The Ultimate Guide to Scuba Diving in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Gili 'T' (Trawangan) in Indonesia is one of the most popular dive destinations in Asia. Thousands upon thousands of divers flock there every year, mostly to do scuba courses and extend their knowledge and training. So of course, Girls that Scuba wanted to see what all the fuss was about and headed to Gili T, Indonesia this summer (2017) to check out the waters ourselves. Here's everything you need to know about scuba diving in Gili T!

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Scuba diving and travelling to Raja Ampat with kids

scuba diving on a budget raja ampat

We recently travelled across the world from the UK to Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia to dive some of the best dive destinations in the world. It was a long trip and quite costly as we stayed in resorts and dived every day. So we wanted to find out how to do Raja Ampat on a budget AND with kids in tow.

 

Traveling with young children can be daunting. How about adding scuba diving to that and also somewhere remote like Raja Ampat? How do you even organise a scuba holiday there with kids? Is it expensive? Safe? Vaccinations required? What do you even pack for family of 4 including dive equipment, 7 and 1 year old daughters? How do you deal with budget planes and long stop overs? Screaming kids?

 

Girls that Scuba member Michelle-Ann used to be a dive instructor living in Dahab, Egypt with a daughter operating a small dive business. Since returning to Melbourne, Australia and having another child, diving had always been on her mind but not been viable. When she finally got the chance to dive and travel again her and her family decided on Raja Ampat to dive the untouched reefs and support the local papuan community staying in an eco-lodge.

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Scuba diving in Raja Ampat - where, how, liveaboard or shore?

bait ball in Raja Ampat
Have you ever seen a school of fish this big? | Photo by Mike Corey, Kick the Grind

Raja Ampat in Indonesia is scuba diving heaven. There's no place quite like it for scuba divers and is top on most divers bucket list! However, it is notoriously expensive and hard to get to, so when doing it it's got to be done properly! That's why Girls that Scuba is here to let you know everything you need to know before visiting Raja Ampat!

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Scuba Diving in Alor, Indonesia

Never heard of Alor? Us neither until we were told it’s a scuba dive heaven, so Girls that Scuba travelled to this little known island in Indonesia to see for ourselves if it really is the most colourful dive destinations the world. It’s safe to say, we weren’t disappointed. Here’s everything you need to know about scuba diving in Alor, Indonesia.

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Scuba Diving in Sangalaki, Indonesia – An Exclusive Paradise

When it comes to scuba diving in Southeast Asia, no doubt Indonesia is among the top destinations, and Komodo island (one of the world-class dive sites and home to Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on earth!) then there's Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings, part of Coral Triangle that contains the richest marine biodiversity on earth) are definitely on the bucket list of many divers.

 

But just off the Indonesian Borneo, there is a less-well known untouched paradise – Sangalaki, which offers top notch diving and an exclusive experience that is perfect for a getaway with your family and friends.

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Your Guide to Scuba Diving in Komodo, Indonesia

Komodo, Indonesia is one of the worlds most famous dive destinations - mostly known for its population of manta rays, it earns its reputation not only for the majestic rays, but also of it’s abundance of marine life and huge populations of corals. The best way to hit all of these top dive spots in Komodo is to go on a liveaboard for at least 3 days (but preferably 7) so you can reach the further out dive spots that aren’t accessible on the main land Labuan Bajo. We recently spent 3 days on board a liveaboard with CNdiveKomodo and here’s what we think are the best dive spots in Komodo. Let's go diving in Komodo!!

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Top 10 Scuba Dive Sites in Bali

Picture credits: Australias Coral Coast
Picture credits: Australias Coral Coast

Bali, the island of the Gods is a rare paradise for scuba diving enthusiasts looking for something different. Bali is a dream place for all the senses: bright greens of the rice terraces, the vibrant music of the gamelan – a traditional xylophone, the sweet fragrance of the frangipani flower, the mouth-watering babi guling – suckling pig, or the deep relaxation a Balinese oil massage. Everything is an invitation to take the road and discover each corner of it while exploring some the finest scuba diving sites in the world. This Indonesian island gathers everything an adventure diver could dream of: colourful coral reefs, encounters with huge fish, cave diving, using traditional Balinese boat, muck diving or even technical diving. Want know where to dive in Bali? Here's our ULTIMATE in-depth guide.

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