need to bring is a swimming suit. One dive with all gear is US$25. They will give you a discount if you buy a package of dives.
The following are prices
were posted at the lobby of Vila Ombak..
They may be a bit more expensive
provided by other dive centers.
But Vila Ombak being a hotel of a higher category,
probably provides better equipment
than some of the shadier dive shacks.
the choice is yours.
Prices are subject to change
Fun Diving Prices
Provided with new equipment, dive computer, & with a dive master.
From 9 am – 2 pm or starting at 11:30 am. $25 USD
Or from 6:30 pm $35 USD
Padi Scuba Review: $60 USD
They also provide Padi Diving Courses.
Please visit Hotel Vila Ombak for further information.
If you want to see turtles,
take a cheap snorkeling boat trip.
You can see turtles there.
The glass bottom boat trip
is available from all 3 islands
and visits about half a dozen of
the best snorkeling spots off all 3 islands.
A good value trip which includes some beach time for lunch.
Okay all, I finally get around to doing the last tip for day 3. A couple of people have actually emailed me about fast tracking their OWD and which dive. Well....let's put it this way: How fast you can complete OWD pretty much depends how much you can pick up. I have met friends who have completed OWD in 2 days.
Day 3- The Gilis!
Woke up in the morning to Great Sunshine and fantastic air, most people who have been to Lombok say that aside from the farm smells that waft over rarely, Lombok has really fresh air and nice sunny weather.
Had breakfast and was soon picked up by a mini bus for a trip to the Gilis! Took a large outrigger for a smooth and sunny ride to the Gilis.
Travel info: The Gilis (Gili Island) are a group of little islands located at the northern part of Lombok. It primarily consists of three islands:
Gili Trawangan Gili Meno Gili Air
You can get a ride there from either Tanyung or Bangsal. (for those who just want to go there for a look see or a day trip. just contact any of the dive centres for a taxi ride over there) They are normally cheaper and don't try to rip you off coz you're a tourist. The best part is that you have the assurance that you will always have a trip back if you decide the Gilis are not for you. ;-)
Okay, back on track.... got to the dive centre and got our gear ready for a shore dive in the morning. They took the equipment and loaded it onto the horse drawn buggy to the spot.
Okay! Okay! It's not your eyes playing tricks on you. The gilis have restricted all forms of motor transportation and have regressed to leg powered or horse powered transport.
While it does give you a pollution index of 0, it's basically quite terrible on the legs and back
as you have to lug your gear all over the place either on your back or in a horsie buggy. I personally think it a small price to pay for the cleanliness of the air.
To be continued..........
Beautiful morning as we made our way back to the Dive Base at Sheraton. It was open water time!
The first dive was done from a outrigger at Nipah Reef at Lombok. Visibility was reasonable at abt 20M but the water had a lot of floating sediment due to the runoff from the previous day’s rain.
Flora and Fauna were in abundance; the beauty and colors of the reef both astonished and awed me.
Popped back to the Sheraton after the 1st dive and proceeded to have lunch. Traveller’s Tip: The are two types of time in Lombok, our time and Lombok time. Lombok is a really laid back kinda town so do not expect your orders to come quickly as you would other places. Nothing is prepared beforehand and food is cooked when you make your order.
Got our second dive in at the Senggigi Home Reef, was not really impressed as the currents here were very strong and the waters were extremely choppy. I was fine (besides swallowing mouthfuls of salt water) but the others were starting to feel a bit nauseous from bobbing in the water.
Visibility this time was abt 10m but the reef was nice. Kept getting pulled out by a current when we were in the water. My cousin Derwin also gave me a spot of training by accidentally knocking off both my goggles and regulator. ;-)
Completed the dive and was back in the Dive Base till about 5.30pm.
Okay.....there's actually more but my PC crashed and I lost the username and password.
finally figured it out after looking thru my old emails. hehehehe
Will be updating this soon!
We were picked up early in the morning by the bus from DD and were sent to our Confined water training in the Sheraton in Senggigi.
Arrived at the Dive Base and were met by Rolf Michels (Dive Instructor). Rolf led the theory and the knowledge quizzes. We were then put to task in the confined water training. Suffered some bruises and cramp but all was fine and fun!
It’s hard to find a Instructor who is patient and fun. But Rolf was all that and more! He had a sense of humor and the training was lively and fun! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to take the OWD course.
Completed all training, was given extra homework and off we went back to the hotel!
Went to Lombok with the intention of getting my PADI Open Water Diver Certification.
Was looking around the net and the recommendations from VT for 5 Star IDCs (International Dive Center) that were nice and cheap.
Ended up choosing 3 prospective dive centers.
Blue Marlin – Sent them a email but didn’t get a peep from them….Argh!!!
Dive Indonesia – Got a reply but had lots of little “extra fees” on top of their professed package. (Hmmmmm…)
Dream Divers – Recommended by some VT’ers, got a reply from Julie the manager from DD. Rates were fair and she was very patient and friendly even though I bombarded her with questions after questions. She also offered an Internet rate that was cheaper than the one posted.
Arrived on the 18th and went to their office in Sengigi and met were met by their staff. The staff were friendly and helpful. Met Julie the manager and she was all smiles and verve. My cousin was raving about how much looked like Jenna Elfman. (Hehehe)
We were issued receipts and were told that we would pay after the course. Open Water, Here we come!!!
Not really a sports tip, I agree....
have a massage on the beach. Those Lombok women have fantastic hands. I loved the smell of the frangipany massage oil, the sound of the waves, the warm breeze..... Relax and after an hour you feel reborn. This is my everyday view after a day of travelling around. A view on Mount Agung on Bali seen from Senggigi beach in Lombok. Isn't it marvelous ? Ahhhh ! I wish I were still there.....
Many companies and hotels will hook you up with dive packages, but most of them will depart for three small islands off the north west of Lombok. The main island of these three is Trawangan.
This is the massage cabin in the hotel garden. Very professional and well equiped. Frangipany flowers, scented candles, nice personal, privacy, etc. I preferred the beach massage though....