Gili Trawangan: Diver’s Best Paradise
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.
The easiest way to get to Gili Islands is by boat from Bali as there is fast boat service operated by Blue Water Express and the service includes fee air-con transfers to and from the Kuta area in Bali, which is just 20 minutes from Benoa Harbour. From here, it takes around two hours to get you direct to the beaches of Trawangan, Meno or Air. The price is USD 75 per person (one way).If you choose to visit Gili island by air, you can go to Mataram first from Surabaya or Jakarta. Then you can continue your trip to Gilis from the awesome Senggigi beach. Now, you can fly directly from Bali, Lombok or even from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. It takes only 25 minutes flight.
Here are some top diving centers in Gili Trawangan you must visit:
Trawangan Dive Center
One of the most recommended diving centers in Gili Trawangan. This center is suitable for divers of all abilities, from total newbies to recreational instructor levels and technical diver training. The instructors here are PADI and TDI certified, supported by highlytrained local staff. You will have a wonderful diving experience learning how to dive here.
This center also provides accommodation varied from luxury to budget rooms for backpackers.
The price for luxury room is Rp. 600.000,- while during high season the price reaches Rp. 800.000,-. Keep in mind that high season starts from June 15 to September 14 and December 15 to January 14. The facilities include a queen sized bed or two single beds, teak furnishings, air conditioning, fresh hot water shower, mini bar, wireless internet, TV, DVD player and a safe for your valuables.
Budget room there is clean, comfortable and located behind the dive center. The bed is a bunk bed despite shared washroom and shower facilities. The price is Rp. 60.000,- (single occupancy) and during high season the price surges to Rp. 80.000,-. For double occupancy, the price is Rp. 120.000,- and high season price is Rp. 160.000,-.
The best thing about this dive center is you can choose several dive and stay packages in Trawangan dive, starting from Rp. 1.740,000,- for 2 nights accommodation and 1 day diving per person, to Rp. 15.870.000,- for 14 weeks accommodation and 13 days diving.
Manta Dive Gili Trawangan
Another wonderful diving center in Gili Trawangan. Located on the beach of Gili Trawangan, this dive center also offers a lot to divers, no matter whether you jump in the water for the first time or you are professional. The instructors are highly qualified so you are on the right hands. There are also restaurants, bars and pubs. The accommodation is also perfect, ranging from luxury villas to traditional bungalows.
You can ask directly by mail about the price and so on. Make sure you complete the date of arrival and departure.
There are still a lot of dive spots in this paradise islands. Explore your passion in diving and discover thereal beauty of Gilis waters.