Many tourism players in Lombok are unaware of the origin of Gili Trawangan, which is known by tourists, especially foreign tourists who used to be only inhabited by a group of traditional Bugis Sulawesi fishermen and the land consists of coconut and pine trees on the coast.
Then some Small investors around the 1980s glanced at this island to be used as a stopover for tourists who had a mediocre (back packer) tourist who liked the silence and atmosphere of the beach accompanied by the construction of several bungalow units.
Especially when Gili was very well known among tourism actors, that is a back packer destination, at that time the intensity of crossings was very minimal using small-engine boats with a maximum capacity of only 10 passengers with the fastest time of 45 minutes if the seawater was calm and could eat 1 hour if the conditions are windy, then at that time the Senggigi tourist area is the main destination for tourists who want to visit the island of Lombok but now it is a beautiful story for tourism businesses based in the Senggigi region.
Over time many dive shops that develop in Senggigi and Gili are diving or diving destinations, dive companies or dive shops in Senggigi make an itinerary to dive around 3 Gili (Trawangan, Meno and Air) by providing shuttle transportation from the hotel then taken to the Nara bay port or Kodek bay with a mini bus shuttl.
Then using a boat that has been designed for diving needs because of the wooden boat interior shape there are slots to put oxygen tanks for diving, participants are taken to diving spots that have been Schedule by dive master based in Senggigi, as time goes by, the diving businessmen expand their diving business by opening their branches on Gili Island or on three Gili (Air, Meno and Trawangan)
This is where the forerunner to the development of tourism on the three Gilis, especially Gili Trawangan, is that each branch of the dive shop also provides rooms for diving participants, especially those who take courses to get a license, then followed by businessmen in the hospitality sector that appear first time namely hotels Ombak villa which was once also besides the hotel is Academic Vila Ombak diving.
Currently for those who want to do diving activities on Gili, there are already a lot of choices of places or there are many choices of diving companies, estimated around 15 dive shops including: Blue Marlin Dive, Blue Marin Dive (replacing Blue Marlin) Rinjani Dive (now no more ) Good Dive (no Japanese based) Blue Coral Dive (now it’s not in Trawangan but it’s in Air Gili) Budha Dive (formerly Dive Indonesia), German-based Dream Diver, Big Bubble Dive, Aquatic, Manta Dive, Trawangan Dive , Lombok Dive, Gangga Dive, Diversia, DSM based on France and Lutwala Dive.
For a one-time price, Fun Dive in all places costs the same, namely US $ 35 for 1 X fun dive and there is an additional fee of US $ 5 to fund the foreign NGO “Gili Echo Trust” which takes care of the sustainability of the Gili, whether it is garbage or coral reefs the order zone of the Trawangan and other Gili business people Gili Echo Trust plays a role as a consultant, so if you want to do diving or diving 3 times a day then you will be charged extra US $ 5 the same as one diving or diving will cost US $ 5 / day.
For those who do not have a license, they can also do diving in a way that must be escorted by a dive master or in other terms, DSD (Discover Scuba Dive) previously taught the theory on the table starting at 10:30 am first by filling out the form and the rules and conditions will be explained.
Steps to do diving, then will be invited to the safety box location to change clothes using wetsuit or diving clothes, then go to the pool to learn theory before being invited to join other groups to diving spots at 2pm but the pay is double that of US $ 70 and later will be given a certificate, for those who want to do diving courses can be done on Gili with the duration of the course between 3 days or 4 days depending on the type of package that is for example:
Discover Scuba Diving 1 or 2 days including 1 x dive Rp. 900,000
Open Water course (certified) 3 or 4 days including 4 x diving Rp.5,500,000
Refresh your skills 1 or 2 days including 1 x dive
Advanced Open Water 2 or 3 days including 5 x diving Rp. 4,500,000
EFR Rescue Course + 4 or 5 days including 5 x diving Rp. 7,000,000
Dive masters – approx 5 x diving Rp
Divemaster course Rp. 14,000,000
Adventure Diver Course Rp.3, 400,000
All Dive Organizations Welcomed
Dives and Dive Guides for all Levels
Private Guides Available
Private Boat Charter
In each dive shop, each of them has a French instructor or dive master who speaks French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and others. These people are indeed from the country of origin who are intentionally employed to support the supporting language in order to serve optimally.
Visitors from these countries and those who are definitely dive masters of Indonesian citizens are also many professionals and experienced to be more clearly able to immediately ask to be connected to the dive master so that it can be explained improvised and can ask about all the latest changes or developments in Gili Trawangan.
FOLLOWING THE COURSE PRICE ACCORDING TO SPECIFICATIONS