Location - Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sengiggi, Lombok
The most convenient and popular dive sites for guests of Sudamala at Senggigi are near the northern Gili islands. The famous ‘Gilis’ are three idyllic coral atolls situated just off the north west coast of Lombok. From Sudamala Senggigi it takes around an hour to get to the islands by car and boat, and when you do you’ll see why they are so popular with travellers from around the world. The islands, which have prohibited all motorised transport, are laid-back with horse-carts and bicycles providing the only means of getting around. There are white sandy beaches, coral reefs and clear tropical waters teeming with colourful fish species – so get your gear on and prepare for an unforgettable experience.
Close to the ‘party island’ of Gili Trawangan there are some excellent sites such as Manta Point, Shark Point and Halik Reef. In the rocky parts of the reef you’ll also see lobsters, moray eels and cuttlefish. Despite its fearsome name, Shark Point is one of the island’s most popular sites and offers a good chance to see the harmless white-tip reef sharks as well as other amazing species, like turtles, cuttlefish, trevally, bannerfish, and many different species of reef fish. Halik Reef got its name from the magnificent Gorgonian fan-corals which grow this site’s shallow reef. You’ll find other types of hard corals spread along the bottom at an easy depth of 5 to 7 meters, with a rainbow of tropical fish species on the reef too. The shallow corals and colourful fish life makes this place a perfect choice for snorkelling in the Gilis.
At nearby Gili Meno, the middle island of the three, there are more diving options including the Secret Garden, famous of green turtles, the Meno Wall, a sheer drop-off covered in corals and tropical fish, and the Bounty Wreck, a submerged structure covered with soft and hard corals in around 13 to 17 meters with good year-round visibility. Take your pick of these dive sites, or talk to the staff at the dive shop for more ideas.