Let me introduce myself first, my identify is Denes Halmos and my ardour in life is diving.
For over 12 years I’ve been a PADI Teacher with expertise diving in places all world wide, however closely centered round Koh Tao in Thailand and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt’s Purple Sea.
Over the previous few years I’ve been looking places in Asia usually at first, searching for the right location to open up a dive college of my very own. Slowly I narrowed my search to Indonesia, and finally I discovered it in Lombok’s as but largely untouched, but creating south coast.
Lombok is an island in Indonesia only a brief ferry or speedboat journey from Bali (or after all it now has a brand new worldwide airport which is sparking tourism).
Folks check with it as “Bali, however 30 years in the past”, which in case you have been to Bali not too long ago, is likely to be a welcome change due to the visitors, air pollution and problem which you’ll expertise anyplace away from the coast.
The air is clear, the roads are quiet, and the seashores are pristine and untouched, with turquoise waters, a few of the world’s finest surf spots, and breath-taking surroundings.
Investigating the Diving
I had heard the diving right here was distinctive, with hammerhead sharks in season, giant marine life, but in addition untouched (i.e. not dynamite fished) coral reefs.
As quickly as I attempted it I knew it was the place for me. The colour beneath the water is wonderful right here. The scale and scale and number of coral blew me away..
.. however then if you look nearer it’s teaming with tiny, pigmy marine life – even miniture pigmy seahorses (so cute!)
On the time there was just one dive college on the entire of the south coast, I used to be amazed that such a vibrant dive location was untapped and even unchartered!
What to Anticipate
Nicely, firstly, from the island – you may anticipate pleasant locals who will train you a couple of phrases of Indonesian, contemporary ingredient straight from native markets, and easy, however trendy lodging.
From the diving, I do know you’ll have a tremendous memorable expertise. I believed I used to be spoilt having spent a number of years within the Purple Sea, however Lombok blew me away, and particularly if you wish to get away from the crowds – I can assure that you simply will not see another divers apart from your buddies if you come right here.
It is not true that Lombok is just for superior divers (we train introductory dives and PADI open water). There are some difficult dives with sturdy underwater swells
Nevertheless there are a variety of secluded bays which provide safety from the ocean swell and currents that are teaming with marine life and exquisite coral and are excellent areas for inexperienced persons.
The south coast has a lot selection, from marine life huge and small, from reef dives, to cave / canyon dives, shallow or deep. There’s something for everybody right here!