Diving in the Gilis
The feeling of complete freedom and serenity when you’re below water is paradise for me, and now I just can’t get enough of it. That is why I knew that the Gilis were a must for my recent visit to Indonesia. I’d heard of the tiny island of Gili Trawangan from a buddy who had lived there for 6 weeks, working as a dive master. She had firsthand experience of the brilliant diving in this region and I just needed to talk to her for five minutes before I was convinced.
As I was going with my sister and another friend, the two of whom hadn’t dived before, she advocated that we went to Big Bubble Dive as the classes are small, and the instructors are friendly. The Gilis are the perfect place to learn how to dive. The atmosphere is pleasant and comfy, with a great deal of divers of various degrees of experience. You are also sure to observe a massive variety of fish on each dive, and lots of the dive sites are shallow enough for training dives.
You will find 16 dive sites situated across the three Gili Islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. You may reach all of the websites by Jukung boats and the traveling period is no more than about 25 minutes. This usually means that you don’t have to spend half of your time traveling to reach the dive site! This is a huge plus point for me since I tend to find a bit sea sick, especially after a dive, due to the salt water invasion of my nose.
I have done a total of 8 dives, and each one was totally fantastic. I saw loads of amazing items including cuttlefish, octopus, black tip reef sharks, boxfish (my personal favorite), pufferfish and turtles, to name but a few.
In my last dive, I had been due to buddy up with my recently qualified sister. But, among those Dive Masters suggested that I go with a different group to perform a more experienced drift dive since it had been, in his view, the best dive site in the region. This was the most spectacular dive I have ever done. I was fortunate enough to spot a beautiful, two metre extended bumphead parrot fish. This fish was unbelievably incredible to observe, polished deep green in crystal clear waters. This dive was truly the highlight of my whole trip.