September, 13, 2012 - 06:15AM

Diving in the Gili islands

As one of Indonesia’s top areas for scuba diving and snorkeling, 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 colored frogfish and Bio Rock projects.



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 snorkeler for the Gili Eco Trust. This money is then used to pay for beach cleaning, recycling and reef conservation.

Gili Paradise has a number of padi Dive packages avaliable. From introductory dives all the way to up to Dive master. for more info and to book your dive holiday email us today :


* FREE FUN DIVE worth IDR 370.000 with any DIVE COURSE OR a 5 FUN DIVE package for the PRICE OF 6. Only when booking when booking directly through GILI PARADISE and PARADISE ISLANDS TRAVEL.