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Scuba Diving in the Gili Islands, Indonesia

Water temperature:

This depends on your dive location because there are many cold currents and upwellings. However, expect a temperature range of about 23°C (73°F) to 29°C (84°F)


3mm shortie to 5mm wetsuit, dependent on the region you dive


10 - 40 metres (30 - 120 feet)

Type of diving:

Reef slopes, drop offs, plateaus, caves and wrecks

Marine life:

Sharks, dolphins, manta rays, turtles, morays, cuttlefish, octopus, scorpionfish, pipefish, leaf fish, angelfish etc. Over 3,500 species live in Indonesian waters, compared with 1,500 on the Great Barrier Reef and 600 in the Red Sea

When to go:

Avoid December and January because the heavy rainfall during these months will reduce visibility

How to get there:

From the UK - Flights into Indonesia depend on which region you are visiting. Stopovers are usually required, often in Singapore. Try British Airways or Singapore Airlines for more information

The Gili Islands are located to the northwest of Lombok, heading towards Bali. It takes about an hour to reach them from Senggigi Beach on Lombok itself. From west to east they are named Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. They are tiny islands surrounded by white sandy beaches that are covered with palm trees. There is no motorised transport on any of the islands – only bicycles and horse and carts are used. Resorts take the form of bungalows overlooking the sea. Gili Trawangan is the biggest of the islands and it has more of a nightlife than Gili Air and Gili Meno, which are quieter in general. Gili Meno is home to a bird park and Gili Air is attempting to protect its local turtle population by using pens to help hatchlings develop.

There are more than 15 dive sites around the islands and more reefs are being explored all of the time. Most sites are suitable for beginners, but there are some that are more challenging for advanced divers. Some of the dive sites are shore dives, others have to be reached by boat. Snorkelling is also good around the three islands.

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