Just went to Gili Trawangan for a week of diving with manta dive. Transfer from Lombok airport to Gili island were efficient. The life there were very laid back with some decent nightlife. No motor transport only bicycle and Cidomo. Basically the only setback were the shower water, water were clean but taste salty and alot of mosquito.
Diving were nice in some divesite. Although couldn't explore all the divesite due to big wave. Manta dive had their boat sank on my 1st day of diving due to huge wave. Wrong timing to visit the Island. Visibility were mostly 5-20m, sometime up to 30m. All dive were boat backroll. Below are some of the divesite i dive. Mostly are all drift dive.
This site is the nearest to the island and do shore or boat, Can see alot of dead coral due to dynamite fishing back in the old day. Not much to see but alot of nudibranch. Lucky for me to see a Black ghostpipe fish.
This site were form recently as a platform sank 6 years ago. Have a wide range of fishes to see at the platform. School of unicorn fish, lots of scorpion fish, stonefish, sweetlips ranging from small to big, branded seasnake, damsel fish and turtle.
Site are almost the same as Stingray with more variety, napoleon fish, school of bumphead parrot fish, cuttlefish and alot of turtle. Basically all sites have green turtle and sea snake. My DM told mi if i dun see turtle and seasnake at the end of the trip, I must be diving with my eye closed.
Good site with very good visibility 25-30m. No damage to coral due to dynamite fishing. Turtle, whitetip sharks, school of unicornfish and sweetlips are seen almostly every where. Lionfish, Moray eels,trigger fish, types of pufferfish, trumpet, grouper, snapper and alot more.
this site are a wall dive. just follow the current and moving up and down to admire all the living creature and coral.
Lots of nudibranch, turtle, lionfish, unicorn fish, trigger fish, and nice coral.
Overall the trip to Gili was a good and relaxing trip. Always lay around the dive center, they have hammock to let us lie around. food were alright with very cheap local food to restaurant. Gili Deli have great sandwich and coffee for breakfast and afternoon tea. Happy Hour start as early as 4pm, pubs take turn to have party so that it will not disturb the night,Only 1 pub is allow to hold party till late night.The liveband were good at Sama Sama, although mostly every night the same song.