Gili Islands Divesites
The three small Gili Islands located to the northwest of Lombok can be reached from Bali or Lombok. It is also possible to island hop between the three islands. Marine life around the many dive sites is healthy including reef sharks and turtles but coral bleaching from the 1998 El Nino is very evident. An experienced guide will be able to find all sorts of small critters for their divers. Currents are usually manageable for all levels of diver and visibility ranges from 10-30m.
Gili Trawangan is largest of the three islands and is popular with backpackers who come here to party. There are several dive centres running courses and daytrips.
Manta Point gets regular manta ray visits at certain times of the year.
Halik Reef is a good spot to see turtles.
Deep Turbo has all the usual reef fish as well as moray eels and many crustaceans.
To the east of Gili Trawangan is the smaller island of Gili Meno. It is a slightly more upmarket resort island.
Meno Wall is covered with soft corals down to 24m and is a popular day and night dive. The usual reef fish are here and turtles are often seen. Crustaceans and nudidranchs are numerous. Spanish Dancers can be seen on night dives.
Gili Air is the closest of the Gili's to Lombok and is the most populous. There are plenty of accommodation options and a couple of dive centres. One dive centre runs a turtle hatchery to protect hawksbill and green turtles.
There are several diving spots around the island including Hans Reef and Air Wall. Despite less than perfect coral coverage these are good dive sites to find macro subjects like frogfish, ribbon eels, mantis shrimps, jawfish and ornate ghost pipefish. Of course turtles can be seen as well as the occasional small reef shark.