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The Gili islands have become popular for beginners and experienced divers alike. There are about 18 dive sites around the three islands, with a variety of topography (slopes, walls, ridges and canyons) and an enormous amount of diverse marine life. This includes black – and white tip reef sharks, lots of turtles (hawksbill and olive ridley), lionfish, scorpion fish, cuttle fish and octopus, moray eels, sea snakes, different types of rays (blue – spotted, eagle and, from December to March, manta rays)not to mention schools of bump - head parrot fish every full moon and the occasional whale shark…plus countless varieties of hard and soft corals.

Haan’s Reef on Gili Air is fast becoming renowned for excellent “muck diving” where divers can see rare critters like frogfish, pink-leafed scorpion fish, flying gunard, mantis shrimp, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, robust ghost pipefish, blue ringed octopus and ringed pipefish.

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.

Dive Site

Manta Point
Manta Point: Suitable for all level
A gently sloping reef on the south side of Gili Trawangan with a good variety of hard and soft corals, interspersed with bombies and large table corals which shelter the fish. There is rarely any current here, an excellent site to get close up with reef sharks, sting rays, cuttlefish, octopus and in season a passing manta.
Shark Point
Shark Point: Suitable for all levels Wite Tip Reef
An excellent site for viewing larger marine life on the north side of Gili Trawangan. A flat sandy bottom turns into a series of progressively deeper canyons that run parallel to the shore. This is probably the most popular site because of the sheer variety of life seen here on a single dive. Reef sharks are found basking in the canyons, cuttlefish, stingrays, tons of turtles in the shallows, and every full moon it is a favourite hang out for a school of huge bumphead parrot fish. Some large rays sometimes pass by as well as schooling trevelly.
Halik: Suitable for all levels mantis
A steep slope on the north side of Gili Trawangan, from 5m down to 24m with a series of gullies at the bottom. A fine site to multi level dive, the selection of soft coral in the deeper section gives way to hard corals as you ascend and in the shallows there are always several turtles totally unfazed by the presence of divers. This is also a great site for drift dives.
Deep Turbos
Deep Turbos: Suitable for Advanced Divers
A great deep dive just off the east of Gili Trawangan with spectacular topography. At 30m this site has a sandy bottom between large sea mounds. These sea mounds range in size and have an interesting variety of overhangs and outcrops, the largest of which go up to about 20m depth. You'll find a good variety of corals and some huge sea fans. Thousands of garden eels cover the sandy bottom and barracuda, leopard sharks and giant rays can also be seen here.
Hahns reef: Suitable for all levels
Muck diving. This site is just off the east of Gili Air and it provides a great opportunity for macro photographers or those who wish to witness some of the smaller, stranger creatures found here. Frog fish, leaf scorpion fish, sea horses, black spotted morays, spearers, pipe fish and many types of shrimp are frequently spotted here.
Simons Reef: Suitable for Advanced Divers
A great deep dive that offers a variety of corals not seen on the other dive sites. At 30m this site has a sandy bottom between large sea mounds. These sea mounds range in size and have an interesting variety of overhangs and outcrops, there are also some interesting sand bar formations similar to sand dunes in a desert. The dive ends on a pinnacle that's covered in fish life.
Stingray: Suitable for all levels
A gentle slope just off the east of Gili Trawangan that gets its name from the huge rays that can be seen here. A good muck dive, this is our house reef and was the recent location of a Bio Rock project. We have put in a total of 14 artificial reefs that have attracted a variety of marine life.
Wreck: Nitrox Certification required
Experienced divers only. This dive requires Nitrox certification and experience of decompression dives. The wreck is a Japanese Patrol boat from World War II, it's about 20 meters long and is sitting upright on a sandy bottom at 45 meters. The wreck is covered in scorpionfish and lionfish, there's a huge frogfish, nudibranchs and much more.

Meno Wall: Suitable for all levels
Just off the west of Gili Meno and home to a plethora of crustaceans and a great spot for night diving. The wall runs from 5m down to 16m and a second wall runs a little deeper. Spanish dancers, crabs ranging from small coral crabs up to the huge sponge crab, lobsters, shrimps, sleeping turtles, baby cuttlefish and scorpion fish are amongst the many creatures that can be seen.

Gili Islands Biorock Projects
There are currently 14 biorock structure projects on Gili Trawangan at this time, their aim to create a coral reef and generate marine life around it. Two electrodes supplied with low voltage direct current are submerged in sea water. Electrolytic reactions at the cathode cause minerals naturally present in sea water to build up. At the same time a wide range of organisms on or near the growing substrate are affected by electrochemically-changed conditions, shifting their growth rate.
Tunang Slope
Tunang Slope: Suitable for all levels
This deep dive drifts along the top of a wall that starts at 30m. Although a shorter dive the coral formations here are spectacular., and ever so often large pelagic fish will cruise by in the blue. Nitrox Divers will benefit on this dive from an extended bottom time.

Information of Scuba Diving in The Gili Islands:

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

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