Over the last few years I have been looking for locations in Asia normally at first, looking for the ideal location to open a dive school of my own up. Slowly my search led me to Indonesia, and eventually I found it in Lombok‘s as yet mainly untouched developing south coast.
Lombok is an island in Indonesia merely a quick ferry or speedboat ride from Bali (or it has a new international airport that’s sparking tourism).
Investigating the Diving
I had heard the diving here was exceptional, with hammerhead sharks in season, large marine life, but also untouched (i.e. not dynamite fished) coral reefs.
As soon as I attempted it I understood it was the place for me. The shade under the water is amazing here. The size and scale and assortment of coral blew me away..
.. But then when you look closer it’s teaming with miniature, pigmy marine life – even miniture pigmy seahorses (so adorable!)
At the time there was just one dive school on the whole of the south shore, I was amazed that such an energetic dive place was not tapped and even unchartered!
South Lombok is not common amongst the other dive places around Lombok. Here one still discovers diving with the opportunity to investigate undiscovered waters as a different encounter as well as exclusive dive sites. These brand new dive sites offer even the well-traveled and seasoned diver a breathless and astonishing encounter, and because of the large number of dive sites, there’s exciting diving for all degrees of training.
It rises from a depth of about 80m and may be reached from the mainland in approximately 25 minutes. Diving there, education hammerhead sharks, barracudas, tunas, and other pelagic life’s seasonable sighting is, pretty routine, as well as mola mola have sometimes been sighted.
A little further south toward Bangko Bangko, additionally the chances of seeing white tip reef sharks and turtles are pretty high.
What to Expect
Well, firstly, from the island – you can surely expect friendly locals who will teach you a few words of Indonesian, fresh ingredient straight from straightforward, and local markets, but modern lodging.
From the diving, I know you’ll have an amazing experience that is memorable.
It isn’t false that Lombok is only for advanced divers (we educate introductory dives and PADI open water). There are a number of challenging dives with powerful swells that are submerged
Yet there are a lot of secluded bays which are perfect places for novices and offer protection from the ocean swell and currents which are teaming with marine life and beautiful coral.
The south shore has so much variety, from marine life large and little, from reef dives, to cave / canyon dives, deep or shallow. There’s something for everyone here!
Regarding places to stay, the finest Lombok resort must be the Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa Lombok. With room costs to match every pocket, from really quite cosy budget rooms for those travelling affordable, right up to high-end flats for people who would like to live it up in fashion.
The resort was made to look like an average Indonesian village out of the pages of the history in Lombok. But using a high-end resort, fine dining as well as a tranquil pub, the emphasis is quite on 21st century relaxation for guests. A ballroom as well as a yoga garden ensure this resort gets the mix of nightlife and easiness just right.