Scuba Diving South Lombok

Hi all, as I’ve been living and diving in South Lombok for 7 years now, I’ve read numerous articles, blogs, and forum posts about our region and many people think South Lombok is only for the “rough and ready” adventure diver, so I feel the need to clear up a few misconceptions about the south coast of Lombok.

South Lombok, in general, presents itself as a relaxed place (some people compare it to Bali 20 years ago), and travelers of all interests (not only divers) can find a very tropical and enjoyable region to visit. One will find beautiful white sandy beaches, simple to more luxurious accommodations, friendly locals, and lots of nature and relaxation.

There are 3 unique regions in the south of Lombok, Sekotong, Belongas Bay, and Kuta Bay:

Sekotong is a tropical little place with not much topside activity other than maybe renting a motorbike and exploring the coastline, snorkeling, swimming, or of course scuba diving. It’s quite perfect for couples and families who just want to relax and enjoy. There isn’t much touristic infrastructure (although it’s developing fairly quickly), but most accommodations have an adjacent restaurant so no one will need to go hungry (or thirsty). The scuba diving it’s relaxed, colorful reef diving at very intact reefs and lots of macro life can be found.

Belongas Bay, the place where the misconceptions actually come from, is truly only for the more adventures traveler and diver. The region is basically in the middle of nowhere, and the locals don’t see very much tourism there. So don’t be surprised if you are approached in a quite curios manner, for some this might even feel a little disturbing. The diving around this region can prove to be very challenging (especially during the dry season from July till October), but also can be very rewarding in a sense of pelagic life. Most certainly I would only recommend diving there only to the experienced diver.

Kuta Bay is comparable to Sekotong (from the diving aspect), but offers more infrastructure and topside possibilities such as, cafes, restaurants, and accommodations. The diving there is well suited for all levels of experience, and the dive shops there also have pool facilities etc. available for all levels of courses. But it should be mentioned that Kuta is best for diving during the rainy season (November till April), as during the dry season it’s subject to wind and waves (hence the time surfers love the place).

There are 2 or 3 dive shops located in South Lombok, and I’m sure they’ll be happy to give you some more detailed info about the general conditions for the particular regions.

Hope you guys come and visit, and have a great day;)

What is Special in the Bali Villas of the Island of Gods?

“The Island Of Gods” is not a strange phrase today. Bali, the place popularly known as the ‘Island of Gods’ has become one of the best tourist attractions of today. Statistics indicate that Bali attracts an average of 1,000,000 tourists from all around the planet every year. As the world knows, Bali is very famous for the rice terraces which are the spectacular sightings on this planet. Another factor that attracts the tourists towards Bali is the climate. Bali has a tropical climate with a comfortable temperature of around 28 degree centigrade. Alright, apart from the alluring sightings and the soothing weather conditions, there is another important factor that makes tourists from all parts of the world swarm towards Bali. This factor is called accommodation in the villas. Now you may be wondering what is that special with the villas that attract millions of tourist every year. Just keep reading on to find the specialty of the Bali Villas.

The Peaceful And Very Calm Atmosphere

The first specialty of the Bali villas is the best atmosphere where they are located. These villas are located with the surrounding rice fields which presents great calm atmosphere. The calm nature is found to bring great mind relaxation. Many people prefer staying in the villas for mind relaxation. Some of them even believe that these villas are excellent stress busters. Tourists staying in the peaceful Bali villas can never forget the comfort that they offer.

The Ultimate Privacy

Privacy is another factor that makes these Bali Villas very special. The privacy offered by these accommodation spots make them the perfect places for the honeymooners to stay. This is obviously one of the main reasons why Bali is becoming one most preferred honeymoon spots. With the increasing popularity of the Villas as the best honeymoon spot, there are some service providers who offer Bali Villa honeymoon packages. These honeymoon packages will include the best accommodation in comfortable private rooms which offer the very best privacy and dining the very best cuisine.

The Right Option For Peace Lovers

If you are planning a vacation trip for getting mind relaxation in a peaceful environment, the Bali villas are made for you. Nothing in this planet can be compared the peacefulness of these accommodation spots. Even some of the health experts recommend visiting Bali and staying in these peaceful villas that offers great mind relaxation necessary for sound health.

Booking the Bali Villas is not a big deal today. Some of the very best Bali villa rental providers like Mia Villa Bali have made online reservation facilities. So it is very much easy to book a Bali villa prior to your travel. With these Bali villas, this place is no doubt “The Island Of Gods”

Explore the Tropical Sea by Scuba Diving

If ever there was an image that sums up the magic of diving, it is that of a coral reef. Although coral reefs are the most famous feature of tropical seas, these warm clear waters have much more to offer, such as mangrove swamps, sea-grass beds, and vast tracts of open ocean.

Warm Belt

Tropical waters occupy the region within the “20A�C isotherm”-the irregular hand of water north and south of the equator that seldom drops below 68A�F (20A�C). Although undeniably appealing to the diver, they actually present a less attractive environment for marine life. The warm equatorial sun heats the upper layers of the water column, creating a marked temperature difference between the surface water and deeper colder water. Such temperature stratification prevents mixing of the water column, so nutrients are not passed up from deeper water. Marine animals and plants have therefore had to adapt and evolve numerous strategies to cope with the lack of nutrients in the water around them. Perhaps the most remarkable of these is the coral reef. Primary production-the formation of organic compounds from inorganic material is up to 100 times greater in coral reefs than in open tropical waters, and although they cover only 0.2 percent of the ocean environment, they are home to 25 – 30 percent of all fish species.

The reefs of the Indo-Pacific are the richest marine environments on Earth. Their beautiful structure and bright colors, combined with the splendor and variety of animals that inhabit them, make reefs irresistible to divers, and it is no coincidence that many of the world’s best dive sites tire found on coral reefs.

Coastal Nurseries

Tropical waters are also home to mangrove swamps and sea grass beds, both arguably as important as coral reefs in the overall health of tropical seas. There are 10 species of mangroves – tropical trees and shrubs that grow in shallow and intertidal coastal waters – and they form flooded forests that act as nurseries for various reef and open-water fish species. The 50 species of sea grass form “meadows’ in shallow waters that are feeding grounds and nurseries for many fish species. The eradication of sea grass beds and mangrove swamps around the world is a real concern, with undeniable impacts on coastal ecology as animal populations are denied crucial areas for tire growth and development of their young.

Reefs Under Threat

Coral reefs worldwide are under intense pressure. The continued development of coastal regions has caused silty water to run into the seas, smothering these delicate systems, and, coupled with the damage caused by destructive fishing methods, it is thought that up to 90 percent of reels have been impacted by humankind. There is also evidence that rising water temperatures are causing a phenomenon known as bleaching, which is fatal to reefs. This occurs when the coral polyps eject the minute algae that sustain them as a response to stress.

Diving a reef can be the highlight of a diver’s life, but we have a very real responsibility when exploring reefs not to harm or disrupt them in any way. A considerate approach is vital if we are to preserve these wonderfully vibrant ecosystems.