Investigating the Scuba Diving in South Lombok
Let me introduce myself first, my name is Denes Halmos and my passion in life is diving.
For over 12 years I have been a PADI Instructor with experience diving in locations all around the world, but heavily focused around Koh Tao in Thailand and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt’s Red Sea.
Over the last few years I have been searching locations in Asia generally at first, looking for the perfect location to open up a dive school of my own. Slowly I narrowed my search to Indonesia, and eventually I found it in Lombok’s as yet largely untouched, yet developing south coast.
Lombok is an island in Indonesia just a short ferry or speedboat ride from Bali (or of course it now has a new international airport which is sparking tourism).
People refer to it as “Bali, but 30 years ago”, which if you have been to Bali recently, might be a welcome change because of the traffic, pollution and hassle which you can experience anywhere away from the coast.
The air is clean, the roads are quiet, and the beaches are pristine and untouched, with turquoise waters, some of the world’s best surf spots, and breath-taking scenery.
Investigating the Diving
I had heard the diving here was unique, with hammerhead sharks in season, large marine life, but also untouched (i.e. not dynamite fished) coral reefs.
As soon as I tried it I knew it was the place for me. The color under the water is amazing here. The size and scale and variety of coral blew me away..
.. but then when you look closer it is teaming with tiny, pigmy marine life – even miniture pigmy seahorses (so cute!)
At the time there was only one dive school on the whole of the south coast, I was amazed that such a vibrant dive location was untapped and even unchartered!
What to Expect
Well, firstly, from the island – you can expect friendly locals who will teach you a few words of Indonesian, fresh ingredient straight from local markets, and simple, but modern accommodation.
From the diving, I know you will have an amazing memorable experience. I thought I was spoilt having spent several years in the Red Sea, but Lombok blew me away, and especially if you want to get away from the crowds – I can guarantee that you won’t see any other divers other than your buddies when you come here.
It isn’t true that Lombok is only for advanced divers (we teach introductory dives and PADI open water). There are some challenging dives with strong underwater swells
However there are a lot of secluded bays which offer protection from the ocean swell and currents which are teaming with marine life and beautiful coral and are perfect areas for beginners.
The south coast has so much variety, from marine life big and small, from reef dives, to cave / canyon dives, shallow or deep. There is something for everyone here!