Generally accepted to be the world’s best country for sea life, Indonesia has more marine diversity than anywhere on earth. Located right in the middle of the ‘Coral Triangle’ that extends from Australia to the Philippines and across to Borneo and into the South Pacific. This area holds an impressive 20% of the world’s coral reefs, holds 3,000 different species of fish and 600 coral species.
As one of Indonesia’s top areas for scuba diving and snorkelling, with a reputation for being the ‘turtle capital of the world’, and year round water temperatures around 29°c, the Gili islands have become popular for beginners and experienced divers alike. There are about 25 dive sites around the islands of Air, Meno and Trawangan, 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 (green and hawksbill), lionfish, scorpion fish, cuttlefish and octopus, moray eels, sea snakes, different types of rays (bluespotted, kuhls, eagle and even manta!) crazy critters like peacock mantis shrimp, pygmee seahorse, pipefish, indian walkman as well as frogfish.
Not to mention schools of bumphead parrot fish and the occasional whale shark, plus countless varieties of hard and soft corals. At Gili Divers on Air, we dive 365 days a year and offer multiple dives per day.None of our dive sites lay more than 20 minutes away by our boat that we launch from the stretch of beach directly in front of our dive shop, avoiding long walks to and from the boat in the hot sun. Read more under Dive Sites, pick your favourites and make your booking at; [email protected]
At the north of Gili Air we find Han´s Reef where the perfect white sandy beach gently meet the reef. You will travel over the sandy bottom and various sized coral bommies. This offers a perfect variation seeing how different marine life prefer different habitats, over the sandy areas we often find stingrays, garden eels aswell as cow fish and helmut gurnards.
On the different sized pinnacles you can find everything from turtles and scorpion fish to cuttle fish and the elusive blue ringed octopus! The maximum depth is 24m with an average depth of 14m. This dive site is suitable for all certification levels and a must for macro lovers!
This beautiful dive site is located on the north part of Gili Meno. It’s an under water pinnacle with lots of colourful corals and LOTS of turtles! This dive site is appropriate for all level divers. The pinnacle is often covered in shoals of fish like Sergeant Majors and Fusillers.
The site hosts a resident giant moray eel and octopus, scorpion fish and lion fish are often seen here, you can also find a lot of macro here such as nudibranch, ghostpipefish and different types of crabs.
Deep Turbo, is for the more experienced diver. It´s a white sandy bottom between large sea mounds and coral canyons. It is located in the channel between GIli Trawangan and Gili Meno. The Maximum depth is 32m with an average depth of 25m.
This site´s has got amazing landscape and an interesting collection of overhangs and outcrops covered in a variety of hard and soft corals including gigantic sea fans. Barracuda, tuna, triggerfish, snapper and stingrays can all be expected to show up during the dive. Whitetip and blacktip reef sharks are also frequent visitors here.
On to the west side of Gili Air we find Air Wall, a dive site that has something for everyone with its diverse topography.
We start our descent by a gentle sandy slope infused with colorful coral boomies. By these the turtles like to have a rest from the current together with cuttlefish, Nemo and if you take a look in the sand even some stingrays together with the shy garden eels.
As the slope evens out at around 18 metes we come across a series of ridges, cover in purple soft corals and as we turn around the corner of the island the bottom will gradually get steeper and rockier until it has formed into the majestic wall the site is named after.
This section is covered by an array of fan- and firecoral and if you have a closer look you find small critters in the rock formations. Dont forget to look out for the curious batfish that might be buddying up with you throughout the dive!
The Bounty Wreck is located on the west coast of Gili Meno. It is an old sunken platform that used to be base of boat traffic coming to Bali but it sunk in a storm a long time ago.
The structure reminds you of a big box and as like other shipwrecks, this is the perfect shelter for a lot of marine life such as Drummers, Sweetlips, Batfish and much more. This site is not just the wreck, there is also a sloping reef and some hidden pinnacles full of life.
Bio Rocks are a project to help the re-growth of damaged reefs. They are man-made metallic structures which have healthy living corals attached to them and a small electric current put through them to speed up the procedure of making a new healthy reef.
There are more then 70 Bio Rocks around the Gili islands (this is the largest Bio Rock conservation effort in the world). The shape of the Bio Rocks and their location provides great shelter for a lot of fish and is a great attraction for macro life. We love doing night dives at this dive site, we look for spanish dancers, flatworms, nudibranch, crabs, shrimps, surgeonfish and feather stars.
Located to the North of the 3 Gili islands, this site lay independent from the reefs closer to the Gili’s. Simon’s Reef is an excellent coral viewing site for experienced divers. The reef is made up of canyons and massive coral mounds roughly in a figure-of-eight shape rising from a sandy bottom at a depth of 35m. The average depth for this dive site is around 25m.
The canyons are all well formed and abundant in superb coral varieties, such as brain corals, gorgonian fans, table coral and more. The channels in between funnel the currents, concentrating large numbers of bigger reef and schooling fish species such as snappers, trevalley and tuna. It is also common to spot parrotfish, angelfish, triggerfish, sweetlips and whitetip and blacktip reef sharks.
On the harbour-side of Gili Air we find The Gathering. This is where we go to visit crocodile fish, frog fish harlequin sweet lips, batfish, cuttlefish, octopus, and a lot more.
The closer you look you will start to notice the big variety of macro life that this site has to offer, like nudibranches, porcelain crabs and its variation of shrimps.
We also find sunken statues of Buddhas and small fishing boats that have been placed here to increase coral growth.
This site and its surroundings is a very peaceful and relaxing dive spot, and due to its geographical location it rarely has any current present
This dive site is for more experienced diver who appreciates the small and unusual things. In black sand, bad visibility and a lot of rubbish you will find incredible creatures much the same as you would find in the Lembah Strait, Sulawesi.
Not many of the dive centres visit this dive site because it is located a bit further away than the Gili Island sites. Keep an eye out for hairy frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, seahorses, ghost pipefish and much more. An excellent dive for photographers.
This is one of the Gilis most popular dive sites and starts on a sloping reef, with a series of ridges and valleys running parallel to the shore, leading into the deeper water. It offers a large diversity and abundance in marine life.
Down here we can find white tip and black tip reef sharks, barracuda, tuna, trevally and blue-spotted rays.Turtles are often found in the shallower parts (Known as Turtle City) among the soft corals along with angelfish, snapper, groupers, bat fish, parrot fish, trigger fish, puffers, moray eels and more.
At Halik, located on the north point of Gili Trawangan, we start our dive at a shallow, sandy platform before we drop over the side of the reef wall that we then follow during the dive. It´s a colourful dive site appropriate for all level divers, it has something for everyone!
In the shallows you can look for lionfish, scorpionfish, mantis shrimp, fusiliers, bannerfish, moray eels, coral grouper, bumphead parrotfish and turtles. In the deeper part of Halik you will find a series of deep water ridges with beautiful sponge and soft corals, many types of grouper, batfish, and possibly whitetip and blacktip reef sharks.
The shallow end of Turbo has got a white sandy bottom dotted with large coral heads with an average depth of 16m. Dives here can take their time and relax because the bottom rarely dips below 18m. Around the coral heads you will find large amounts of small invertebrate marine life.
You will pass through varied terrain, including small channels with stingrays and fields of Garden Eels. The sponge life is diverse and quite colourful throughout this site and you will commonly find Star Pufferfish, schools of Batfish, Triggerfish, Trevally and turtles along with a variety of interesting nudibranch species on this dive site.
Located on the west side of Gili Trawangan, is a gentle slope starting at about 5m and running down to about 25m. A large portion of the reef is marked by giant steps of table coral, which shelters small fish.
Bommies with hard and soft coral can be found with cleaning stations containing sweetlips, groupers and snappers. On the deeper sandy bottom you can spot Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks and stingrays. During the rainy season, when the water is rich in plankton, staring out in the blue you could have the chance to see passing eagle rays or even manta rays.
Here you you follow the shore of Gili Meno as you dive, along the sloped reef and vertical wall you find an array of hard and soft corals with healthy amounts of fish life to keep you entertained. It is common to spot, turtles, snapper, triggerfish, moray eels, pufferfish, cuttlefish and octopus on this dive. Also another great spot for a night dives due to its rich macro life.
Good Heart Reef
Good Heart Reef begins in the shallow part of Deep Turbo and runs parallel along Gili Trawangan’s east coast sloping from the shore into deeper water. Coral bommies and outcropings protrude from sandy areas, thriving with juvenile and smaller species of fish, like damsels- and soldierfish, seeking shelter in the shallow waters.
At Secret Reef the corals are as colourful as in Finding Nemo. You will find a lot of cool marine life such as Trevally. large Snappers, Spanish mackerel and Barracuda. Secret Reef is suitable for all levels of divers and a must for the deep diving lover. It’s like thick slices of reef stretching deeper and deeper the closer to Lombok you get.
With a maximum depth of 40m and an average dive depth of 25m, Takat Malang is made up of a collection of large coral heads (Takats) arranged in a sloping bed, beginning with a plateau at 15m. There are about 10 major Takats, as if someone has been at work on the reef with a giant carving chisel. Each Takat is sculpted with overhangs, outcrops and swim-throughs. This dive site will provide you with the same excellent diversity in corals as those found on Simon’s Reef.
The Takats are covered in soft and hard coral varieties growing on top of the stony outcrops, including some very big Gorgonian Sea Fans and table corals. The channels between the Takats are interesting, with a large concentration of the bigger reef fish and fascinating topography. The marine life is quite similar to that found on Simon’s Reef.
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- Fran Cairns
Completed my open water dive course at Gili Divers on Gili Trawangan with Nic... great course with a mix of theory & practical - professional and friendly and felt at ease to become a confident beginner diver! Thank you!
Un grand merci à toute l'equipe et une spéciale dédicace à Marion qui a été géniale avec nous, pour un bapteme et un refresh, nous nous sommes sentis très à l'aise grace à toi, même si nous sommes passé à côté du requin baleine sans l'apercevoir 😋😉nous avons fait une plongée exceptionnelle !!! MERCI 🙏
We did our dive master training in Gili Divers on Air and couldn't be happier. We assisted courses, had theory lessons, pool sessions and lots and lots of great dives. Annie and Greg run the shop with great care and joy, and it was always a pleasure just hanging out in the shop (especially with the cats and later also kittens!!). It didn't feel like going to work but more like being with family, an amazing and wierd diving family! The team has great knowledge about everything from diving equipment and different fish behaviour to how to guide the dive sites according to your level. We also really appreciate their respect for the marine life and the way they pass their knowledge on to others. One of the best things, apart from everything we learned and all the dives we did, is the laughs we shared. We had so many inside jokes that it's actually hard to now function around other people. Reading this, it's easy to understand why this was our third time back, and why we are already planning to return.
- Laetitia Convert
Amazing experience for our first dive thanks to Greg and his professionalism!
A great experience!! First dive of my life and it was amazing! Thanks to the friendly and experienced staff who takes perfectly care of you. Turtle Heaven in Gili is really a great spot to dive.
Over all great experience !
- Ted Timman
Great team and super fun atmosphere. Best diving I've seen on our trip. Cool boats, great sealife, nice wreck Also great at gopro retrievals :). Mine broke just before I got back on the boat. My instructor Ibai went straight down and got it back. definitely recommend.
Chill dive club to learn diving with friendly bunch of pros
4/02/2019Srijit Jon Chatterjee
Awesome place to learn diving from expert divers from around the globe... works hard plays hard!!!
- Andy Travis
Great team and family atmosphere in the shop. Very professional outfit with clear briefings, knowledgeable staff and a cool vibe. For new and I experienced divers these guys can cover all aspects for you
Absolut zu empfehlen!!! Tolles und sehr freundliches Team! Habe sämtliche Open-Water Fundives gebucht, da die Unterwasserwelt dort so wunderschön ist. Unser DM Phil ist auf alle Wünsche und Interessen eingegangen und hat uns zusammen mit Kerstin die schönsten Divespots gezeigt. Jede Frage rund ums tauchen wurde immer gerne und ausführlich beantwortet. Vielen Dank an ALLE von Gili Divers für die unvergessliche Zeit!!!!
If you want an amazing and comfortable dive experience.... you need to drop into Gili Divers on Air and say hi to Greg, Annie, Amanda and Eria!!!!
- Akim Adhari
Awesome dive center. The stuff is super professional. Highly recommending it.
Wir sind absolut begeistert! Super nettes Team das alle Sprachen spricht und auch schwäbisch versteht 🙂 Für Wünsche und Fragen hat immer jemand ein offenes Ohr und man fühlt sich direkt aufgenommen und wohl. Vor allem was uns wichtig war, dass es keine Massenveranstaltungen sind sondern in kleinen überschaubaren Gruppen abläuft. Mit Phil unseren Guide aus Österreich sind wir seit dem ersten Tauchgang unterwegs und es macht immer wieder Spaß gemeinsam raus zu fahren und abzutauchen. Eine große Besonderheit ist auch das nach Interessen gefragt wird und die jeweiligen Tauchspots dementsprechend ausgewählt werden, wie zb. heute Turtle Heaven 🙂
It was an amazing Adventure and an unforgettable day. Thanks to Annie, Greg and all the staff for making feel us very comfortable during our first dive. See you again.
- Thomas Elbæk
Godt dykker center med styr på tingene
Had the best diving experience thanks to Gili Divers on Air. I felt very safe and relaxed through all the dives and thoroughly enjoyed my time! Thank you so much Annie, Amanda and Eria! 🐢
Super Service und tolles Team
- Jane Svedel Behlin
Trevliga dykinstruktörer bra dykning
love every minute we had ben and Jill. They where so relaxed and such good instructors. Thankyou
Incredible first dive with GiliT. I felt completely safe . Andy was our instructor. He was precise, professional and compassionate. Also stayed with them. Accommodation was fantastic value. We will be back. 5 stars
- Mareike Schulz
Eigentlich wollte ich nur einen Test Dive machen und es hat mir so gut gefallen, dass ich ich mich entschlossen habe, doch meine Tauchlizens ( Open Water) zu machen :). Ich war zuvor noch nie tauchen und alle, die es vorhaben oder darüber nachdenken, denen kann ich es nur empfehlen. Es ist ein atemberaubendes Erlebnis! Annie ist eine super Tauchlehrerin, sie hat alles mit Ruhe, Gelassenheit Einfühlungsvermögen und Humor erklärt. Ich hab mich immer gut aufgehoben gefühlt und ihren Fähigkeiten beim tauchen vertraut. Sie liebt das tauchen und genau das lebt sie auch und gibt es an ihre Tauchschüler weiter, was mich sehr beeindruckt hat. Eine super tolle Erfahrung, würde ich jederzeit wieder in dieser Tauchschule machen. Tausend Dank für diese unvergessliche Erfahrung und alles Gute für euch💗! LG, Mareike
Not too big, easy, relaxed, nice staff, good quality, excellent location
Did my first dive today! I feld super safe en enjoyed the dive. The instructor was cool and very comforting. The group was only me and my friend, so that was nice aswell. Saw beautiful animals. Going for a second dive tomorrow!
- Sarah Rémo
I am coming back for the third time 😉 i always have a great experience // this time i have chosen Photography specialty course with Mekan and it was perfect : theory and training underwater what can i say ...i had so much fun and it was cery interesting course !! I have so many wonderful photo and memories. thanks again Mekan
Vi hade Anna dom instruktör, Otroligt duktig på att lära ut och kändes väldigt tryggt alla stegen från genomgång i poolen till att faktiskt dyka på riktigt ute i havet! Rekommenderar verkligen att åka hit och ta sitt certifikat! 😀
Tog certifikat och gick även ner på 30 meter med Anna. Var lugnt och metodiskt så var inga problem att fixa de. Rekommenderas starkt.
- Lera Mulina
In this diving center you immediately start feeling like at home. The spirit is just awesome! and the dive masters are very good in explaining of all aspects of diving. i did my second dive today after a long break. it is a talent to give the necessary info in a simple, transparent form. and the instructors of Gili Divers really have this talent 👍
9/30/2018Jane Svedel Behlin
Bara bra trevlig personal man känner sig välkommen wonderfully
Super friendly people, and they're great instructors! I did my first dive in over 5 years with Gili Divers on Air, and it felt so comfortable. The dive was absolutely beautiful! 10/10!