A fairly relaxed Christmas and New Year in south Lombok with a very Indonesian style Christmas lunch and a few drinks and fireworks for the New Year. We also had a visit from an old friend/student divemaster trainee Zoe (although not a trainee anymore) and her friend Maria who came to spend the holidays with…
If you want to explore the dive sites around South Gilis then you have come to the right place.
Highlights of Diving South Gilis & Sekotong
- The mainland based dive center is only 10 min. away from the closest dive sites direction east and 15 min. direction west.
- Our first recommendation as accommodation is the lovely tropical island based Pearl Beach Resort on Gili Asahan which we pass on the way to the dive sites. The divers who stay there don’t have to come over to the dive center in the morning but are picked up by our dive boat.
- The dive sites have a good cross section of what Indonesia has to offer. The topography varies from slope diving, interrupted by short walls, bolders, rocks are plateaus in the shallow parts. Some dive sites have a lot of hang overs, canyons and some are just a sandy bottom. The swarms of thousands of sardines at the jetty are not to be missed.
- The Sekotong area is a tropical place with only a few dive resorts and not so much topside goings-on apart from snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and of course most of all scuba diving.
What can I see?
Most of the dive sites are pristine coral reefs with colorful soft corals and crinoids, vast staghorn coral fields and huge table corals in the shallow parts, giant elephant ears in the deeper parts, giant sponge barrels along the slopes. These reefs harbor bright colorful tropical reef fish such as angel and emperor fish, damsel and butterfly fish and many more. The corals hide a variety of shrimps, crabs and of course nudi branchs. Our guide will help you hunt down also the pigmy seahorse, ghost pipe fish and frogfish. Also the green sea turtle, a variety of moray eels, blue spotted stingray, cuttlefish, squid, octopus, lion and scorpionfish, flathead crocodile fish are part of the scenery. Occasionally you will encounter a white tip shark.
The sea is fairly shallow, visibility never crystal clear but this doesn’t affect the caliber of the dive sites.We offer diving all year around with sea temperatures of 26-30C and visibility 10-20 meters. Only the months January and February might have a low visibility and doesn’t go higher than 10 meter due to the heavy rains.
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What is the dive service like?
Our Two Fish dive service includes:
- Small groups of no more than four guests per dive guide
- Dive groups are organised according to air consumption and dive experience
- Expert dive guides who have done thousands of dives, and are PADI Rescue Diver trained
- Oxygen and first aid on every dive boat
- English speaking friendly crew and dive guides
- Long dives – we just ask you to surface after 75mins or on 40bar
- All our dive guides are trained to assist photographers, spotting amazing critters and helping with carrying accessories
- Wash and store service – all dive gear is loaded onto boats in the morning, and removed and washed after your diving, so all you need to do is DIVE
IF YOU ARE STAYING AT ONE OF THE NEARBY MAINLAND ACCOMMODATIONS OR AT ONE OF THE ISLAND RESORTS IN THE AREA WE’LL BE HAPPY TO ORGANIZE YOUR DAILY TRANSPORT, OR JUST RENT A MOTORBIKE AND COME ON YOUR OWN.
SHOULD YOU BE STAYING AT THE PEARL BEACH RESORT ON GILI ASAHAN OUR DIVE BOAT WILL PICK YOU UP ON THE WAY TO THE DIVE SITE.
What is the accommodation like?
Our dive centre is located at the Villa Pao Pao – a unique luxurious 3-bedroom villa situated on the idyllic island of Lombok and is set just 40 yards from it’s own beach.
We also work with the lovely tropical island resort Pearl Beach on Gili Asahan. It is a beach side resort with 4 brick beach bungalows only 20m walk to the white sandy beach, with a spacious wooden deck terrace with swing bed for the relaxing moments. If you wish you can watch the sunrise from you bed. The Bamboo Cottage are set in the garden with terrace and hammocks and of course ocean views. All the rooms are comfortable and clean. The accommodation is half board with breakfast and dinner included as well is free flow of drinking water. Swimming, snorkeling and of course Scuba diving is popular at their home reef and kayaking to explore the open sea and other islands.
Bola Bola Paradis is another option on the mainland of Sekotong. They offer 11 beach side rooms in total : 4 Standard rooms,3 Superior and 4 De Luxe. The Standard and De Luxe are situated in the tropical garden and the Superior in the main building annex to the reception and the restaurant. The rooms are comfortable and clean and provide fans and cold water showers. The accommodation includes breakfast.
Indonesia Dive Safari
As we have dive resorts in 5 locations around Indonesia, visiting us means that you can book a Dive Safari of more than one dive location with the same operator in one holiday.
You can add a few days to dive Lembeh, another world-class dive-destination that is only 3hours by boat & car from Bunaken
You can start or finish your dive holiday by diving in Bali, its only a 3hour flight from Manado so is easy to add on at the end or beginning of your dive holiday
You can add-on some diving in Lombok, its only a 30-min flight or 3hour ferry ride from Bali.
What else is there to do?
You can take a few days off from diving and explore the local traditional market where you can by tropical fruits and vegetables, fish and meat and house hold articles. From there you drive on and enjoy the stunning white sandy beach at Mekaki Bay. Direction west you can visit the legendary Desert Point at Bangko Bangko which is world wide famous for its excellent surfing.
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Want Affordable Packages?
We offer dive & accommodation packages with two dives and three dives per day at island-based and mainland-based resorts around South Gili’s, in accommodation ranging from budget to superior. This is the best value way to book several days of diving, and we take care of the accommodation booking for you too. We can also arrange the airport pick-ups to ensure a hassle free arrival.
How do I book?
Complete the form with your dates and any other requests, and we will reply back within 24 hours with availability and prices.
When you are happy to book, we will ask for a deposit to hold your booking for South Gili (and any other of our locations).
If you’re already in the area and want to go diving soon, the give us a call on +62(0)819 1730 0295 and we’ll help you arrange your trip!
If you have any other queries you may find the answer on our FAQ page.
We are very pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with DiveZone, a dive operation that has been in South Lombok for more than 10 years, which means that Two Fish guests can also add diving Lombok to their Indonesian dive trips.