Diving in Lombok is incredible and is far superior to the excellent diving that Bali has to offer. The reason for this is partly due to there being more areas that are protected from the fierce swell of the Indian ocean but mainly due to the proximity of Lombok especially on the west coast to the Wallace line that is an imaginary line that parts Lombok from Bali and travels further up the coast where the two different types of species both in and out of the water meet. This means that Biodiversity in this are is amazing for a great diving and in line with most bio-diverse areas on the plant with over 3,500 different marine species all living in and around the reefs that are located offshore and close to the beach feeding off the constant streams of warm nutrients that flow from the deep waters and the intense sunlight that allows fans and wall coral to grow to gigantic proportions. When you compare the 3,500 different species living around the reefs alone to the 1,500 species living around the Great Barrier Reef, it is easy to see why Lombok is becoming more interested for diving, dived although the reefs have not yet been over dived and it is a good thing that divers are taking great care not to damage these reefs as over 25% of the worlds coral reefs are located in Indonesian waters.
The Gili islands are also not to be forgotten and certainly require a mention for diving in Lombok, as they are some of the richest and diverse sites in the area. This is due to the variants it the sea bed topography that is a combination of slopes, drop offs and plateaus that harbor all kinds of different species and give a good all-round presentation of all that Indonesia has to offer. When diving in Lombok on the Gili Islands you can expect to encounter such species as Moray Eels, Angel Fish, White Tip Reef Sharks, Cuttlefish, turtles and Ghost Pipefish as a selection of just a few of the many. Diving around the Gili Islands and the rest of northwest Lombok there are over 15 recognized and highly acclaimed dive sites and many more sites that are worth seeing, there are also many spots being found all the time that offer incredible diving in this aquatic goldmine.
In the morning you can even visit a little known spot called Shark Point and no prizes for guessing why. It is a point where there are sharks although they are not the big scary ones, just harmless reef sharks as well as turtles of the Hawksbill and Green varieties ribbon eels and as if that was not enough there are often Manta as well. There is also an amazing spot called Volkers' Golf course which is located not above but below the water just 500 meters east of Shark point. This green patchy floor, which is very similar to an underwater golf course, is the best spot to find sharks that can sometimes be the bigger ones as well as schools of Mackerel and doctor fish.