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Gili Air
Gili Shark Conservation Project

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  • Gili Air, Indonesia
English, Dutch
Organization Description
For decades, Indonesia has been ranked as the number one shark fishing nation in the world. Make a real difference in conservation trough research and join our research team in Gili Air. The Gili Shark Conservation Project is a small conservation and data collection program. It is the first of its 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.

We are always looking for enthusiastic people who want to live in paradise and make a difference during their holiday. Help the sharks and the community of Gili Air by giving your time and love. You don’t need to be a shark expert or a diver to join our project, however a passion and commitment to shark conservation is important. We appreciate all the unique skills that you can bring to our project and welcome people of every corner of the globe.

During your stay with the Gili Shark Conservation Project you will learn how to dive / improve your dive skills, become a scientific diver and a shark conservation diver. We teach you how to conduct survey dives and how to drop a BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video). Our scientist will help you to study, analyze and input the data collected and watch the BRUV video footage.

Make a real difference in conservation through research and data collection and through local awareness events to help save the sharks of Indonesia!

Why do you need to pay to join the Gili Shark Conservation Project?
Projects like the Gili Shark Conservation Project need money to run their programs. Our funding comes from grants, donations from Shark Warriors and program fees. To offer you a unique program we make costs in facilitating, managing, and monitoring your involvement, which are all essential elements in making your time abroad meaningful and sustainable.

What do you get?
The Gili Shark Conservation Package is a complete holiday package. You will receive:
* Your PADI Open Water Diver Course or you next level of certification ( PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course or PADI Rescue Diver Course).
* 8+ dives a week including rental equipment and guides
* Shared accommodation in a beautiful secret hidden getaway: Villa Nangka *
* Our private driver will pick you up from either the airport in Lombok or Bali
* Return boat ticket from Bali / Lombok to Gili Air
* 3 delicious meals a day during project days (Tuesday till Saturday)
* Private accommodation is available for an additional fee upon request

The Gili Shark Conservation Package does not include:
* Indonesian VISA
* Your flight ticket
* In country spending money
* Travel and/or dive insurance
Skills Needed
18 years of age or older, Feeling comfortable in the water, Passion for the Ocean, A big smile!
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$1,098 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 Project 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!