Tropical island dive resorts
Bali, Manado & Lombok – Staying and diving in Indonesia
We now operate from 7 beautiful locations in Indonesia – Amed on Mainland Bali, the island of Nusa Lembongan (near Bali); Bunaken Island, Lembeh Straits near Manado, North Sulawesi; South Gili’s and Belongas Bay in South Lombok; and Gili Air, part of the fabled Gili’s Island’s in North Lombok.
The tropical paradises that we call home all have something unique to offer. Our resorts are ideally situated for a range of Indonesia diving activities and most dive sites are only a ten to twenty minutes away from the resort meaning no long boat rides and back to the resort for lunch!
At each location we offer fun diving and the full range of PADI dive courses. All of our resorts are run by European managers and instructors. Our dive guides are all from the surrounding area and know the dive sites inside out. They are all certified to at least PADI Rescue Diver status, speak great English, and are excellent at looking after our guests above and below the sea. We have a policy of small groups of less than four guests per dive guide, meaning they are more like dive buddies rather than a typical guide!
Staying & Diving in Bali
We have 2 operations in the Bali area: a PADI 5 Star IDC dive center in Amed on Mainland Bali and a PADI 5 Star IDC dive center/resort on the island of Nusa Lembongan.
Amed, Mainland Bali
The diving around Bali is incredibly diverse: beautiful coral and walls in Menjangan Marine Park in the North; fascinating muck dive and reefs in Amed; challenging dives in Padang Bai and Candidasa; exhilarating drifts and big fish encounters in Nusa Pendia & Nusa Lembongan; fantastic muck diving in the North and East of Bali; and the famous USS Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben which is not to be missed by anyone visiting Bali!
Our dive center is based in Amed, a relaxed fishing village on Bali’s East coast, where we are based at our partner resort Surya Rainbow Villas. This direct beachside dive resort with 8 guest rooms, excellent dining and a 17m swimming pool is an ideal place to stay, dive and relax. From this base we dive the reefs around Amed, and run day-trips to Padang Bai, Candidasa and the USS Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben.
Read More About Diving in Amed, Mainland Bali.
Nusa Lembongan, Bali
Our dive resort is based on the island paradise of Nusa Lembongan, one of a group of three beautiful islands that are a 30mins fast-boat ride off the south east coast of Bali. The other two islands are Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, all three islands make for a fantastic diving base – home of the manta and mola-mola that made diving in Bali famous.
The coral reefs around Nusa Lembongan and the other islands are very healthy, with an incredibly diverse variety of creatures offering a mixture of fantastic hard corals, colourful soft corals and a range of critters from macro to pelagics, as well as huge schools of fish with visibility nearly always 20-25m.
Check out more about diving in Bali and Nusa Lembongan.
Staying & Diving in Lombok
We have 2 operations in the Lombok area: a PADI 5 Star IDC dive center in Gili Air, and a PADI 5 Star dive center in South Lombok from which we arrange diving to both the South Gili’s and Belongas Bay.
Gili Air, North Lombok
Gili Air is part of the fabled Gili’s Island’s in North Lombok that comprise of 3 islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Our dive center on Gili Air is a tropical-island dive resort right on the beach, away from the crowds of Gili Trawangan but close to its dive sites. We are the resident dive center at the Villa Karang Resort & Spa, right on the best beach front, and there are many other accommodation options nearby.
When you dive the Gili’s you will discover the gorgeous underwater world which makes diving Gili islands a favourite among holiday seekers. The crystal clear, warm water offer a huge variety of sea life with something for everybody from plenty of macro life to the big schools and pelagics. It has a reputation for being the turtle capital of the world giving you 95% chance of turtles on most dive sites – we can all but guarantee them!
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South Gili’s, South Lombok
Our dive center in South Lombok is based in Sekotong, a tropical little place with a only a few resorts and not much topside goings-on apart from snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving. The island dive resorts are quite perfect for couples and families who just want to relax and enjoy the South Gilis.
The South Gili’s dive sites reflect a good cross-section of what Indonesia has to offer, and offer even the widely traveled and experienced diver a surprising and breathtaking experience. Diving the South Gili islands offers colorful, relaxed reef diving for all levels of training, and fun diving for families and beginners.
Check out more about diving in South Gilli’s.
Belongas Bay, South Lombok
Scuba diving Belongas Bay offers exciting, challenging “adrenalin dives” at the dive sites “The Magnet” and “The Cathedral”. Its an hour drive from our based in Sekotong, but the seasonal sighting of schooling barracudas, tunas, and other pelagic life is fairly regular and make it worth-while. The mobula- and eagle ray season s during August and September, whilst the hammerheads have the tendency to school around the Magnet end June until early November.
“The Magnet” is famous for its hammerhead shark sightings, which features both Scalloped Hammerhead sharks and the Great Hammerhead sharks. According to experts, “The Magnet” is the one of the only three places in the world where you can see both kinds of hammerhead sharks (the other being the Philippines and Costa Rica). In Belongas Bay (Blongas) you’ll find an unspoiled underwater paradise with pristine reefs, an intact environment, and impressive diving with huge marine diversity!
Check out more about diving in Belongas Bay.
Staying & Diving in Manado, North Sulawesi
We have two resorts in North Sulawesi – Lembeh Straits and Bunaken – both offer some of the best scuba diving in Indonesia, and some great Local Tours for non-divers.
In Lembeh Straits our resort is situated on Lembeh Island, a tropical island in the middle of Lembeh Straits, and 1-2hrs drive and 15mins boat-ride from Manado. Our tropical-island resort has lovely spacious wooden cottages, and its situated on a private beach with its own bay offering great sea views. Most of the dive sites are only ten minutes away making it a relaxing dive holdiday.
Lembeh is famous for being the muck diving capital of the world. Muck diving sites are sandy slopes, often with black sand, and with visibility of 10-15m it’s one of the few places you will see critters such as the elusive hairy frog fish, pygmy sea horses and flamboyant cuttlefish. Lembeh is also blessed with beautiful walls, amazing corals and some fantastic ship wrecks. We can also offer great day-trips to nearby Bangka Island or Gangga Island, about an hour away, where there are some stunning soft-coral dives. Lembeh therefore has something for everyone!
Check out more about diving in Lembeh.
Our tropical-island resort is located on Bunaken island right by the beach, about 30-40mins boat-ride from Manado. It has wooden cottages and rooms that sit in beautiful gardens right next to the beach and surround a fantastic swimming pool. It makes a relaxing dive holiday as most of the dive sites are only 10 minutes away.
Bunaken is situated in Bunaken Marine Park. The dramatic volcanic landscape in this area of North Sulawesi has created some of the most amazing walls for diving on the planet. It offers the best diving in Indonesia with beautiful corals, lots of fish, amazing small critters, and some larger fish such as reef shark, turtles and barracuda. Nearby there is also the mainland sand slopes of Manado, these offer the great alternative of muck diving. It’s a little like Lembeh but closer!
Read More About Diving in Bunaken / Manado.