When you heard of Gili, you might instantly think of Lombok: the neighbouring sister of Bali. But have you ever know the four Gili dive sites that lies in the easternmost of Bali? A lesser known Bali diving spots, these Gili holds particular charm and secrets that would amazed the most adventurous divers…
Gili Tepekong: The Lesser Known Bali Diving Spot
Nicknamed as the Plateau, Gili Tepekong boasts yards of stunning corals which ends on breathtaking deep wall. In the other hands however, Gili Tepekong also holds the reputation as being one of the most dangerous diving spots in Bali. The Toilet is another nickname of Gili Tepekong, given due to the swirling downwards currents that resembled a flushed toilet. So strong that careless diver could be drawn to the depth of Lombok strait. Gili Tepekong is by no means an easy dive site for beginners—it’s reserved for the seasoned advanced only! You will also need a trusted guide who masters the reading of complex surface patterns.
Though it’s seriously challenging, Gili Tepekong does offers a very rewarding dive. Tepekong has an amazing cave dive you can explore on a good day. When the condition permit, you can pass the small cave and come out to a breathtaking vertical wall on the other side. This is where some white tip sharks are usually resting! You can also make a turnaround to arrive at the back of the coral reef to marvel at the colourful, healthy corals and the sheer quantity of fishes that make up the busy marine life there.
Gili Mimpang: The Batu Tiga
Located close to the Gili Tepekong, Gili Mimpang is another excellent site that sits right in the border of Bali and Lombok strait. The site is nicknamed as Batu Tiga (three rocks) which refer to three large rock structures that mark the site. Though it’s close to the dangerous Gili Tepekong, Gili Mimpang is surprisingly a relatively easy. One can even snorkel in Gili Mimpang and marvel at the colourful coral bommies and hanging out with millions of fishes from many different species there. It’s also the only Bali diving spots where you can do cave diving without having to go too deep. The cave is teeming with healthy soft corals and schools of glass fishes that makes the dive very attractive. Sharks also apparently favor Gili Mimpang to chill. The White-tip sharks regularly visits this site, but sometimes rarer sharks like Wobbegong and Coral Cat sharks do make appearance as well. On lucky day, you might even see the elusive Mola Mola wandering around cave! However, only advanced divers could meet the sharks as they usually hang out below 25 meters deep/
Gili Biaha: The Shark Cave
Another Bali diving site that you might have never heard before; the Gili Biaha. Not many divers venture to this beaten path, but the experience is truly amazing. Large marine creatures can be found in this impressive dive site, along with cuttlefish, octopus, and a bunch of nudibranchs from all shapes and colours. Gili Biaha also hosts two good dive sites on its area; the Shark Cave and Biaha Slope. If the currents and condition allow, you can dive both of the sites!
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Gili Selang: The Newest Bali Diving Spots
Not many divers traveled to Gili Selang as it’s just relatively recently discovered. Gili Selang is still under exploration and it’s full of surprises! It consist of small islet that lie off in the most eastern part of Bali. Between Bali mainland and Gili Selang is shallow, protected area that host large colonies of brain and leather corals! Descend down the black sand reef slope below and you will stumble on large black coral bushes and gorgonian fans, which is the home of the rare pygmy pink seahorses. Due to the depth, however, make this dive only accessible for the advanced.