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Diving in Belongas Bay

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When to go to Belongas Bay

Best time to dive in the Belongas area is March-mid June and October-November when the water conditions are (relatively) calm. The water temperature in Southeast Lombok is about 26-27C/78-80F.

Scuba diving in Belongas Bay

Belongas Bay is located on the south coast of Lombok. Lombok International Airport is located in 42km/26mi from it. The bay itself is fairly large, it is sheltered and quite scenic with long sweeping white sand beaches, but as head south out of the bay the power of those waves coming all the way from the Roaring Forties becomes apparent as they break on the eastern and western tips of the bay. Belongas Bay is host to several very good dive sites including the legendary Magnet and the Cathedral. The Magnet, or Batu Kapal as it is known locally, is a pinnacle in about 80m of water and located in open water to the southwest of Belongas Bay. It’s position means that it is exposed to the big seas from the southeast and is famous for the surge, strong currents. But the same things that create the dangerous elements are also the ones that attract the “big dogs” and the site is equally famous for the schooling hammerheads, barracuda, tuna & mobular rays that aggregate there. The Cathedral is located further eastwards and is also exposed to the elements and known for schooling pelagics and a large cave at 40m/131ft. Both the Magnet and Cathedral are only for experienced divers. Other dive sites are Boulder City, Coral Garden, Blue Hole and Gili Sarang.