Not far from Bali you can find Gili’s islands. These 3 tiny islands are part of the island of Lombok in Indonesia, but it takes approximately 2,5 hours by boat to go from Bali.
Indeed, the land surface of these 3 islands named Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno is very small but if you put your tuba and have a look under the blue transparent water, you will see an infinite underwater paradise.
You have the choice between a lot of water activities like surfing, wakeboard, water skiing, stand up paddle, sub wing, snorkeling, and of course, scuba diving.
When we arrived in Gili Trawangan, our eyes were attracted by a scuba diving school with instructors coming from all over the world. They speak all of the most spoken languages and is open to everyone, from beginners to most experienced divers. We chose to do a 45 minutes dive and that is where our dream came true.
The minute we jumped in the water we were amazed by the diversity of the deep. At first, we saw small fish eating colorful coral. We even saw nemo (yeah, the real one… At least that is what they told us). Then we saw a 2 meters long moray, a little bit scary however but luckily, we were not the kind of food she was looking for! A little bit later we saw a sea turtle, she was lying on a rock and we were incredibly lucky to get very close to it and even get a pic with the beauty! Last but not least, the instructor looked at us and just put his straight hand on top of his head… Wait a minute… That’s the sign for sharks… WAIT SHARKS??? We are starting to be in tachycardia looking after the shark when I see this baby shark (still 1,5 meters long) trying to catch his dinner. Luckily, the species of shark you see on Gili’s island eat fish and have a lot of food because of the extraordinarily rich underwater life so it’s not dangerous. Well, since the baby was there, we were afraid that mama shark was not that far, so we decided to go up in the boat.
We did a small decompression stop and took some pics (we recommend it especially if it’s your first-time scuba diving there because you will have lifetime memories!) and then we joined the boat.
The experience was incredible, we tried scuba diving in other parts of the world, but it was very pale compared to Gili’s which is fantastic and is a must for underwater lovers. So, if you are visiting Indonesia or enjoying Bali, do not forget to include this small paradise and to keep memories for life!