With more than 54,000km of coastline, Indonesia offers some of the best diving in the world. As a country it is also home to sites with the ‘greatest biodiversity of marine life’ on the planet. Diving heavens are often located on the protected northern sides of the major islands and the Gili Islands on the north western coast of Lombok are no exception. Around the 3 islands there are 16 major divesites with a variey of topographys from walls to dropoffs to pinnacles to sloping reefs.
Gili Trawanagan is also home to a large amount of Biorocks and all divers donate Rp50,000 (USD 5) to the maintenance and protection of the marine park. There are also a number of secret spots and diveshop special sites to access. Good dive guiding requires good local knowledge and qualified divers should look for a shop with excellent local dive guides or western staff that have years of experience. For those still to be initiated into the hobby of diving Gili Trawangan boasts some excellent and professional diveshops and is proudly one of the highest certifying destinations for new divers in Indonesia. Along with the good diving in Gili Trawangan the inevitable and equally as good social life on the island is an important drawcard. Dive shops are a great place to meet new people as well as some of the salty old locals, to swop stories of giant fish and of course to consume that important postdive Bintang to help you relax afer a hard days diving.