DIVING AROUND THE GILI ISLANDS
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!
If you’ll participate as a shark warrior for our research team, you will receive your next level of diving certification from our affiliated dive centre, Oceans5 Dive Resort. They give you the possibility to prepare theory from home via PADI eLearning. You can do all your theory for the dive course online, before your arrival in Indonesia, so you don’t need to spend any time in the classroom. You can dive straight into the practical part of your course.
After your training you will join the rest of the research team doing survey dives, BRUV drops, photographic identification on sharks and turtles, coral restoration and data analysis. Read here the blog of Shark Warrior Lucinda about why she absolutely loved diving around the Gili Islands.