There are many incredible and breathtaking dive sites on this planet. And although I have not dived them all, I have dived a fair few and I am pretty certain this particular spot might just be the best dive site in the world. I’m talking about diving the Lombok strait. Of course, it depends on what you are diving for: wrecks, reefs, walls, caves, biodiversity, rare and seasonal marine life. But here is the good part: this place has them all.
The area I dove in these two shoots not only has all of the above, but also sits in the Bali coral triangle, and lies on the Wallace line. This means 15% of the world’s coral reefs in one place, and what’s even more staggering is this is the most biodiverse area in the world. The Wallace line is the divide between the completely distinct Eurasian and Oceanian flora and fauna (that’s plants and animals to you and me). The underwater rift between Asia and Oceania here is so deep that it didn’t allow plants and animals to cross over and mix.
Apart from being the biggest biodiversity jackpot, the visibility is the best I have ever come across, having dived the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Maldives.
And it’s a great place for all diver levels, form beginners to very experienced divers. Go between June and September – the dry season, which means clear sunny skies and good visibility.
I put together a map with some suggestions to start you off if you decide to dive this part of the world.