You would think that people would be afraid, but one of Lombok’s most famous attractions is the hammerhead sharks. In one of its most famous dive sites called the Magnet, a diver would be able to witness not only hammerhead sharks but other marine animals in great packs and varieties swimming afloat the vast entirety of the West Indonesian coast.
According to experts, there are two kinds of hammerhead sharks can be found in the Magnet – the small hammerhead shark, which can be around three to four meters in length, and the Great Hammerhead Shark, which can be around four to six meters in length. The Magnet is the one of the only three places in the world where you can see both kinds of hammerhead sharks (the other being the Philippines and Costa Rica). Even if they can be seen in most parts of the world, it is a rare sight to see them in schools containing big numbers. Besides hammerhead sharks, the diversity of fishes found here is vast – from barracudas to dog tooth tunas, from mackerels to many species of rays.
You will be lucky to see hammerheads because some divers, even at the appointed season, fail to see these sharks swimming about. To see the hammerhead sharks, the diver also has to descend to around 60 meters below.
It is good to point out though that the diving experience at the Magnet is a little bit dangerous. Some guides even require those divers who want to go to the Magnet should have a diver’s certificate or an account of a minimum of fifty dives, because the initial drop will have strong currents of six knots up to around 20 meters.
Dive Experience: Expert to Master, Certificated Preferred
Visibility: 7 to 20 meters
Depth: 20 to 80 meters
Best Time to Dive: June to September
Getting There: five-minute boat ride from Teluk Sepi