Blue Marlin’s Dive Site Descriptions

Dive Sites around the Gili Islands

Here you will find a description of the dive sites around the beautiful Gili Islands, off of the coast of North Lombok. Every dive site has its own characteristics, specific topography and wildlife. All levels of divers can have an amazing experience on our dive sites.

Many dive sites are perfect for first timers. The advanced divers can have a bit more of a challenging experience where technical divers can dive the deeper walls a little further off of the islands. Dive conditions vary throughout the year depending on the season. Mostly the visibility is about 20m or more, however in rainy season this might drop to about 10m for some days. The water temperatures vary between 27 to 30 degrees, only when you dive deeper than 50m this might go down to about 24 degrees.

Gili Meno Wall:

This is a steeply sloping reef with a near vertical top section. The reef starts at around 5 meters depth and drops to a sandy bottom at around 22m. Soft corals grow all along the reef. Before and after the wall there are a lot of smaller heads of stony coral, including cabbage, brain, star and lots of anemones. Groupers and Sweet lips hang out at the bottom of the wall together with snappers, angelfish, all types of butterfly-, clown- and parrotfish. In the section between the two parts of the wall there is a good chance of seeing turtles, mostly hawksbill. The wall itself is a good place to spot moray eels and lionfish that seek shelter in the crevices. The dive site is also perfect for night diving when you can find all sorts of crustaceans, crabs, lobster and a variety of reef shrimps. If you are very lucky you might come across a beautiful Spanish dancer showing of its colours.

Location West Gili Meno
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (5 min.)
Average depth 14m
Maximum depth 22m

 

Bounty Wreck:

The wreck is not a true shipwreck but a collapsed pier structure and has become a favourite among divers. The pier has been sunken sometime around 2003 and is overtaken by hard and soft corals. All sorts of fish find shelter around the structure including stone- and scorpion fish, a resident school of drummers, damselfish and sometimes you might spot a frogfish.

Your entry point will be north of the dive site on the slope of Gili Meno where it is likely to find the turtles that make these islands famous.  A little to the west of the wreck is a large coral head which is surrounded by swarming glassfish.

It is an ideal site to take your camera and check out every corner and crevice. You will be surprised at what you might find.

Location West Gili Meno
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (3 min.)
Average depth 12m
Maximum depth 18m

Shark Point:

This is one of our most popular dive sites because of its variety of wildlife. Shark Point is suitable for all levels of divers who can have all their own diving experience without interfering with each other.  Because of this the site can be split up into a few different areas that over time have been given different names. From the island it starts with a gently sloping down reef known as Andy’s reef. Up to about 10 metres depth this is the best place to spot our famous green turtles. These magnificent an peaceful creatures can grow up to about 1 metre  in size.  Sloping down to about 20 meters there are all kinds of coral rocks where all sorts of angelfish, puffer fish, butterfly and trumpetfish, parrotfish in all colour variations and triggerfish can be found. A few days before and after full moon it is also likely to come across a school of bumphead parrotfish which are feeding on the hard corals.

In the deep section the dive site lives up to its name. Here you are most likely to find whitetip and blacktip reef sharks. Between the ridges and valleys you will see them resting on the bottom but as soon as you come to close they will swim away.  In this area there is an impressive variety of other marine life such as Trevally, barracuda, snapper and blue spotted stingrays. Especially when the currents are strong it is teeming with life and the dive then can be an adrenaline rush.

Location West Gili Trawangan
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (10 min.)
Average depth Shallow: 15mDeep: 22 m
Maximum depth 50m

 

Simon’s reef:

A little off of the north coast of Gili Meno you will find this amazing reef.  As on Deep Turbo and Takat Malang this site consists of a series of seamounts rising up from about 35m. There are 8 major “takats” arranged roughly in a figure of eight and abundant with all sorts of coral variations. The average depth on this dive is around 25m which makes it perfect for nitrox divers. The coral variety is superb, with most types of stony coral well represented plus a good deal of soft corals. You have a good chance of finding the well camouflaged pygmy seahorse in some of the gorgonian fans. There are numerous schools of fish around especially when the currents are strong.

Location North Gili Meno
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (8 min.)
Average depth 25m
Maximum depth 40m

Takat Malang:

Being close to Simon’s reef this dive site is quite similar in many respects. Again this site consists of big coral heads (takats) where the shallowest has a depth of about 15m. There are about 10 of these takats, each sculpted with overhangs, outcrops and swim throughs – as if someone has been at work on the reef with a giant carving chisel. There is a great variety of hard and soft corals all over the major takats.  Massive gorgonian fans are coming off of the walls  to catch the nutrients passing by. The channels between the takats are great to cruise around and take in the beautiful topography. The dive site is excellent for multilevel dives where at the end of the dive it is possible to see some resident Cuttlefish.

Location North Gili Air
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (10 min.)
Average depth 20m
Maximum depth 40m

Gili Air Wall:

This is one of the few coral walls around the Gilis. The entry point is usually at the north end of the wall and the prevailing current is usually heading south.  Coral growth starts in the shallows, sloping down to about 8m with heads of brain and star corals and some acropora formations. During the second part of the dive you will find the wall which drops steeply down to about 28m. There are overhangs and arches along the wall filled with glassfish, moray eels, anemones with clownfish and sometimes octopus.  It’s great to cruise around at about 15m, looking down and experiencing the feeling of flying like a bird. Several species of reef fish can be found including six-banded angelfish, lionfish, a variety of triggerfish, sweetlips and damselfish. Towards the end in the shallows it is likely to bump into a feeding hawksbill turtle.

Location North-West Gili Air
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (15 min.)
Average depth 18m
Maximum depth 28m

Sunset Reef:

Located on the southern end of Gili Trawangan this is a gently sloping down reef. In the shallows it is quite rocky where giant table corals (Acropora) give shelter to the marine life. The midsection is covered in healthy staghorn corals with isolated hard coral outcrops. This is where you find schools of two-dot snapper, sweetlips, damselfish and different variations of anthias. At around 18m the corals end and the sandy area starts. This is where you are most likely to find whitetip reef sharks that are resting on the sand.  When rainy season kicks in (December to March) and you have a little bit of luck manta ray encounters are most likely to happen on this dive site because of an abundance of nutrients.

Location South-East Gili Trawangan
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (5 min.)
Average depth 15m
Maximum depth 22m

Halik/Deep Halik:

Halik reef caters to all levels of divers.  Beautiful coral formations are found in the shallows and along the reef, coral bommies and gorgonian fans.  This is a perfect drift dive with an amazing variety of fish life.  You will find lionfish, moray eels, big groupers and clownfish. Around fullmoon massive bumphead parrotfish feed in schools on the hard corals, leaving a cloud of dust behind them. Green and hawksbill turtles are commonly found feeding on the reef.

The more experienced divers will be dropped on deep Halik, a series of coral ridges and canyons all the way down to almost 40m. The corals here are pristine and reef sharks, eagle rays and giant trevelly are commonly seen.

Location North-West Gili Trawangan
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (8 min.)
Average depth 15m / Deep Halik 30m
Maximum depth 22m / Deep Halik 40m

 

Turbo/Deep Turbo:

This is a huge dive site and one of the pearls of the Gilis. The shallow area is of the north east coast of Gili Trawangan where water is being pushed up from the deep.  Massive schools of redtooth triggerfish and fuseliers swim into the current to feed. In this area you can find scorpionfish waiting for an opportunity to feed, moray eels and lion fish hiding between the rocks.

The more experienced diver will dive the deeper section which is situated a little off of the coast of Gili Trawangan. Here there are a series of hills and valleys where the shallowest part is about 16m dropping down to about 32m. Huge sea fans and other interesting coral formations will fascinate you from start to finish. Sometimes you can spot a Leopard shark along with white tip and black tip reef sharks. The majority of the dive is around 20-30m which makes it excellent for nitrox certified divers. Deep Turbo has always been a favourite where exploring the reef and its marine life gives you a truly fascinating dive.

Location North-East Gili Trawangan
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (10 min.)
Average depth 22m
Maximum depth 32m

 

Han’s Reef:

Han’s reef is situated on the north tip of Gili Air and consists of various sized coral bommies and rocky outcrops scattered over a sandy bottom. The dives site is suitable for all diver levels. Especially when you’re interested in the macro marine life you will have a fascinating experience. Cruising around the rocks you are likely to find Scorpion fish, lionfish, different nudibranchs, pipefish, moray eels and maybe the odd frogfish. In the sandy area’s there are loads of garden eels, stingrays, flying gurnars and flounders.

Location North Gili Air
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (20 min.)
Average depth 12m
Maximum depth 22m

Japanese WW-II Wreck:

This dive is for the little bit more experienced diver as it is a decompression dive. Blue Marlin Dive dives it as an introduction to technical diving and for fully certified technical divers. Because of the depth we recommend to dive it on Enriched Air Nitrox to take full advantage of the experience. Talk to us and we will discuss if we are happy to take you there.
The Wreck is a Japanese WW-II patrol boat in 45m water which is fully intact sitting perfectly upright in the sand, even the original bullets are still there. It is located in a protected bay off of the coast of Lombok and there is no coral reef around the boat. The boat is about 25m long and is covered in corals and surrounded by wildlife. Schools of batfish, trevally, barracuda and snapper are commonly seen. The wreck is the perfect shelter for lionfish, scorpion fish, moray eels and variations of nudibranchs.

Location West coast Lombok
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (25 min.)
Average depth 42m
Maximum depth 45m


Tunang Wall:

Blue Marlin Dive is the only diveshop that is diving this beautiful divesite.  Because of the distance we are taking recreational divers for a two tank divetrip on the slope and our tec-divers can experience the beauty of the deep wall.  The top of the wall starts at a depth of around 35m and drops to about 200m. When you do any tec-diver course with us you will visit this location to do your training. The wall is covered in a large variety of corals and massive gorgonian fans. On the wall we have had encounters with thresher sharks, Molah molah and manta-and devil rays. Usually you will see schools of trevally, fusiliers and snapper. The slope leading to the wall is covered in cabbage and mushroom corals with a diversity of smaller reef fish.

Location North-West Lombok
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (30 min.)
Average depth Depending on diver level but mostly 25m
Maximum depth 200m

Bio Rocks:

This is our house reef and offers a great variety of wildlife. We are proud to have biggest Bio Rock project in the world around the Gilis.  Biorocks are structures made out of the steel bars that have been bent and welded into any kind of shape. The steel structure is attached to a battery which gives it an electrical current. Because of this current limestone will settle on the steel bars and will form a skeleton for coral to grow on. Broken corals are attached to the structure. The electrical current stimulates coral growth and the corals start growing 5 times faster than normal. The biorocks provide shelter for all kinds of reef fish such as lionfish, sweetlips, batfish, trumpetfish and pufferfish. It is superb for divers that are interested in macro diving.

Location East Gili Trawangan
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (1 min.) or as a shore dive
Average depth 15m
Maximum depth 25m

Secret Reef:

Secret Reef is located between Gili Meno and Gili Air. Normally there is a north to south current which makes the site ideal for drift diving. This dive site is suitable for any level of diver, however there is more to be seen between 14 and 30 meters. Between this gap there are an abundance of bright and colourful table corals which forms a stunning slope down to 30. Due to the vast amounts of corals there is plenty of marine life to be seen, including; stingrays, sea snakes, triggerfish, clownfish, parrotfish, moray eels and even some frogfish. This is a spectacular coral dive site.

Location Between Gili Meno and Gili Air
Access By dive boat from Blue marlin (5 mins)
Average depth 15m
Maximum depth 30m
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