This Week in North Lombok, Gili Islands, we discovered a new dive site!!! Yes indeed, it came by chance as we had planned on heading east along frog fish point when a current from nowhere appeared so we decided to go with it. On the dive was myself, Sandy, Surge (USA) and Martin (Austria). All fairly new Open water divers and fighting the current was not an option. As we flew through the water over sand at around 14 meters we came across what looked like a sunken island covered with whip coral, feather stars, anemones, rocks and crevices. A beautiful discovery. As we held onto some rocks to look within for moray eels, pipe fish and so on we found a huge, yes huge Crocodile flathead. Measuring it with my measure tank banger the size was 15 inches. This is the first time I have seen one on the North gili’s.
This was the first reef we came across; as we continued to fly we went over again some sand with Blue spotted stingrays, peacock mantis shrimps, trevally and just looking north we spotted another reef, swimming out a little again another sunken island full of coral and fish. The top of these reefs are 12meters and to the north side it slopes very gently down to 16 meters and continuing as you head out to the sea. In total we found 3 sunken islands. Full of life, colour and variety. We spotted moray eels, lionfish, scorpion fish, nudibranchs, schooling trevally, turtles and an abundance of tropical reef fish. I would like to name this dive site “secret sunken islands”. 🙂