Scuba Diving at Gili Trawangans Mantapoint

Gili Trawangan – 

This post is part of the summary-article 3-Week itinerary Indonesia on a budget (Bali, Gili Islands, Java) . You can either use the links in the summary to get detailed information about each place in the itinerary, or the floating bar at the botton of the page to navigate through each day.

We have a rich breakfast today – omelette with mushrooms and the leftover croissants from yesterday – and them I’m off for diving with Manta Dive. My last scuba dive on the Gilis… The diving spot today matches the name of the diving base: “Manta Point”. Unfortunately, it is not exactly the season to see Mantas, but we can spot some Whitetip Sharks. At the end of the dive I know for sure that I will miss the Gilis.

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The time here was running way too fast. Too bad. Back in the bungalow, we pack our things and have a snack at Manta Dive. The sandwiches are delicious as usual.

We have booked  the “Partyboat”-Watertaxi again, but there is not enough room on the upper deck this time, so we get us some seats on the lower one. Less rocking here and it is a lot more quiet and dry, so you can have a little nap. We have a short stop on Lombok, and some time to strech our legs. Lombok is supposed to be what Bali was about 10 years ago: A relatively pristine, not too touristy paradise. It doesn’t seem that way at the harbor we have anchored, having a shipyard and a sawmill nearby, but I will someday revisit Lombok. Won’t be the last time I travel to Indonesia.

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Padang Bai – 

Late in the evening we reach Padang Bai. Though we were told that there are also transfers to Tulamben, the organizers have just some shuttles to Kuta to offer – and we are quite a lot of people. Great. It gets “sardine can”-cozy as we have to sqeeze ourselves into the – as usually – small Subarus.

Kuta – 

Route Indonesia Bali Gili Trawangan Padangbai Legian Backpacker Backpacking TravelThe guy at the steering wheel is driving like a madman. I am really amazed that nothing happened yet. Although everyone in the car seems absolutely beaten, nobody is able to take a nap, since “Speedracer” prefers to flash his lights at other cars, hit the horn and try quite risky overtaking maneuvers. I decide to look for a hotel via Agoda so we won’t have to waste our time with that after our arrival. The Dakuta hotel and its pool looks really inviting – and although the stomach is already growling, I’m rather looking forward to have a saltwater-free shower than dinner. Since it is already quite late, we decide to have dinner at the hotel and look for diving in Tulamben and paragliding tours while eating.

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Scuba Diving at Gili Trawangans Mantapoint

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