Some Gili Islands in Indonesia are more and more known and for good reason, these 3 small islands are just heavenly and become essential when you come to Bali ! People come here to have fun, relax and plunge ! Depending on your tastes you will choose your island, Gili Trawangan (the party animal), Gili Air (the laid back) or Gili Meno (the calm). The Gilis (or Gili islands) are perfect for making diving course, like a baptism, a open water or even make her divemaster ! The diving prices in the Gili Islands remains cheap and the many diving clubs are granted to have the same rates! For the more experienced, however, apart from seeing sea turtles with each dive, there are Site (s much better in Indonesia !

Background: The Gili Islands are probably the place I know best in the world of diving, I did all my levels !! My open water and my advanced on Gili T in 2011, my rescue and my divemaster on Gili Air in 2014 and I worked as an instructor for 1 year on Gili Air (2017-2018).

ARTICLE GUIDELINES
# Overview 
# Presentation 
# Gili Trawangan # Gili Air # Gili Meno 
# Diving with 
# snorkeling 
# Dive sites 
# Seasons and conditions 
# Diving clubs 
# Dive prices 
# Diving course 
# Accommodation 
# How to get there 
# My diving review

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DIVING GILI ISLANDS INFO

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  • Choose your island : Gili T (party), Gili Air (relaxed), Gili Meno (calm).
  • Best diving season Gili Islands : April to November.
  • Best dive sites Gili Islands : Simon's reef, Deep turbo, Turtle heaven, Shark point.
  • One of the best places to see turtles in Indonesia.
  • Common Marine Life : classic Indonesian fish (angel, parrot, batfish, clown, etc.).
  • Possible Species : black and white tip shark, eagle ray, humpback parrots, wrasse, mobula ray, frogfish.
  • Visibility : good, on average 20 m.
  • Very good place for snorkeling
  • French diving clubs : there are everywhere!
  • Access : very easy from Bali or Lombok.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurRecommendations by category of divers:

> New diver : perfect for discover scuba diving or open water certification.
> Confirmed : not recommended, prefer Bali (Nusa Lembongan and Penida, Amed).
> Experienced : nothing special (prefer Raja Ampat or Komodo).
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PRESENTATION OF THE GILIS ISLANDS

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Where are the Gili Islands?

  • The Gilli Islands are very close to Bali, 2h speedboat to the east.
  • On the other hand, many people think that they are part of Bali (like Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida), but not at all, they are part of Lombok !
  • So they are a lot more accessible from Lombok (10-20 min).

3 islands, 3 atmospheres

The first thing to know is that even though they are very small and very close to each other (5 to 10 min boat), they are really all different !

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GILI TRAWANGAN or Gili "T": the party island!

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Gili T is the bigger, the one that developed first and probably the best known. It is in any case the one where there is the most animation and the one where we do the most the party! In recent years this island has transformed itself and is become the “Kuta” of the Gili Islands!

  • Middle age group: 18 - 25 years old.
  • We come here mainly to party !
  • Many bars which remain open until the end of the night.
  • It has the largest number of restaurants, lodgings and bars.
  • More than a dozen distributors.

It's the one I did when I was 28 and wanted to party!

GILI AIR: the relaxed island

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Gili air is at the most casual, an ambiance very relaxed and friendly, rather like sitting on the beach watching the sunset while listening to a live band! There is of the world but not too much. You want to go out and party, you go out, you want to stay quiet, you stay put! It is my favorite !!

  • Average age range: 25 - 40 years old.
  • We come here mainly to relax.
  • 3 to 5 evenings a week in different bars, a lot of live music bands ...
  • There are all styles of restaurants and accommodations.
  • distributors

This is the one I chose to do my 4-month divemaster and work as an instructor for 1 year between 33 and 36 years.

The beaches on Gili Air:

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The interior of Gili Air:

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Gili Air sunsets

If there is one thing that I like in the Gili Islands, it's the sunsets!

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The view of Rinjani

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GILI MENO: the calm island

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It is by far the calmestif you want to be quiet it's perfect because there is not much to do on Meno... the kind of paradise island where nobody will piss you off!

  • Average age range: 30 - 60 years old.
  • We come here primarily to rest and / or be quiet as a couple (it is called "the honey moon island"In English, the island of honeymoons).
  • No bar, no music, no entertainment at night.
  • She owns in my opinion the most beautiful beaches and rather deserted!
  • No distributors.

This is the one I will go when I want to be calm and that nobody disturbs me!

Good to know on the Gili Islands

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  • There are no noise in Gilis ! No cars, no motorcycles, no horns... that carriages pulled by horses !!
  • They are part of Lombok, so Muslim Islands (unlike Bali, which is predominantly Hindu).
  • All is more expensive than on the continentbut that is reasonable.
  • There are distributors on Gili Air and Gili T.
  • We can pay by credit cardbut the banks take 3% of commissions.
  • There is electricity all day.

Little tip: avoid Ramadan

If possible, I advise you to avoid the Ramadan period (which is different every year, but often during the dry season from May to October) because everything everything is slowed down :

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  • The bars have more right to pass music after a certain hour (10-11am), they close earlier, more evening, more live music…
  • The centers work with more tired local staffs and sometimes "notch" and often make fewer departures per day.
  • Some mosques (several to Gili T) sing all day but also at night !
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DIVING IN THE GILI ISLANDS NOTICE

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How is diving?

  • It's a Outlook question !
  • It all depends on your diving level: beginner, new diver or experienced.

Discover diving in the Gili Islands: just perfect!

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  • Gili Islands are perfect to start diving !
  • Some conditions are very good to put in trust even the most fearful: hot water, good visibility, little wave, little current, launching and simple dive trips, sites very close to each other ...
  • And there is turtles at all sites !!
  • I will advise everyone I know to do their baptism or open water (level 1) in the Gili Islands !

New divers: you will be delighted!

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  • If you have few dives or have only dived in France, the Gili Islands are perfect.
  • A hot and translucent water, turtles everywhere and maybe the chance to see reef sharks!
  • Tropical species: snapper, clown fish, moorish idol, angel fish, butterfly fish, moray eel, octopus, cuttlefish, stingray, trunk fish ...
  • 2 wrecks: one at 18m (Bounty wreck) and one at 30m (Glenn nusa wreck).

Experienced / experienced divers

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I can really put myself in the shoes of all of you !!!

  • I did my open water and my advanced on Gili T in 2011 : the discovery of diving, beautiful colors, translucent water and turtles everywhere ... I loved it !!
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI did my rescue and my divemaster on Gili Air in 2014 : varied sites, with lots of different fish to recognize, some sites with current, a little macro if we look good, sometimes sharks and a great atmosphere on Gili Air, I also loved!
  • I worked during 1 year as instructor in 2017-2018 : after diving in beautiful places for my personal pleasure for 3 years (Raja Ampat, Komodo, Sipadan, Cozumel, the Ring of fire...), diving in the Gili Islands seemed to me bland ... dead coral everywhere, no big, not enough macro ... Question perspective!

Turtles from the Gili Islands!

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  • The main attraction of the Gili Islands it's the impressive number of turtles present in its waters!
  • We see all the sites!!
  • I have dived in many places and I must say that I have never seen as many turtles as Gili Islands !!
  • There are 2 species: green and nested turtles.

We see it potentially on all the sites but the best site to dive with turtles in the Gili Islands : Turtle heaven, Hans's reef, Shark point (especially in the shallow part around 5/10 m).

The 10 essential info to know about TURTLES here.

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Coral health in the Gili Islands

  • What immediately strikes the confirmed diver to the Gili Islands is the dead coral... The main cause comes from fishing "dynamite" ...
  • Even if they do not fish that way anymore, the damage is done… There is still some sites with intact coralbut it has nothing to do with other places in Indonesia (Raja Ampat, Komodo, Alor…).

The best sites for coral in the Gili Islands : Simon's reef, Deep turbo, Halik, Myrko's reef.

Pelagic species in the Gili Islands

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  • We find all the classic fish from the tropical zone : angel fish, clown fish, sergeant major, butterfly fish, damselfish, chestfish, batfish, fusilier, snapper, moray eel, octopus, dry, trevally ...
  • Large pelagics become rarer, in 1 year I crossed 2 times an eagle ray, 2 times a napoleon, 3 times humpback parrots ...
  • If you want to hope to see "big" (napoleon, humpback parrot, eagle ray ...), you will have to go to the deeper sites and therefore less crowded.

The best sites to see big in the Gili Islands : Simon's reef, Deep turbo, Deep Halik.

Sharks in the Gili Islands

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  • So, this is not the best place in Indonesia to see sharks, but there is anyway!
  • The Gili Islands are actually a shark nursery, so we often find baby sharks, there are even places where they are there all the time!
  • We mostly see white tip sharks, but you also have some black tip sharks.

The best sites to dive with sharks in the Gili Islands : Shark point, Manta point, Halik, Deep turbo, Simon's reef.

Macro diving in Gili Islands

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  • Despite the dead coral, the Gili Islands have good macro! On most sites you can find scorpion fish and nudibranchs.
  • On some sites and / or searching well you can find: frogfish (frog fish), ghost pipefish (ghost fish), sea horse, pipefish (fish pipes) ...

The best macro site in the Gili Islands : Han's reef, Meno wall, Air harbor (night dive).

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SNORKELING IN THE GILI ISLANDS NOTICE

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  • Many people only come for snorkeling in the Gili Islands !
  • Like diving, you're almost guaranteed to see turtles snorkeling in Gili Islands.
  • It is also one of the big advantages of Gilis, satisfy everyoneyou can be a couple where only one of the two likes diving, and the other one can snorkel during this time (which is not the case in all destinations).
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BEST DIVING SITES IN THE GILI ISLANDS

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Best diving spots in Gili Islands

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  • Confirmed diver (big and coral): Simon's reef, Deep turbo, Deep halik.
  • New diver : Turtle heaven, Han's reef, Shark point, Halik.
  • Turtle : Turtle heaven, Han's reef, Shark point.
  • Sharks Shark point, Halik, Manta point, Simon's reef, Deep turbo.
  • Macro : Han's reef, Air harbor (night dive).

Dive sites

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  • Simon's reef: This group of small pinnacles is quite deep (between 20 and 35m), only advanced or deep divers can go there. Basically, without a doubt the best site in the Gili Islands in terms of preserved coral and possibility to see big: shark, barracuda, napoleon, hump parrots, eagle ray ...

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  • Deep turbo : without a doubt the 2nd best site after Simon's reef in terms of coral quality and the possibility of seeing big. A bit the same configuration as Simon's reef, a deep site not accessible to open water, where the current can be very strong!

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  • Turtle heaven (other possible names: turtle city, turtle reef, secret garden): if you go to the Gili Islands, you will not escape Turtle heaven. This huge pinnacle is full of life: Sergeant Major, Trevally, Moorish Idol, Angel Fish ... It's mostly a turtle cleaning station, you are guaranteed to see, sometimes up to 10 on a dive!

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  • Han's reef (other name possible: frogfish point): consisting of 2 main pinnacles, this site is notably after turtle heaven, the best place to see turtles! They are full of life, in addition to classic fish, you can find scorpion fish, octopus, cuttlefish, trunk fish ... In the sand around the pinnacles it is not uncommon to cross stingrays, open the eye! Finally, the slope at the beginning of the site is one of the best places for the macro in the Gili Islands : frogfish, ghost pipefish, seahorses, nudibranchs ...

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  • Halik / Deep halik : on the part from 0 to 15m, Halik is without a doubt the site where coral is best preserved : a lot of hard corals with a lot of small fish gravitating around! Below 15m the coral is dead and this until about 25m, where you find Deep halik. On this deep part, you may have the chance to see a little big (but prefer Simon's reef or Deep turbo for that).

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  • Shark point : yes to shark point we can see the shark, but it's really not guaranteed ... Located north of Gili Trawangan, it's often where we can have the strongest currents. Beyond 18m we can see small schools of fish like snappers, riflemen ... In part shallow, Highly likely to see turtles, they like to eat in this corner!

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  • Manta point (alternative name: Sunset reef): Sorry, there's no more manta down there ... there were probably 20 years ago but not really. Great site with lots of hard corals, lots of small fish, cuttlefish, turtles ... and sometimes sharks!

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  • Bounty wreck : a wreck accessible to open water. It is actually an old platform that allowed to load the goods on Gili Meno which collapsed in 2002. If you are a new diver, a good first experience of wreck, for experienced divers, there was even not! Very unlikely to see turtles on this site.

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  • Glenn Nusa wreck : a wreck that was sunk voluntarily in 2014. It sits at the beginning of Shark Point and sits about 30m deep. About thirty meters long and one or two small penetrations possible. Attention, the current can be very strong down!

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  • Myrko's reef : one of the sites with coral preserved and accessible to open water. In 2018, it was forbidden to dive to let the coral regenerate.

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  • Air harbor : only accessible by night diving (not allowed during the day because the boats pass), it is the best site around the Gilis for the macro. As often, garbage found under the jetty of the harbor attracts the most bizarre and rare creatures, as well as juveniles.

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  • Meno Wall : So do not expect a huge wall like falling, it's just a small "wall" of 10 meters of water. The second part of the dive is rather a slope, where you can look for macro and see turtles.

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BEST PERIOD TO DIVE IN THE GILI ISLANDS

You can almost dive all year round in the Gili Islands But the best diving season in the Gili Islands is from April to November.

When to dive in the Gili Islands?

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  • Avoid the rainy season from December to February.
  • Avoid Ramadan if possible (the period is different each year).
  • Turtle season on the Gili Islands is all year!

Diving conditions in Gili Islands:

  • Visibility to the Gili Islands  : 20 - 30 m (except in the rainy season).
  • Water temperature in Gili Islands : 28-30 ° (except in the rainy season or it can go down to 25 °).
  • Current to the Gili Islands : sometimes on certain sites, especially north of Gili Trawangan.
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DIVING CLUBS GILI ISLANDS

The best dive centers in the Gili Islands

There are more 50 dive centers in the Gili Islands and they are mostly of good quality.

  • Gili Trawangan Dive Center : Manta dive, Blue marlin, Gili miscellaneous…
  • Gili Air Dive Center : Ocean 5, Blue marlin, 3W, Gili air diver.
  • Gili meno diving center : Gili Meno various, Blue marlin.

French diving club in the Gili Islands

It is very easy to dive in the Gili Islands in French, there are a lot of centers run by French and almost all centers have French instructors!

French diving club at Gili Trawangan

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  • The French center of Gili trawangan
  • They have been there for years.

French diving club at Gili Air

  • 2 options: 3W dive and Gili air divers / Gili island various.
  • It is difficult for me to differentiate these 2 clubs, the 2 owners know each other well, are friends and have the same vision of what a diving center should be: safety above all, a friendly atmosphere during and after the dive, a swimming pool for the courses, quality material, good instructors…

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  • Where I worked for 1 year
  • Super quality training, professional, welcoming…
  • Right by the beach, a great setting to welcome you, a bar, close to the "center", nothing to complain about !!

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  • Where I did my divemaster in 2014
  • Super quality training, professional, welcoming…
  • They are on the north side of the island, a little further from the center (bicycle necessary) but on the sunset side.
  • Perfect for an aperitif after the dive!

French diving club at Gili Meno

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  • He is the same boss as Gili looks various.
  • Small center right in front of the beach, perfect!
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PRICES OF DIVES IN THE GILI ISLANDS

  • Even if they have increased in recent years, the diving prices in the Gili Islands are rather cheap.
  • There is an agreement between the dive centers, the prices for dives in the Gili Islands are the same for all the clubs.

What is the price of the dives at Gili Trawangan?

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There is an agreement between the dive centers, the prices of the dives in Gili trawangan are equivalent for all the clubs.

  • The price of a single dive at Gili Trawangan is 540,000 RP (30 €).
  • The price of a diving baptism at Gili Trawangan is 950,000 RP (52 €).
  • The price of a PADI open water (level 1) at Gili Trawangan is 5,900,000 RP (€ 328).

What is the price of dives at Gili Air?

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There is an agreement between the dive centers, the dive prices at Gili Air are equivalent for all the clubs.

  • The price of a single dive at Gili Air is 540,000 RP (30 €).
  • The price of a diving baptism at Gili Air is 950,000 RP (52 €).
  • The price of a PADI open water (level 1) at Gili Air is 5,900,000 RP (€ 328).
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DIVING COURSE GILI ISLANDS

Diving schools in Gili Trawangan

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All Gili Trawangan diving schools all offer PADI or SSI training, you can:

  • Discover diving by doing a first dive in Gili Trawangan.
  • Learn to dive and pass open water PADI or SSI, the equivalent of the diving level.
  • Continue to improve by doing your Advanced or your Rescue.
  • The Gili Islands are also a great place to do your divemaster (that's where I made mine!)

Diving schools at Gili Air

coucher-de-soleil-iles-gili-avec-nusa-lembonganAll Gili Air diving schools all offer PADI or SSI training, you can:

  • Discover diving by doing a first dive at Gili Air.
  • Learn to dive and pass open water PADI or SSI, the equivalent of the diving level.
  • Continue to improve by doing your Advanced or your Rescue.
  • The Gili Islands are also a great place to do your divemaster (that's where I made mine!)

Diving schools in Gili Meno

The 3 diving schools of Gili Meno all offer PADI or SSI training: first dive, open water, level 1, advanced, rescue and even divemaster.

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HOTEL DIVING IN THE GILI ISLANDS

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  • Honestly, there is everything in the Gili Islands!
  • There is something for all tastes and all budgets, from the dormitory in a hostel, to the nice room in a hotel by the beach to the private house with swimming pool and resort!
  • Things are moving so fast in the Gili Islands that I really advise you to look on booking.com for the latest updates !

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A selection of the best accommodation in Gili Trawangan:

Gili Air diving hotel

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A selection of the best accommodation on Gili Air:

Gili Meno diving hotel

A selection of the best accommodation on Gili Meno:

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HOW TO GO TO GILI ISLANDS

It is quite simple to get to the Gili Islands, either by speed boat from Bali, or by boat from Lombok.

Journey from Bali to the Gili Islands

  • Journey Kuta in the Gili Islands (departure in the morning, arrival around 4 p.m.): take a van to Padang bay (any hotel or travel agency can organize this in 2s), departure every morning to take the boat from 2 p.m.
  • Padang bay route to the Gili Islands by speed boat: duration = 2h, 2 departures per day 9h and 14h.
  • Speedboat trip from Amed to the Gili Islands : duration 1h30, 1 departure per day.

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Journey from Bali Nusa Lembongan to the Gili Islands (Blue water)

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  • Nusa Lembongan to Gili Trawangan by speed boat :
    • journey = 1h15.
    • 1 departure per day at 8.45am, arrival 10am.
  • Speed boat Nusa Lembongan to Gili Air :
    • journey = 2h15.
    • 1 departure per day at 8:45 am, arrival 11:00 am (he arrives at Trawangan in 1st, then goes through the port of Bangsal to Lombok before going to Gili air…).

Route from Lombok to the Gili Islands

  • Bangsal route to the Gili Islands : 15/25 min by public boat (12 000 RP).
  • Route from Mataram Airport to the Gili Islands 1h30 / 2h taxi to Bangsal.
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MY DIVING REVIEW ON THE GILI ISLANDS 

I love the Gili Islands, theambiance, theno noise, the beautiful beaches, the cool people, it really is a great place to vacation. On the diving side, if I were to advise a friend of mine from pass your open water or do your baptismI will recommend directly the Gili Islands, the conditions for this are really very good. However, if I have a experienced diver friends who asks me if it's worth it to come and dive in the Gili Islands, that's clear, i say no! Go rather to Raja Ampat, Komodo, Alor or even Bali! Voila, it's up to you to find your category !!!

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