Gili Shark Conservation

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About Us

Our mission is to promote shark conservation and conduct citizen scientific research essential for effective marine conservation management worldwide.

Gili Shark & Marine Conservation project is a small conservation and data collection program seeking hardworking and enthusiastic participants who want to stay and learn 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 volunteer with Gili Shark Conservation, you will be training and collecting data alongside underwater researchers and learning about the fragile ecosystem and its many living organisms. It combines a nice balance between study and play while you enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this jewel in the Gillis.

No previous experience in diving or marine biology is needed, but it is greatly valued. 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, turtle and shark photographic identification and tracking, 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 includes pre arrival and onsite training including PADI diver certifications, Shark Ecology, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver, and Research Diver specialty.

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! 


Must be 18+ years to apply, 2 week minimum stay


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