My favorite dive site around the Gili Islands
On survey dives, and especially during the team’s weekly fun dive, it is interesting to see what other marine life there is besides indicator species. Sunset, a dive site located off the coast of Gili Trawangan, has been one of my favorite dive sites so far because it was where I saw my first cuttlefish. Clown fish, lionfish, stingrays and eels can also be commonly viewed at Sunset. The Gili Islands also have spectacular coral foundations, which teem with groupers hidden in the crevasses and turtles resting in large sponges. Each dive site is familiar after you have dove it several times, but always offers something different to see because of the sheer diversity of life that can be seen here.
I would highly encourage anyone to make the trip to Lombok and join the Gili Shark Conservation project and the incredible work that they are doing for the sharks and overall marine life of the Gili Islands. You’ll get the chance to experience seeing and doing research to assist species that few get to see in their lifetime- and have a great time doing it, too!
Written by: Lucinda Barret