Ocean Etiquette

Your Magazine Guide to Gili Islands

The underwater scenery around the Gili Islands is quite beautiful… It is not perfect by any means, as destructive fishing techniques decades ago, left behind its mark. However, nature reclaims its place. Divers descend along white sandy bottoms and from there move towards the rich shallow coral reefs or further down to untouched ridges of beauty. Hard corals dominate the reef, but there are stretches of soft corals covering the ground like grass on the meadows.

The majority of areas have still untouched marine life and in-between, on the sand, stones and coral remain. Countless critters hide there, with larger fish and turtles grazing for food. It is not uncommon to encounter larger animals, such as reef sharks, bumphead parrotfish or a graceful eagle ray.

It is certainly never boring to dive here, no matter whether you prefer the muck or the open blue. The Gilis offer excellent diving for everyone.

Together the dive centres strive to maintain and heal the diving grounds. They join regularly to host various ecoprojects on and around the islands. There are organized beach and underwater clean-ups. Divers fix and create safe mooring lines for the many boats and install and oversee Biorock projects. It is a commendable team effort and all divers of any experience level, are invited to join.

Divers (and non-divers) can do their part even without specifically joining any of the eco-projects. Here are a couple of things to remember above and under the water.

Above the water
• Reuse and recycle plastics of all kind.
• Refuse plastic straws and ask for those made from natural materials.
• Refill your bottles in one of the many participating resorts, restaurants and dive centres.
• Wear only reef-friendly sunscreen. Rash vests are a preferable alternative.
• Throw trash in bins and keep cigarette butts in their ashtrays.

Below the water
• Maintain good buoyancy and keep well off the ground.
• Refrain from touching any animals, corals or the ground.
• Collect marine debris, unless its removal destroys other marine life.
• If it is too big or not safe to collect on the go, report it to your dive centre.
• Take all your memories, but leave nothing but bubbles in the ocean.