Destination Info Lombok and Gili Islands
Our PADI 5 Star IDC Center DSM Dive is with two dive shops located on Lombok and with one dive center located on Gili Trawangan. Each island has its own and unique charm and beauty. From both islands you can join us for diving around the three famous Gili islands and on Lombok's stunning reefs in Sekotong and Secret bay.
Lombok or Gili Trawangan? What’s the better choice?
Whether you do holiday on Lombok or Gili Trawangan, you can join us easily for diving on all dive sites. That gives you the free choice of staying on Lombok and getting picked up by us for the diving or staying directly on Gili Trawangan and just walk in a few minutes to the dive shop.
Lombok is the island just East of Bali but has a different Flora and Fauna. The Gili islands are three tiny islands located on the Northwest coast of Lombok. We have dive centers on Lombok and Gili Trawangan.
Why you should stay on Lombok
Stay on Lombok and take advantage of exploring the island per scooter or tour guide: stunning waterfalls, endless beaches, cultural attractions and marvellous sunsets are awaiting you. The volcano Rinjani is the heart of the island with breath taking views on the top and several hiking paths on his foothills.
The Lombok International Airport and the harbour on Senggigi Beach, accessible for speed boats directly from Bali, make it easy to reach Lombok.
On Lombok’s west coast you can find the most beautiful beaches of Indonesia, together with some lovely boutique hotels and holiday resorts. Our partner hotels can be found amongst them with special diving packages, designed for the needs of recreational divers who want to combine relaxing holiday time with diving on the best dive spots of Indonesia.
Why Gili Trawangan is a good choice
Stay on Gili Trawangan and enjoy the laid-back tropical island and backpacker feeling. Gili T. is a small island with splendid white sand beaches and turquoise-blue water, drinks of young coconuts in a hammock and fresh fish grilled on the night market.
Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the Gili islands, so you can fully unwind in the calmness. The Gili islands are surrounded by marvellous reefs and crystal clear waters.
A turtle sanctuary on Gili T. is helping baby turtles to grow up and release them into the water. You can easily observe those gracious animals while diving around Gili Trawangan.
What you should know about Lombok and Gili Trawangan
Laying just eight degrees south of the equator, Lombok’s climate is hot and tropical with around 12 hours of sunlight every day. The temperatures range between 25°C (77F) to 34°C (93F) with an average temperature of 28°C. Lombok is generally drier than Bali with warm temperatures during the days and fresh ocean breezes in the afternoon
Lombok lies in the “Central Indonesian Time “ zone which is 8 hours ahead of GMT. Indonesia does not apply daylight saving times.
Best time to visit Lombok and Gili Trawangan
The dry season is from May to October with only little rain during these months. The wet season lasts from November to April, although rain does not fall every day and does not usually last all day when it does rain.
High seasons are mainly during the European summer holidays (July to mid-September and Christmas holidays) and major holidays such as Easter, Nyepi Bali, Idul Fitri and school holidays. During the peak seasons many hotels have high occupancy and you should expect to pay peak rates for accommodation, tours, etc. We advise to book your hotel and diving longer time in advance to do not experience disappointment.
How to get to Lombok and Gili Trawangan
There are direct international flights from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Johor Bahru. Domestic direct flights operate from Bali, Jakarta, Bima, Makassar, Sumbawa, Surabaya and Yogyakarta.
Lombok Bandara International Airport (BIL) is a drive of around 75-90 minutes from Senggigi where you can find most of the holiday resorts. From the airport you can take a taxi or we can organize a pick up for you with a private driver in a car with an aircon.
You can get a Visa on Arrival (VOA) issued at Lombok’s Airport (BIL). For several European countries the Tourist Visa is free and is valid for 30 days. For other countries: The cost US 35 and has to be paid in cash. The paid tourist visa can be extended for further 30 days, giving it a total of 60 days.
Domestic departure tax is Rp 45 000 (from Lombok to Bali) or Rp 75 000 (from Bali to Lombok). International departure tax from Lombok is Rp 150 000 per person, from Bali Rp 200 000.
Several speedboats operate from Bali to Lombok (Senggigi and Bangsal) and Gili Trawangan. The ride takes around 2-3 hours. From the harbour in Senggigi you can easily reach your hotel by pick up or taxi on call.