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 Travel Tips
Lombok - Health...
Malaria does exist on Lombok but it is generally not a problem. Additional information on health matters may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Phone the CDC international travellers' hotline at (404) 332-4559 or visit the CDC Malaria info website.
A few other points: Drink plenty of fluid (water and fruit juices) to avoid dehydration. Drink bottled water ONLY. Even in hotels it is best not to drink straight from the tap. Ice in drinks, however, is not a problem. Use common sense when choosing a place to eat. Eat in established restaurants that are clean and well patronized. If you are trying the hawkers in the street stick to those not serving meat unless your system is already well adjusted.
If you are using prescription drugs bring a sufficient supply. Pharmacies (apotiks) often can fulfil a prescription but the dosage may not be quite the same as your doctor has prescribed. Promptly take care of any cuts or burns - do not risk infection in this heat and humidity.
You can exchange most major currencies easily. All hotels offer currency exchange but at less favorable exchange rates. Or - and this our choice - go to a ATM machine or money changer. Credit cards are accepted at better restaurants and retailers (tourist areas). But be aware, most retailers add an extra 3 - 5 % on your bill for the privilege of using plastic.
It's better to change your money in advance, if you plan traveling outside Lombok's main tourist areas, as there are neither money changers nor creditcards payments available!
Getting to Lombok ...
There are hourly flights from Bali's domestic airport as well as a public ferry from Padang Bay available. Also there are speedboats that leave from Benoa Harbour and Padang Bay that will bring you to Lombok within a good 2 hours.