Gili Trawangan's versatile dive sites are enjoyed by both beginners and more experienced divers

Gili Trawangan has great conditions for diving and snorkeling with green and hawksbill sea turtles. Gili T is a true “Turtle heaven”. With one dive, you can even see over dosen cute turtles at once! There are several dive sites in Gili T, with destinations for both beginners and for divers who hope for laid-back diving, but also interesting sites for more experienced divers and technical diving. The reefs have a rich macro life and you may find rare sea horses if you look closely enough. While diving in Gili T there is good possibility to see blacktip and whitetip reef sharks. There are also few interesting wrecks in the area where to scuba dive. We really recommend wreck or night diving in Gili T and to try underwater photography! Most dive sites are only a 5-15 minute boat ride away.

Gili’s best dive sites are described in more detail below.

Turtle Heaven

Turtle Heaven is really worthy of its name and perfect dive site for anyone who is hoping to see as many turtles as possible in one dive. This dive site is a pinnacle with really rich marine life. We often encounter e.g. banded sea snakes, nudiebranchs, big schools of anemone fishes, many variations of lion fishes and large schools of damsel fishes swimming around the pinnacle. During this dive, it is possible to spot mantis shrimps and octopuses that are hidden in the rocky outcrops while drifting along the coral slopes after the pinnacle. If you get very lucky there is also possibility to see reef sharks, mantas, eagle rays and even whale sharks in this dive site.

  • experience level: easy, suits for all levels
  • Depth: 8 - 30 meters

Shark Point

Shark Point is one of the most diverse and interesting dive sites around Gili T. The destination is only about ten minutes away by boat and is located on the north side of the island. Shark Point starts from a shallow, much soft coral-growing sloping reef at a depth of around 8 meters. Also in this dive site divers can experience why Gili is known for its turtles. In addition to turtles divers can find octopuses, scorpionfishes and ribbon eels from the shallow part.

The reef continues deeper to a depth of 18 meters, where a divers can encounter e.g. moray eels, lobsters and cuttlefishes. The reef ridge continues to fall lower up to around 30 meters, where the huge resident school of Jacks can be encountered very often. This dive site is therefore also known as “Jack Point”.

At Shark Point, divers have a good chance of seeing black and white-tip reef sharks, blue-spotted stingrays and bumphead parrot fishes. If the dive has current divers may also see large schools of bat and tunafishes. In the deep part of Shark Point there is also a large Glen Nusa wreck that you can dive into when the conditions are good. Shark Point is prone to currents and waves, so it is not always possible to dive at this dive site. Sometimes the diving at shark dive is done as a drift-dive.

  • Experience level: Suits for all levels
  • Depth: 8 to 40 meters

Glen Nusa Wreck

Glenn Nusa Wreck is an old Tugboat that was cleaned and sunk in February 2016 to create a habitat for fish and corals.The wreck is ideally located on a flat sandy bottom at a depth of around 28 meters between the Halik and Shark Point dive sites. The wreck is 22 meters long and 6 meters high. Nusa Glenn Wreck is ideal dive site to complete Padi’s current, wreck and deep dive adventure sections. It is possible to start the drift dive from the Glenn Nusa dive site and end the dive at Shark Point, or vice versa depending on the direction of the current.

  • Experience level: from intermediate to experienced
  • Depth: 22 to 28 meters

Halik

Halik is one of the most well preserved and diverse dive sites in the area and is located on the north side of Gili T. Halik has such a rich marine life that it is possible to encounter most of the Indonesia’s common tropical reef fish species while diving at this dive site. Halik is a reef slope with coral covered ridges and is well suited for both shallow and deeper dives. This dive site is very good spot for various diving courses. Halik is also one of the most popular snorkelling spots in Gili Islands. Halik has usually low or medium current, which also makes it a nice and peaceful drift dive site. It is worth of keeping an eye to the deep blue once in a while as you might also encounter for example napoleon wrasses, tunas, mackerels, Bumphead parrotfishes and even beautiful manta rays and reef sharks.

  • Experience level: Suits for all
  • Depth: 10 to 35 meters

Seahorse Bay

Seahorce Bay is a unique shallow reef with a sand bed on the west side of Lombok where you can find a smaller and more special macro life. Large groups of Anthias and other colorful reef fishes swim above the beautiful corals and all around the diver. There are unique species in this site as well as many juveniles that are not found in other Gili dive sites. the diver may find for example rare seahorses, frogfishes, ribbon eels and various pipefishes if looking carefully. The sandy slope of Seahorse Bay slowly drops over 20 meters, which makes this dive site optimal for Padi AOWD courses. Seahorse Bay usually has calm conditions and good visibility. Macro life lovers and photographers especially love this dive site!

  • Experience level: suits for all
  • Depth: 5 to 20 meters

Bounty Wreck

The Bounty Wreck is a large sunken floating dock that sank in a storm in 2002, on which the Bounty cruise ship used to dock on. The sunken dock is about 25 meters long and starts at a depth of 8 meters and continues to a depth of approximately 18 meters. The wreck is a home for a wide variety of corals and reef fish like scorpionfish, lionfish, frogfish, drummers, snappers and nudibranch. Deeper, you can also encounter reef sharks. On the slope behind the wreck you might find turtles, clownfishes and mantis shrimps. There are also several car tires and mooring lines scattered around the wreck. You might even find a bicycle while diving at this site. 

Diving at the Bounty Wreck is a drift-dive. The currents disintegrate the upper part of the wreck, so it is not safe to dive under or inside the wreck.

  • Experience level: suits for all
  • Depth: 5 to 18 meters

Deep Turbo

Dive into the blue ocean and descend to a pristine coral hillock rising from the sandy bottom. Deep Turbo’s dramatic topography and impressive coral garden north of Gili Trawangan make this dive site a very popular dive site. This is one of the most special sites  on the the Gili Islands. This dive site is ideal for experienced divers and Nitrox dives. The average depth of the Deep Turbo makes it optimal for Nitrox so you can safely extend your bottom time. While diving above the giant sea fans and soft corals you might spot for example schools of bat fishes and giant bumbled parrot fishes. Naturally you might also meet turtles at this dive site. In the sand-bottomed area, you might encounter spotted eagle rays.

White and black tip reef sharks can often be seen patrolling around the reef, and the well-trained eye can also find small seahorses hiding in sea fans. This destination is especially comfortable during medium to hard currents, when the current  moves divers effortlessly from one underwater mound to another. Deep Turbo is also an excellent dive site for AOWD courses.

Sometimes currents and waves unfortunately restrict access to this dive site. When diving is possible, Deep Turbo is the place to be and it will not disappoint.

  • Experience level: for experienced divers
  • Depth: 18 to 35 meters

Japanese Wreck

During World War II, Japanese forces used the Gili Islands for some time as one of their bases and also as a prison camp.There are still a few remnants of this period left, with Japanese WW-II Wreck being one of these. The Japanese Wreck is a patrol boat about 20 meters long at a depth of around 45 meters. Diving into an old wreck full of marine life, surrounded by a vast sand field is a memorable experience. The wreck is inhabited by for example lionfish, stonefish, frogfish and big schools of tuna, barracuda and batfish are swimming around the wreck.

  • Experience level: for deep divers, Tech divers
  • Depth: 40 to 50 meters
  • Visibility: 10 to 30 meters