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Sekotong Bay: Lombok Diving Destination


Sekotong Bay (off the southwest coast of Lombok) is a very large bay that offers a degree of protection from the strong currents of the Lombok Strait, and for this reason became the playground of many unique sea dwellers. Located about a two hour drive from Mataram, the Sekotong Bay Area is a vast stretch of rough coastline decorated with beautiful white sandy beaches overlooking the chains of islands including Gili Nanggu, Gili Sudak, Gili Gede, and more. While it may as yet not be as famous as Senggigi Beach or the trio islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air in the northwest of Lombok, this south west area offers pristine splendors especially for those who love underwater adventures.

With over 3,500 of species inhabiting Indonesia magnificent underwater world, Sekotong Bay is considered as one of the sites that has the richest marine life diversity to be found in this Indo-Pacific region. In comparison, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia has just 1,500 species and the Red Sea of the Mediterranean has only 600. Among some of the sea dwellers that divers can meet here are sea turtles, white tipped reef sharks, cuttlefish, moray eels, frog fish, ghost pipefish, and a whole lot more.

This bay is also notable for its pristine reefs with an abundance of amazing and unique soft and hard corals since it has not been damaged by dynamite or cyanide fishing. There are varying conditions throughout the bay of Sekotong: from easy and relaxed conditions in the protected bay to thrilling and adventurous diving around the tip of Bangko-Bangko Peninsula and further to the South. This makes diving suitable for both beginners as well as advanced divers.

Located about 60 kilometers South West, from Mataram, capital of West Nusa Tenggara, it’s an easy 1.5 to 2 hours’ drive to get to Sekotong Bay area. From the neighboring island of Bali, you can either take a 20 minutes flight to Lombok International Airport or take the ferry from Padang Bai harbor in Karangasem, Bali to Lembar Harbor in Lombok. From the airport, it’s about an hour’s drive, while from Lembar Harbor the trip will take only about 30 minutes

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Wiwik Sugiani
Wiwik Sugiani
05 jul

nice place

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