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

Lutwala Dive/Alam Gili, Mar, 2013,

by John Woolley, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 6943.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Relaxed dive with a relaxed dive master, following the group at a nice pace.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments Undercurrent readers are a sophisticated group of scuba travelers, so I think very hard when I write these comments and how to best summarize...here 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Charles Rubin in WA, US at Apr 27, 2013 23:46 EST  
Hi 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 bargain. www.komodoalordive.com
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 you.
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