The Gili Selang Dive Site of Bali
If you ever dream of diving in an aquarium-like environment then you should consider Gili Selang. The abundant pristine soft coral and wide variety of species is what you get when you dive there. Often pelagic fishes come here. In fact, we were lucky enough to watch a group of scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) in the 26 meters depth. They were group of eight with 2 meters length on average except one big guy that we believed to be the leader, which almost reach 3 meters in length. It was 23 degree of Celsius, cold enough for us, tropical divers. This dive site well known for its unpredictable strong current therefore be prepare with your sausage and good boatman that ought to chase you when you are drifted. On the subsequent dive we also saw a green turtle (Chelonia midas) eagerly swam try to balance itself in the middle of swirling current. Even a group of big bumphead parrotfish can not well maintain their balance when they meet the current, when we ourselves watched them by hanging on to the rock.
If you take a look at Bali map, you will find that this island is the easternmost tip of Bali Island, It could be the reason why the current is unpredictable here. The picture on the left made by Rochmad Setyadi in one of the scariest dive ever. See how the current rip the anemone. We always love to take our friend experienced diver here. The scariest dive I have ever had here is when I was diving there just 3 days after the full moon. My frontal sinus felt pain at that time, I guess it’s because I had a little bit cold. I felt pain on my left eyebrow (sinus frontalis) when the current started to take us to Lombok strait. Lucky us, we had Made Suwena the instructor with us, so he can take over my role as the leader although he knew nothing about that site. We ended up drifted about 300 meters from the island, while Rochmad, because of trying hard to take a picture of a giant moray eel, he was separated from us. The boatman had to pick up one by one separately. But that experience would not make me stop to dive Gili Selang. I always consider Gili Selang as the best dive site in Bali.
Courtesy: Erwin Kodiat