relaxed diving and big macro fun.
The southern Gili islands -
Sekotong, a tropical little place with a only a few dive resorts and not much topside goings-on apart from snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving. Our Lombok island dive resorts are quite perfect for couples and families who just want to relax and enjoy the southern Gilis.
Our South Lombok dive sites reflect a good cross-section of what Indonesia has to offer, and the southern Gilis 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.
If you don't dive South Lombok -
you haven't seen Indonesia!
challenging diving, big rewards.
Scuba diving Belongas Bay, and diving "The Magnet", is where misconceptions about diving South Lombok come from. Diving the "Magnet and "Cathedral" are truly challenging Lombok dive sites and for the more experienced diver. Nevertheless, diving Belongas Bay also holds world-class dive sites for less experienced divers.
Scuba diving Belongas Bay offers exciting, challenging "adrenalin dives" at the dive sites " The Magnet" and "The Cathedral". The seasonable sighting of schooling barracudas, tunas, and other pelagic life is fairly regular, and apart from the mobula- and eagle ray season during August and September, hammerheads have the tendency to school at the Magnet June till November.
Experienced divers only!
Lombok People and History
The majority of Lombok's population is Sasak. No one really seems to know for sure where the Sasak people originate from, however, many believe that there was an influx of immigrants to Lombok from Java sometime in the 14th century. Most Sasak today practice their own local interpretation of Islam that has elements of Hinduism and indigenous Wetu Telu beliefs mixed in.
The Dutch arrived and colonized the eastern part of Lombok in the 17th century, leaving the western part of the island to the Balinese until 1894. While the Balinese ruled they put in a lot of effort into building numberless temples and water palaces, and even today the most interesting tourist sites were built by the Balinese.
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Handshaking is customary for both men and women on introduction
and greeting. Indonesians will frequently touch their chest with
one or both hands after shaking hands as a sign of
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Women should avoid wearing halter tops, revealing clothes outside the tourist areas.