Lombok's crystal clear waters leave travellers with several magnificent diving sites to uncover. The best time to plan your dive is over the dry season beginning in March until November, and water temperature ranges from 26 to 30 C (79 to 86 F).
Starting with the most famous site, The Magnet, which sits on the southern coast in Belongas Bay. It bears its name from the many big fish drawn to the site such as hammerheads, barracuda and eagle rays. The Magnet drops down to 80 metres and is for advanced divers only.
A short boat ride from the west of Lombok will take you to the stunning North Gili Islands, with some of the top diving sites. The North Gili Islands are home to Trawangan, Air and Meno and are popular amongst honeymooners and backpackers. Gili Meno is known for its underwater sculptures called 'The Nest', for you to encounter. Here you experience up close turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and more. Sitting to the west of Gili Meno is Meno Wall with an 18-metre drop. Encounter a mix of coral fish moving with the current, crabs, lionfish, wart slugs and nudibranchs as well as hawksbill and green turtles floating away. South of Gili Trawangan comes to life with Manta Rays in the wet season, and reef sharks and turtles inhabit the area all year round. The drop goes down to 40 metres, and the beautiful mix of marine life fits into the Malang Reef underwater canyons featuring blue-spotted stingrays, lionfish, white tips and spiny lobsters. While Shark Point sits east of Gili Trawangan and the morning is when this site comes to life with up to 24 metres of coral waters to explore. Here you'll find trivially, white tip reef shark, ribbon eels and mantas. Volker's Golf Course lays 500 metres from Shark Point and begins from 30 metres and down. Down in the depths, you'll witness sharks, doctor fish and mackerel but it sometimes also brings strong currents due to the distance of the sea.
Moving on to more remote waters in the south of Lombok, are Sekotong (mainland) and South Gilis - Asahan, Gede, Ringgit and many more, home to pristine, white sandy beaches and unspoilt reefs. Gili Ringgit is small, but an excellent place for beginner divers with cuttlefish and blue-spotted stingrays as well as coral gardens. For a more untouched diving experience, the southwest is where you'll find quieter dive sites. Here, the gentle currents create a perfect combination for those wanting to learn how to dive or brush up on their skills. Another popular site here are the Stairs of Medang, where the reef drops into a stairway looking shape down to 30 metres. Here you'll encounter turtles playing and fish trailing each other as you continue deeper on to manta rays and sharks.
Lombok has so many dive sites for you to explore. Add to your list Frog Fish Point, Hammerhead Sharks (a newer site with pristine coral and of course, sharks), The Cathedral, Nipah Slope, and Alang-Alang Wall (great for night dives), and you'll be sure to find an adventure to suit.