scuba diving with turtle gili islands

Scuba Diving in Turtle Heaven

The Gilis are regarded as one of the top turtle-spotting destinations in the world. The waters are calm, warm, and offer visibility up to 30m. The tame conditions are also ideal for children who have completed their PADI open water certificate!

Scuba Diving in the Gili Islands is increasingly becoming popular due to the gorgeous marine life the islands offer, particularly the beautiful bale of sea turtles under Gili Air waters.


scuba diving with turtle gili islands

The shallow shores offer as much diverse natural beauty as the deep blue sea, making it possible for you to snorkel among butterfly fish and Moorish idols. But if you want to get a solid turtle sighting, scuba diving is the way to go. Gili Air has around 14 scuba outlets and all operate on a fixed price system, respecting the arrangement with local NGO Gili Eco Trust. With price not a factor to consider, the choice of dive school can be more of a personal preference.

You may be one of the lucky few to spot more than one turtles on your first dive – it will undoubtedly get you hooked to the experience! One useful tip upon a turtle encounter is to refrain from swimming off to get a closer look, you don’t want to catch them off guard and shoo them away.

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While there are about more than a dozen buzzing dive sites within a boat ride from Gili Air, Turtle Heaven is among many travelers favorites, where you can spot the green sea and hawksbill varieties for which the region is known for. It is no wonder the turtles in Pixar’s Finding Nemo are portrayed as extremely laid-back. The Gili residents go about their business without a care in the world, peacefully chomping on coral or resting amid the reef – seemingly oblivious to the human excitement surrounding them.

While your dive instructor will surely assist you in finding the best turtle sighting spot, here are a few tips to find the turtles of Gili Air

  • Head to the North-East. Swim past the sea grass over the rocky mounds before the deep water, and keep your eyes peeled.
  • Scour the sponges. Hawksbill turtles feed on sponges, so it’s likely you’ll spot some turtles munching on breakfast.
  • See where the boats are. It’s worth following the crowd as to where the best sites are.
  • Be patient. It can be quite tricky spotting the turtles, as they can blend in with the coral and sponges.

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