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Dive Review of Villa Ombak Diving Academy/KoKoMo Villas in
Indonesia/Gili T/Lombok

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Cavanaugh, TX, US
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Report Number 6298
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time. No deco.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No place to store camera or video equip on boat. No rinse tank on boat. No
rinse tank at dive shop (for video/photo equipment only). Crew was well
versed in handling video/photo equipment in & out of water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    

Kokomo was supposed to be the high end of the Gili T (Trawangan)
experience. Gili T actually appeared to be a back packers place to go and
on a global scale the infrastructure was still quite crude. No vehicles
allowed on the island, lots of horse drawn carts with horses that appeared
to be overworked and miserable in the heat. Kokomo was nicely furnished
with an A/C that marginally worked. The 1 bdrm villa we stayed in had a
nice fresh water Jacuzzi for after dive soaking. We booked Kokomo with
breakfast included but they would only allow one cup of coffee. I would
recommend Kokomo to others but I would personally want to check out others
as a comparison. The food was touted as being top of the line for the
island but we found that the only thing that was "top" was the
price. While the food was average, we found that eating at other places
gave us a benchmark comparison. Hygiene was a concern for me on Gili T. 
for food & water. I saw the same dolphin and barracuda laying on ice 4
nights in a row so I question the freshness and quality of the food on ice
on the island. The water in the shower and the tap for Kokomo villa was
salty, my guess is that the fresh water brought over by boat from Lombok is
topped off or cut with sea water. The transportation from Lombok to Gili T
was supposed to be a fast boat but it turned out to be a real mood killer.
The boat was nothing more than a 12-14' ski boat with open deck. With a
2-3' chop on the water we and our baggage were hosed before we reached


The dive leaders with Villa Ombak were polite and cheerful and did a fairly
good job of pointing out the macro stuff. The dive leaders had a tendency
to dive a deep profile (stay deeper longer) and then fast tracked the exit
from the water. More than one dive leader followed that profile so I assume
it is understood that they can shorten the time in water by staying deep
longer. We would dive our own profile and they would wait for us to finish.
The boat was an island boat which was difficult to enter and exit. The rule
was that you would carry your own weights, fins and mask and the crews
would do the rest. Our dive guide carried everything for us. The boat entry
was a surf entry which was awkward with photo equipment. The boat crews did
not help with equipment getting in the boat. Water entry during diving was
a back roll into the water. This is normal procedure but the width of the
seats made the strain much worse trying to reach the side of the boat with
short legs. Exiting the water was done by handing off weights and then
climbing out on an aluminum framed ladder which was too short. You could
remove the BCD to exit but it was not encouraged because there were many
divers trying to get out with surface current.

Reef/Marine Life:

The reefs looked fair with patches of color. There was quite a bit of reef
damage from boats and divers. The turtles we saw looked emaciated (if that
is possible). That may be a sign of not much to eat on the reef. There were
many nudi's, clownfish, and small reef fish but very few large fish. The
exception to that was a school of bump heads which were the largest I have
ever seen. When I attempted to get close to video the largest one
approached me to challenge my movement towards the school. Cool stuff but
the teeth on that bump head were intimidating.
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