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Dive Review of Lutwala Dive/Alam Gili in
Indonesia/Gili Trawangan

March, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by John Woolley, WA, US
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Report Number 6943
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Raja Ampat, Komodo, Bali, Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Kaui, Puget
Sound, Bahamas, Belize, Roatan, Saba, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Relaxed dive with a relaxed dive master, following the group at a nice
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
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Undercurrent readers are a sophisticated group of scuba travelers, so I
think very hard when I write these comments and how to best it is: when thinking of a trip to Indonesia, go to Gili
Trawangan if you want to dive a little and relax a lot.  Go to Raja Ampat
or Komodo if you want to dive a lot and relax a little.  And if you want to
relax a lot and dive a little, I recommend staying at Alam Gili and 
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By Charles Rubin in WA, US at Apr 27, 2013 23:46 EST  
Question. My wife and are experienced divers and live in Singapore. For a
quick three day dive trip, Bali and Lombok are super easy, with direct
flights.  What is your impression of diving in the Gillis? Health of
corals, big fish, schooling fish, number of divers/experience. Quiet
setting is nice, but we really want is great diving.   Thanks, Charlie
By John Woolley in WA, US at Apr 28, 2013 12:37 EST  
Charlie: With Singapore as your hub, I am insanely jealous as you have such
great diving at your finger tips.  My first recommendation is to buy a book
recommended by Undercurrent: "Diving Southeast Asia": Beth and
Shaun Temey, Footprint Books.  Some of it are just puff pieces, but I use
it to then get ideas as to what to research on websites and Undercurrent. 
Having said that, if Indonesia is your destination (I assume you've already
gone to places in Malaysia that will get you to Sipadan) and you want great
diving, I would skip the Gili Islands.  Have you considered places in North
Sulawasi?  I think you can get direct flights to Manado, with a host of
places not overly far.  That may be our next destination.  However, with
all that said, try and get a week and dive a live aboard in either Komodo
or Raja Ampat--just fantastic.  I can highly recommend Grand Komodo's
boats: not super fancy but incredibly well organized and a relative
By Charles Rubin in WA, US at May 03, 2013 23:08 EST  
Hi John- we are thinking about Bunaken, since its a direct flight to
Manado. My concern is that the area might have too many divers.  Next
month, we are going on a live aboard to N. and S. Komoto. We thought that
the Gilis might proviepde great diving with little fuss. I meet one of the
owners of a land based resort in the Gili Isl., Blue Marlin Diving. But I
am always wary of resorts that are a bit corporate and provide so many
classes that we will always dive in groups with varied experience.  We have
not visited Sipadan, mostly due to the permit system. We might visit during
low season in October with a "charm free" operator that will give
us three dive days at Sipadan if the resort is empty. We will check a few
days before and book air tickets if available.
By John Woolley in WA, US at May 03, 2013 23:20 EST  
Enjoy Komodo, we loved it.  One essential piece of advice: take a reef
hook!  I suppose another is: don't panic when you get caught in a down
current , which you probably will.

We checked out all the places in Gili, including Blue Marlin: hopefully my
original post gave a clear indication of my opinion!
By Charles Rubin in WA, US at Jun 27, 2013 02:04 EST  
John - Our Komoto Is trip was excellent using the Black Manta.  You are on
the mark  about reef hooks.   From our limited experience, we had more
issues with down currents in Bali on Nusa Penida - rapidly falling tide
with fast currents.  Based on our experience, Bali is our best "go
to" three day weekend destination (a surprise for us).  This fall, we
will return to Komoto again.
By John Woolley in WA, US at Jun 27, 2013 22:49 EST  
Charles:  So glad you enjoyed it.  Now, on to Raja Ampat!   And don't
forget to check out Grand Komodo, our favorite company.  It's Indonesian
owned, so you keep you money local.  But mostly they are just truly
wonderful people.  Tell Tian and Putu I sent you!
By Charles Rubin in WA, US at Jun 28, 2013 00:47 EST  
Hi John

We will contact Grand Komoto, since we are planning a Raja Ampat trip.
Other than getting to Sorong, it not that long of a trip for us.  One
comment, with3 dives/day over a week or so, its nice to use Nitrox.  I was
not sure if Grand Komoto provides Nitrox, unless this was not an issue for
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