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Talking about diving, it is impossible not to mention Gili Trawangan. This wonderful island is one of the most famous and developed gilis (island) located off the northwest of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
Its relaxing atmosphere, white sandy beach, stunning coral reefs and crystal clear water, all there really make you want to come back again and again. In addition, most of the dive spots are suitable for all, both newbies and experts. However, some centers are only suitable for advanced divers. There are various kinds of resorts you can choose based on your budget.
Gili Air may not be as popular as Gili Trawangan, the largest island among the Gilis. However, Gili Air actually offers a lot to visitors. This island is the greenest of the three gilis (as you can find more tress there) and its diverse culture among locals make this island more attractive to visitors. Gili Air is also the closest to Lombok and the water there is still the best of all.
Talking about diving in Indonesia, the city of Gorontalo in Indonesia may not be on your list. However, there are some reasons why divers must go to Gorontalo as the city has much to offer, from the world-class dive spots to stunning underwater creatures such as the super coral reefs. No wonder this place is dubbed as the hidden underwater paradise and the new dive destination.
Amed refers to a long strip of fishing village in Eastern Bali. Once a remote area, now Amed is being developed as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in this island. In 2003, telephone lines were installed and it took until four years to build a bridge over a section of the main road regularly washed away during the heavy rain.
To reach this place, you can go by taxi from Ngurah Rai International Airport. It takes two hour and the taxi service cost you Rp. 400.000,- from the airport. Alternatively, you can take the direct shuttle bus from Candidasa and Lovina, thanks to the improved road condition. If you are in the Gili Islands in Lombok, Amed Sea Express offers pick-up service in the three Gilis (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno).
Luwuk is located in eastern part of Sulawesi and nowadays it is acting as the common route tourists’ use to when they want to visit Togian Island. If you wish to visit Luwuk, you can take a flight from Manado or Jakarta. Many travelers who visit Luwuk wish to enjoy diving sites in Banggai Island. This place is like other diving sites in Sulawesi, holds underwater beauty with much to discover. There are hundreds of island in Banggai Island complex and most of them is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. Other than beautiful island there is also an endangered fish species in here which is the Cardinal fish, you can consider yourself lucky if you are able to see them.
Bira (or Tanjung Bira)may not sound as the popular tourist destination in Indonesia. Even not all Indonesians know where this amazing village is located. Bira is a village in South Sulawesi, around 190 km from the province’s capital, Makassar. This village in Bulukumba Regency is well known for its long history of maritime heritage. Besides its boat-building tradition, this place attracts visitors with its fascinating white-sand beach (Bira Beach). However, Bira is completely different as it is quiet, not as crowded as Bali. No wonder Bira is one of the best hideouts for those who prefer tranquility.
Besides Kuta, Sanur is one of Bali’s most desirable tourist spots. Known as a beach town, it never stops appealing visitors, mainly middle-aged and older families from Europe. It is more expensive than Kuta but more affordable than Seminyak. The best thing about Sanur is you can feel relaxed amid the abundance of accommodation and restaurant.
To get to Sanur, there are some alternatives. If you want to go there directly from Ngurah Rai International Airport, you can go by taxi and it takes 20 minutes. Besides that, you can choose shuttle bus or bemo from the north and south as well as from Tegal terminal in Denpasar. Additionally, if you are from Nusa Lembongan, you can go by boat that arrives at the end of Jalan Hang Tuah.
Eastern part of Indonesia is a place you must visit if you want to experience the real beauty of Indonesia.Its unspoilt natural beauty, richness in land and sea biodiversity never stops attracting visitors from all over the world. Bangka Island is an island that poses natural beauty of Indonesia’s Eastern part. Located off the coast of North Sulawesi, Bangka is actually a group of island consisting Bangka Island itself, Gangga and Talise. This area is one of the best dive destinations that attracts divers from all over the globe. Almost all of sea creatures can be found here, from Napoleon fish to white and black tip reef sharks; even you can see whales or dolphins sometimes. On the land, there are various exotic mammals and birds such as the tarsius and the maleo birds.
The popularity of the Gilis Islands in Lombok, Indonesia has been widely known around the world. Those islands are dubbed as one of the world’s best paradise for divers. Gili Trawangan is the largets island and now it is becoming a busy diving destination that never sleeps. However, the two siblings, Gili Air and Gili Meno are equally beautiful dive spots that you cannot simply miss.
Gili Meno is the smallest of all three gilis. This island is also the most quiet and is as not as busy as Gili Trawangan. No wonder Gili Meno is considered the best place for those who want to stay away from the city life. You can get to Gili Trawangan or Gili Air first (by boat) before continuing your trip to Gili Meno by Hopping Boat in the early morning. The boat regularly departs twice a day daily around 9:00 – 10:00 AM and 14:00 – 15:00 PM.
No need to worry about electricity as electricity supply is now available in this tiny paradise. Make sure you prepare your cash as there is no banks on the Gilis (but there is now one ATM machine on Gili Trawangan). It is advisable to bring your important medication kits just in case as no doctors are available on the island. Despite being the least visited, Gili Meno actually has much to offer you. There is a bird sanctuary set up by an Australian businessman living in Bali. Lots of tropical birds are seen here, from the colorful parrots to macaws.
As The Gilis are famous as the world’s top dive spots, diving center is common on the islands. One of the diving center in Gili Meno is Blue Marlin. This center is available on the other two Gilis as well as the neighbouring beautiful Senggigi beach.
This center offers diving courses, handled by their certified instructors. For PADI Discover Scuba Diving, the price is only Rp. 650.000,-. Other courses are PADI Open Water Course (Rp. 3.700.000,-), Scuba Diver Course (Rp. 2.900.000,-) and many more. You will enjoy the diving experience as the instrucstors there are really professional and prioritize divers’ safety and comfort. In addition to a wide variety of diving course, there are also specialized courses you can choose, from deep diver, night diver to peak performance buoyancy course.
Blue Marlin Gili Meno is one of the most recommended diving centers in Gili Meno. The service is friendly, personalized and the center really makes sure that every diver who want to take course gets attention from instructors. The center is also equipped with multilingual guides. Many tourists expressed their satisfaction on the world’s largest traveling site.
For your information, prices for food and accommodation are a bit more expensive on Gili Meno than the rest of the Gilis. However, you still can find cheaper places to sleep and the prices for bungalows are negotibale outside of peak season (July, August and December).
So, are you ready to have the best diving experience there with the best diving center in Gili Meno? Pack your luggage and book your trip right away.
When it comes to talking about dive destinations in Indonesia, most of us will mention Raja Ampat (Papua), Bunaken (North Sulawesi) or the tranquil group of islands known as The Gilis (especially the famous Gili Trawangan) in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. However, have you ever heard the name of Labuan Bajo?
If you have ever heard Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara, so Labuan Bajo, once known as a small fishing town, is actually the most vital points for trips to the famous Komodo Island and Rinca Island, the main home to the giant Komodo dragons. Near Labuan Bajo, you can find Seraya Island, an island that offers a great diving and snorkeling opportunity that cannot be missed.
You can reach this place from Denpasar by plane as there are some national airlines that provide daily flights from Denpasar to Labuan Bajo. Alternatively, you can get there by bus or by boat. If you prefer reaching this diving destination by ferry, there are some operators, from private to government-owned operator PELNI (from Makassar or Lombok) There are two ships that depart for Labuan Bajo every 2 weeks. The best thing is all the tour boats offer the same program of diving, trekking, snorkeling and komodo tour.
For divers, of course you can find some great diving centers in Labuan Bajo. Here are some of them.
- Reesfseekers Dive Center
Dubbed as the most famous diving center in Labuan Bajo. This center offers a lot to divers, from taking you to explore the great dive sites to providing further training to improve your diving skills. There are lots of tempting dive sites that suit your need in Komodo National Park, and of course, they are incredibly wonderful sites. The prices are considered affordable, Rp. 800.000,- for 2 dives. Besides its warm and personalized service, this center also gives lectures on Indonesia’s rich marine life.
- Dive Komodo
Another top diving center in Labuan Bajo that takes you discover the untouched dive sites in Komodo Island. There are various tour packages you can choose, ranging from a single day trip to special packages including 6 to 10 dives as well as a trip to watch the giant Komodo. One or two days is not enough to explore everything!
There is also dive packages that includes accommodation, thanks to the partnership with Puri Sari Resort. The five nights package is the most recommended package as it includes three days of diving, or if you want an extended package, just send them an email. Keep in mind, the more you dive, the cheaper you get. Sounds more than just good, right?
- Bajo Dive Club
This dive center is located in north-west coast of Flores and established in 1991. There are lots of things to do, from taking excursion trips to 50 wonderful dive spots to taking a dive course with their PADI certified instructors. The prices are still affordable, ranging from Rp. 800.000,- for one dive day to Rp. 3.450.000,- for five days package (10 dives).
There are also packages that include ticket for Komodo National Park and safaris for divers and snorkelers (Komodo National Park ticket is excluded).
Keep in mind that most of the dive sites are located within the borders of the Komodo National Park, which are taken care by an environmental organization since 1995. You can participate in preserving this World Heritage by buying ticket for the Komodo National Park.