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Gili Air
Gili Shark Conservation

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  • Gili Air, Indonesia
Organization Description
Our Mission is to conduct citizen scientific research essential for marine conservation management worldwide. We do this by training research divers from any level or background to collect important data for both local and international conservation organizations. For decades Indonesia has been ranked as the number one shark-fishing nation in the world, do more on your next holiday and stay, learn, and explore with the Gili Shark Conservation Project.

We are seeking hardworking and enthusiastic people from around the world who want to join our small team here in Gili Air. You must be 18 years to apply and ready to live and work on a small island paradise surrounded by sun, salt, and sea breeze!

What We Do:

Our days are filled with research dives, data analysis, scientific workshops, language and cooking classes, and community outreach programs. We have 4 main ongoing projects we currently working on:

1) Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV): a baited camera placed on the sea floor and left to record for 1 hour.

2) Roving Survey Dives: The research team heads out for 2 dives every day to collect abundance data on sharks, rays, turtle, and fisheries targeted species.

3) Photo Identification: this is a non-invasive method of tracking population dynamics and habitat use. Our research team snaps photo id shots on their survey dives and inputs them into a computer recognition program back at the lab.

4) Community Outreach: Once a week we head out as a team and take part or organize a community event including Dives Against Debris, beach clean ups, recycling workshops, presentations, and sometimes we even get invited into the local school to run shark themed games with the kids!

Weekly Schedule

Working hours is Monday – Saturday 8:00 – 17:30

AM: 2 Research dives filled with surveys, BRUV drops, and Photo ID.

Lunch at Coffee and Thyme

PM: Nangka Time! Head back to the project headquarters to input and analyze our data or this is your time to work on your personal project.

Program Costs

Starting at $999 per week

What is Included:

Accommodation in a shared private villa with pool, hot water, kitchen, wifi and garden. This is also the project headquarters so your commute is not so bad.
All food during working days (Monday-Saturday). Breakfast at Villa Nangka with the team, healthy and harty lunch provided by Coffee and Thyme, and Dinner vouchers to you can explore the islands amazing cuisine by night. We cater to all dietary needs.
In country transportation including airport/hotel pick up and drop off from South Bali or Lombok. This includes a private car ride to the Harbour, a fast boat ticket to Gili Air, and a horse cart ride to Villa Nangka
All Dive Courses! We are a research and diving training facility. To become a good research diver you first must become a good diver! Our partnering facility, Oceans5 Dive Resort, offers courses from Open Water all the way up to Dive Instructor! If you have never dived before you will receive your Open Water Diver certification, if you are already a diver than you will continue your education with the next PADI level. (Dive Master and Instructor courses have an addition add on fee)
All Research Dive related costs including equipment rental, dive guide, reef taxes, and boat fees.
Specialty certification including AWARE Shark Conservation Diver and PADI Research Diver Specialty. (More specialties available for an additional fee)
Additional workshops and classes including Bahasa language classes, Indonesian cooking classes, and scientific workshops with our lead Marine Biologist.
Not Included:
Return flights form home country
Insurance (Dive and Travel)
In country spending money ($3USD a beer)

How to Apply:

If you think you are the right fit for our program you can apply directly through our website at and follow the directions provide.

If you have any further questions contact
Skills Needed
18 years of age or older, Be able to swim, Marine Biology experince is valued, great attitude and ready to help!
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$989 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Volunteer Hostel
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Homestay


Gili Shark Conservation Average Ratings
Gili Shark Conservation Project was an incredible experience. I did my Dive Master course during this time and learned a lot about myself as a diver and marine conservation. We did survey dives four to five times a week where we record the indicator species, did BRUV drops and inputted data into our online resources. All of the staff and local people around the island are welcoming and it was a fun environment to learn in. You won't find such a rich culture on any other project. I really enjoyed the freedom we were allowed on the project to do what we wanted with our weekends, whether it was more dive experience or traveling to other island in the surrounding area.
Working on a shark conservation project has opened my eyes to many things. I was never as aware of pollution in general, fish numbers in oceans, the reproduction of marine life, the effects we can have on marine life by eating endangered species such as tuna since carrying out shark conservation. I would have been nervous swimming in shark waters but now I see them as less harmful than dogs. They are a creature that most do not understand so they are easily categorised as extremely dangerous. I would have never considered myself a fearful person but after my first diving trip I couldn’t regulate my breathing and thought I’d not be able to dive again. I was so panicked I almost gave up. This frustrated me as I had learned so much about the underworld on the project and I really wanted to...
Working with Lauren was a great experience! She was also my instructor for my rescue and shark conservation course. She is an amazing dive instructor and really knows how to make every volunteer enthusiastic about diving and sharks, while holding great responsibility for our safety. Throughout my time I have learned so much from her during both on land and diving activities. The survey dives were my favorite, and with Lauren as a dive instructor you are almost guaranteed to see a lot of interesting marine life. Her passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge with regards to diving and (shark) conservation helped me as a volunteer to gain more insight into the project and made me feel like I was actually helping and making a difference. All in all, it was the best!