Shark Conservation in Indonesia

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Shark Conservation in Indonesia

from £750
Duration: from 1 week
Countries: Indonesia
Join our research team in paradise and work alongside experienced marine biologists while earning your PADI Dive certification all the way to Open Water SCUBA Instructor!

Shark Conservation in Indonesia

Gili Shark Conservation project is a small conservation and data collection program seeking hardworking and enthusiastic participants who want to learn and stay in paradise while making a difference on their holiday. It is the first of it's kind in the Gili Islands, and takes an active role in conservation issues in Indonesia's three Gili Islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air.

This dive intensive program is located on the quiet and relaxed island of Gili Air. As a member of the Gili Shark Warriors, you will be working alongside a team of international underwater researchers and learning about the fragile ecosystem and its many living organisms. It combines a nice balance between work and play while you enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this jewel in the Gillis.

During your first 2 weeks at the project you will receive a comprehensive dive and methodology training with PADI dive and Project AWARE specialty courses. You will work with experienced dive instructors and field scientists from around the world to further your diving and marine biology knowledge. All diving activities take place at our affiliated dive centre, Oceans5 Dive Resort. Only minutes from the project headquarters.

You will learn how to conduct survey dives and BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video) data collection. We also conduct island wide shark and ray abundance surveys, shark and turtle photo identification, beach and underwater clean ups, community work with the local schools, and community events to help the Gili Matra Marine Reserve and the environment of Gili Air.

The program fee includes accommodation, food, all diving and course related costs with the project, and transportation from Bali or Lombok to Gili Air. Our research assistants accommodation is shared living in a large luxurious villa with kitchen, pool, air conditioning, and hot water. Located in the heart of Gili Air you are only a few minutes bike ride to the main beach in the south and the dive shop in the northern side of the island. This little slice of paradise has been turned into a fully function research facility equipped with a computer lap and fast wifi connection.

For decades, Indonesia has been ranked as the number one shark fishing nation in the world. This overfishing has resulted in a greatly reduced number of sharks in the local waters.Make a real difference in conservation through research and data collection and through local awareness events to help save the sharks of Indonesia! You will be entering the project as one of the team members and your ideas and hard work are valued in its growth and success.

Trash clean up on the beautiful beaches in Gili Air


What to expect:
• Busy scheduled: Tuesday-Saturday 8am-5pm
• Small groups (4-8 people ages 18+ from all around the word)
• We work as a team and individually
• A thorough training period is allotted so our researchers can take part in all aspects of the data collection and analysis.
• This is a real hands on experience where you achieve multiple diving certifications and qualifications.

What We Do:
We have 4 major ongoing projects including:
1. Photographic Identification of sharks and turtles
2. Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV)
3. Roving survey dives
4. Community outreach and awareness events
For more details about our individual projects and the role our volunteer researchers play check out our website at

The Schedule:

Working days from Tuesday - Saturday from 7:30am - 5:30 PM with 1 hour lunch break

AM: X2 Data collection Dives
PM: Data Analysis, Community Events, Workshops

Available PADI Dive certifications with partner facility, Oceans5 Dive Resort (
• Open Water Diver
• Advanced Open Water Diver
• Diver Stress and Rescue
• React Right First Aid, CPR, O2 Provider
• Dive Master
• Shark Diver Specialty
• Scientific Diver Specialty
• Free Diver Level 1 & 2
• Deep Diver Specialty
• Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty
• IDC (Instructor Development Course)

Training takes 2 weeks and includes:
• Dive Training
• Methodology Training
• Intensive Fish Identification and Survey Diver Training
• Shark Conservation and Ecology Workshops
• Project Orientation
• Relevant workshops held by resident marine biologist and dive instructor

Villa Nangka - Accomodation
Villa Nangka is a unique boutique hotel located at the heart of Gili Air. This hidden getaway is named after the big beautiful Nangka tree (Jackfruit) in the center of the garden. As soon as you walk through the gate, you notice the spacious set up (2000 m2) and you will feel the tranquility. Villa Nangka has a fully equipped open kitchen that looks out to the 11-meter long swimming pool.

This is the project headquarters and research team’s accommodation. It’s your home away from home!!  The Gili Shark Conservation project has transformed the largest 2-bedroom villa into a conservation office and project headquarters. Data entry or studying for your dive courses while sitting by the pool is not a bad way to spend your afternoons.

The property is shared amongst the Gili Shark research team and tourists staying in the hotel so noise is kept to a minimum after 10pm. It comes with a staff of 3 local boys (The Nangka Boys) who play music and hang out at the project and are there to help with everything around the villa and provide 24-hour security. If you’re lucky they will make you some of their famous banana pancakes with local honey!

For more information about the accommodation check out their website at

Home sweet home! Our private accommodation and office headquarters

About Gili Air
Three small islands make of the Gilis off the northwestern corner of Lombok, one island away from Bali. It is a tourist destination with a fusion of local Indonesian culture and western comforts. A great mix of nightlife and relaxing beachside, it's a perfect destination for families or travellers who want to get off the beaten track. Gili Air is home to the largest local population on all three islands and is rich with Indonesian flare and delicious food! For more information about the Gili Islands and what to expect living here check out our website at

The Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

Program Fees and What's Included:
Program rates start at $999.00 USD a week and decrease the length of time you stay at the project. For more information
This fee includes:
• PADI SCUBA diver certifications all the way up to Rescue diver, plus your next certification every 5 weeks you stay
• 10+ dives per week
• Shared accommodation in an AMAZING villa! (Villa Nangka
• shared kitchen, a fan per bed, 4 beds per room, pool, project office, computer lab, fast internet throughout, hot water, and a beautiful garden with some awesome hang out spots and a musically talented live in local staff ;)
• Weekly Bahasa Indonesian language classes with a local teacher from Lombok
• Weekly Indonesian cooking classes
• Food: Breakfast at Villa Nangka plus weekly food allowance
• In country transportation from Lombok/Bali hotel or airport

It does not include:
• Indonesian VISA or VISA runs (if applicable)
• Flights to and from home country
• in country spending money (that means beer, although it's only $2.50 USD)
• travel or dive insurance

**We offer a 5% discount on program fees if you are using this project towards your university or college credit, ask us for more details**

Dive Master Internship:
Depending on the length of your stay you may be eligible to complete your Dive Master Internship! For more information please check our website at

If you think you would be a good fit for this project and want to try something new please don’t' hesitate to contact us with any questions at

Survey Diving

How to Apply:
You can begin your application process through our website at

After your initial application you will be contacted with a questionnaire which will be reviewed by our team. You acceptance will be confirmed within a week of submission. We have received hundreds of applications over the last few months so if your program dates are flexible let us know a few potential program start dates.

Good luck! And we hope to hear from you soon!

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Photo Gallery

Survey Diving
Green turtle at Secret Garden dive site
Manta Ray sighting at Sunset Reef
Thousands of schooling Jack fish at Jack Point
Home sweet home! Our private accommodation and office headquarters
The Gili Shark Warriors preparing the bait for the BRUV project
Take part in island wide conservation initiatives working alongside the local NGO, Gili Cares and Gili Eco Trust
Donate english ocean themed children's book with one of our initiatives to build a children library for the local village school in Gili Air.
Trash clean up on the beautiful beaches in Gili Air
With 8+ research dives a week you will spend most of your mornings under the surface
Up close and personal with multiple species of sea turtles for our Turtle and Shark Photo ID project
We host beach clean ups all around the island!
Meet some of the Gili Shark Girls
Family dinner at Villa Nangka
The Gili Shark Conservation headquarters, Villa Nangka
The Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia
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