The Gilis offers several amazing dive sites suitable for all levels; whether a beginner, an experienced diver, an instructor or technical diver, you will have a great diving experience. The Gilis are said to have the best diving within the region, surpassing both Bali & Lombok.
Regardless of where you stay or the dive school you choose, you will have access all the dive sites around the Gilis. In fact, all the dive sites can be easily reached by any of the three islands and all diving schools offer dives to all locations. All dive sites around the Gilis are coral fringed and teeming with an impressive array of marine life, ranging from “guaranteed turtle sightings on every dive” to black & white tip reef sharks and the occasional whale shark, manta and even mola mola passing by. Divers with discerning eyes might also encounter stone fish, scorpion fish, leaf fish, frog fish as well as pygmy seahorses hidden amidst the reef. Each spot is unique and has its highlights worth exploring. Go deep and around and discover turtle city, stumble upon a Japanese wreck or be amazed by underwater technology with the Biorock artificial reefs.
Scuba Diving Courses on the Gili Islands
The Gili islands are also a great place to do your SSI or PADI Open Water Diver course or to take your dive training / education to the next level like Advanced or Rescue Diver. Also there are technical diving courses available which will allow you to dive to deeper depths. And for those who would like to live a life on a tropical beach and work in the scuba diving industry, Divemaster and Instructor courses are also available.
All dive shops on Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air teach SSI and / or PADI scuba diving courses. TDI courses are offered on Gili Trawangan only.
Scuba Schools International grew out of the passion of a few avid divers who were intent on making it possible for anyone to learn how to scuba dive.
Since more than 40 years SSI provides training, scuba diving certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, and dive centers and resorts around the world. Started in 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 30 Service Centers, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 2.600 International locations and has materials printed in more than 30 languages.
Professional Association of Diving Instructors is the world’s leading scuba diving training organization.
With more than forty years experience, over 136,000 PADI Professionals and more than 6200 dive shops and resorts worldwide, PADI training materials and services let you experience scuba diving from nearly anywhere.
Technical Diving International is the largest technical certification agency in the world.
As one of the first agencies to provide training in mixed gas diving and rebreathers, TDI is seen as an innovator of new diving techniques and programs which previously were not available to the general public. Training with TDI has provided divers with the opportunity to see such wrecks as the Andrea Doria, Lusitania and the Prince of Wales. TDI divers have explored underwater caves in Spain, Australia and Mexico and assisted as support divers on world record freedives done in the Red Sea.
Dive Sites around the Gili Islands
The Gili Islands offer a a wide range of dive sites suitable for beginners and advanced divers alike. From shallow coral gardens, wall dives and wreck dives to muck diving the Gili Islands have it all.
Gili Eco Trust
The Gili Eco Trust was set up to protect the coral reefs around the island against destructive fishing practices.
A mandatory one-time donation of Rp 30,000 is levied on your first dive and the funds are then dispersed accordingly to initiate patrols in the fishing areas in association with SATGAS, the implementation of fixed mooring buoys to reduce the need for dropping anchors, the installation of Biorock structures around Gili islands and the organization of Biorock workshops, to help spread the word about these initiatives to other coral reefs around the world as well as beach clean-ups, rubbish management and monitoring.
Find out more about the Gili Eco Trust here.