Diving Around the Gili Islands
When you think of Indonesia, you might picture its beautiful forests and tall mountains. But there’s something amazing hiding beneath the clear blue waters around the Gili Islands. These three small islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air – have a secret underwater world that divers from all over the world love to explore.
The Gili Islands in Indonesia are famous for the amazing underwater world and lots of turtles! Divers from all over the world come to experience the warm and clear idyllic waters as well as the diversity of marine life. Diving Gili Islands offers you more than 25 dive sites in a marine protected area. Indonesia is home of the 20% of the worlds coral reefs and many different underwater creatures.
There is so much out there to discover: small little funky looking creatures like ghost pipefish, mantis shrimp, pygmy seahorse, blue-ringed octopus, frogfish and a wide variety of nudibranches. Some big stuff that will blow your mind diving Gili islands are white and black tip sharks, blue spotted stingrays, schools of bumphead parrotfish and sometimes even manta ray or whale shark pop up to say hello. Not to mention the great number of turtles. Some even call it the turtle capital of the world!
The water temperature averages at 28 degrees and the visibility vary throughout the year but can be as clear as 30m+. The Gilis are protected by Lombok, but there are often strong currents, which means the majority of our dives are drift dives. If you haven’t been for drift dives before: we can assure you, it’s so much fun!
During your research assistant program you will join the research team of NGO Gili Matra Bersama on their research dives which include exciting techniques like remote underwater video (RUV), roving survey dives, photographic identification of sharks and turtles, Reef Check surveys, Coral Health Index surveys, Coral Watch surveys, photogrammetry, fish belt transects, invertebrate belt transects, coral restoration, and Dive Against Debris. Additionally, we conduct weekly beach cleanups that not only contribute to our mission but also uplift your soul.
In a nutshell, our program doesn’t just make you a great diver; it transforms you into an epic citizen scientist and eco-warrior! We’re open all year round, and you can kickstart your journey with us every Sunday. For more info, click here.
you will receive your next level of diving certification from our affiliated dive centre, Blue Marline Dive and the research team of NGO Gili Matra Bersama will train you to become a scientific diver. After your training you will join the rest of the research team doing