OUR DAILY LIFE
Are you curious how a day in our shark conservation team looks like? Get all the info here and see how you can make a difference! As a participant of Gili Shark Conservation, you spend 5 days a week from 8 AM till 4 PM with our research team. Our mornings are spent mostly exploring the magical underwater world and our afternoons are spent either in the office inputting and analyzing the data or in the field doing community work.
THE BEST WAY TO START THE DAYYour accommodation is located in a hidden paradise called Villa Nangka, complete with open-air kitchen, hot water showers, and a huge swimming pool! With 4 people to a room we talk and laugh in the mornings before heading down to the dive center for a delicious breakfast. Pancakes, eggs, fresh fruit, and a strong coffee is the best way to start your day on a tropical island.
LET’S GO DIVING
After breakfast, we set up our equipment and load it onto the Gili Shark Conservation boat. With slates and t-sticks ready we jump into the water for our first survey dive. Actively seeking out sharks, rays, turtles, and indicator species. Jacques Cousteau once said: “The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.” And we couldn’t agree more. There is no better feeling than to start the day with a dive; every time we jump into the ocean, it feels like going home.
Once we are back on the boat we transfer our data onto the sheets and get ready for our second dive. Our second dive is dedicated to dropping our baited underwater cameras and bringing our spare GoPro’s to take our photo ID pictures to track the population of sharks and turtles throughout the reserve. After washing and putting all of our equipment away and logging our dives we head back to Villa Nangka for lunch. We enjoy the local cuisine and fresh juice before we break into our teams to complete our tasks for the afternoon. Sometimes we are entering data, sometimes we are watching the video and counting sharks, and other times we spend time on personal projects. One thing for sure we are always busy!
Office time doesn’t mean that you will be sitting in an office all day. The ocean and the whole island is our office (lucky us!) so we could literally be anywhere. We are a very ambitious organization with big dreams. To make sure we reach our goals, every day has a theme so you and the other members of the research team know exactly what to focus on.