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Unlike the majority of the world, we are big shark lovers. And living in Indonesia, the center of the Coral Triangle, we should be seeing one of the most diverse collections of sharks found in the world on a daily basis. Yet we don’t. Indonesia is, unfortunately, the largest shark fishing nation in the world. The IUCN states that’s the 1000+ assessed species of cardiligenous fish (sharks, rays, skates,chimearas), 30% are threatened with extinction!

The Gili Shark Conservation Project is an award-winning conservation and data collection program and the first of its kind in the Gili Islands in Indonesia. We want to make a real difference on the three Gili Islands and its marine reserve. To have a real impact on our environment we need your help! We’re situated on the beautiful island Gili Air but we work around all of the Gili islands: Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan. The goal of our shark research project is not just to raise awareness for shark- and marine conservation but also to assist the local community and helping the Gilis to become a plastic-free paradise!


We are always looking for enthusiastic people who want to live in paradise and make a difference during their holiday or gapyear. Help the sharks and the community of Gili Air by giving your time and love. You don’t need to be a shark expert or a diver to join our project, however a passion and commitment to marine conservation is important. We appreciate all the unique skills that you can bring to our project and welcome people of every corner of the world.

During your stay with the Gili Shark Conservation Project you will learn how to dive / improve your dive skills, become a PADI Scientific Diver and a PADI Shark Conservation Specialist. We teach you everything you need to know about our research methods including; underwater roving video surveillance, roving survey dives, photographic identification, coral health index surveys, coral restoration, land & marine based time-lapse projects, how to analyze and input data and much more!