INTO THE BLUE – DIVING THE GILI ISLANDS INFORMATION
As one of Indonesia’s top areas for scuba diving and snorkelling, with a reputation for being the ‘turtle capital of the world’, with year round water temperatures about 28 degrees Celsius, the Gili islands have become popular for beginners and experienced divers alike. There are about 25 dive sites around the islands of Trawangan, Meno and Gili Air, with a variety of topography (slopes, walls, ridges and canyons) and an enormous amount of diverse marine life. This includes black – and white tip reef sharks, lots of turtles (hawksbill and olive ridley), lionfish, scorpion fish, cuttle fish and octopus, moray eels, sea snakes, different types of rays (blue – spotted, eagle and, from December to March, manta rays)not to mention schools of bump – head parrot fish every full moon and the occasional whale shark…plus countless varieties of hard and soft corals.
Haan’s Reef on Gili Air is fast becoming renowned for excellent “muck diving” where divers can see rare critters like frogfish, pink – leafed scorpion fish, flying gunard, mantis shrimp, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, robust ghost pipefish, blue ringed octopus, ringed pipefish, turtles, various coloured frogfish and Bio Rock projects.
Pictures courtesy of James White
THE GILI ECO TRUST
Concerns about conserving the Gili Island’s generally, including dive sites, rubbish collection and beach cleaning, reef conservation projects of which there are now 63 BioRock reef regeneration structures have led to the creation of the Gili Eco Trust. All dive centers operating in the Gili islands have a fixed price agreement and have agreed to charge a one – time Rp65,000 ‘reef tax’ to every diver, and there is a one time Rp35,000 per person “reef tax” for snorkellers. This money is then used to pay for plastic recycling, reef conservation. education and much more.
GILI ISLANDS DIVE SITES
Concerns about conserving the Gili Island’s dive sites and to stop price wars in order to keep standards high, regular maintenance of boats and equipment, ( decent salaries for instructors and dive guides ) have led to the creation of GIDA, this is the Gili Islands Divers Association.
All dive centers operating in the Gili islands have a fixed price agreement for everything (apart from equipment sales) and which ever Gili island you stay on, or dive course you take or dive site you dive is the same price. They have also agreed to collect the one time reef tax” charge to every diver and snorkeller for the Gili Eco Trust. This money is then used to pay for beach cleaning, recycling and reef conservation.
Most Dive Operators offer three guided recreational fun dives per day around the Gili Islands, morning, late morning and afternoon. Night dives are available upon request. We can also provide a camera or video professional to shoot you or your group diving – just ask us for details.
– If you don’t have dive equipment, don’t worry, all dive equipment is included for recreational fun dives
– All recreational fun dives are boat dives guided by qualified Divemasters
– Guests must provide proof of diving certification before diving with us
GILI ISLANDS DIVE SITES MAP
( For more info just click on the course name )
|Introductory Dive||IDR 900,000|
|Additional Introductory Dives||IDR 620,000|
|Scuba Diver||IDR 3,850,000|
|Open Water Course||IDR 5,500,000|
|The Advanced Course||IDR 4,500,000|
|First Aid Course||IDR 2,000,000|
|Rescue Diver Course||IDR 5,600,000|
|Rescue Course and Diving First Aid Course||IDR 7,200,000|
|Scuba Review / Refresher||IDR 900,000|
|Dive master||P.O A. +materials|
|Fun Dives||IDR 520,000|
|Night Dives||IDR 650,000|
|Adventure dives||IDR 900,000|
*DISCOUNTED PACKAGES WHEN BOOKING – 5 FUN DIVES, OPEN WATER, ADVANCED, AND RESCUE COURSES*
(Only when booking in advance online with transport or accommodation.)
PLEASE NOTE – prices above maybe subject to 10% tax.
All three Gili islands have been one of Indonesia’s premier dive attractions for many years with its crystal clear waters, beautiful coral reefs and abundant marine life. This also makes it the perfect place to learn to freedive with beautiful dive sites full of marine life and turtles directly off of the beach.