Diving from the Gilis
Ever since I did my PADI Open Water at Ko Tao back in 2005, I have been obsessed with diving. The feeling of total freedom and calmness when you're below water is paradise for me, and I simply can not get enough of it. padi idc komodo That's why I understood that the Gilis were crucial for my latest visit to Indonesia. I had heard of the tiny island of Gili Trawangan from a friend who'd lived there for 6 months, working as a dive master. She had firsthand experience of the brilliant diving in this area and I just needed to speak 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 since the classes are small, and the teachers are friendly. The Gilis are the ideal place to learn to dive. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed, with a great deal of divers of different degrees of experience. You are also sure to observe a huge variety of fish on every dive, and lots of the dive sites are shallow enough for training dives.
You will find 16 dive sites located around the three Gili Islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. You can reach all of the sites by Jukung ships and the traveling period is no more than about 25 minutes. This usually means that you don't need to spend half of your time travelling to reach the dive site! This is a huge plus point for me since I tend to get a little sea sick, especially after a dive, as a result of salt water invasion of my nose.
I have done a total of 8 dives, and every one was absolutely fantastic. I saw plenty of beautiful things including cuttlefish, octopus, black tip reef sharks, boxfish (my personal favourite), pufferfish and turtles, to mention but a few.
On my last dive, I had been due to friend with my recently qualified sister. But, among those Dive Masters suggested that I go with another group to perform a more experienced drift dive as it had been, in his view, the best dive site in the area. Thank God I did! This is the most spectacular dive I have ever done. padi idc komodo I was fortunate enough to spot a gorgeous, 2 metre extended bumphead parrot fish. This fish was unbelievably incredible to watch, polished deep green in crystal clear waters. This dive was truly the highlight of my entire trip.