Why Consider The Gilis for Your Divemaster Internship
Location is everything!
In Southeast Asia, made up of thousands of volcanic islands, you’ll find the wonderful Indonesia. All these islands have different cultures, languages, ecosystems, and environments. And importantly, Indonesia is known for it’s amazing diving!
The location also means that if you have a few days off you can easily go explore other parts of Indonesia.
Another benefit of the island’s location, and most of Indonesia, is its placement in The Coral Triangle. Around 76% of the world’s coral species are found in the Coral Triangle, making it the area with the highest coral diversity in the world!
The wet and rainy season tends to be November to March, so the dry months are April to October. Which may influence when you decide to begin your divemaster internship. Yet, the islands usually have much less rainfall than Bali. The temperature tends to stay between 22 and 32°C year-round.
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So, due to that lovely tropical climate, the water temperature tends to stay between 27 and 29°C. Diving in a shorty or even a rash vest and shorts isn’t uncommon here, and we dig it.
Unlike other Indonesian islands, the Gilis aren’t known for their currents. But, that doesn’t mean that you won’t experience them at all here. The Indonesian throughflow still affects us! Our dive sites have many varying depths and typography, making them great for divers of any level.
Due to the proximity of all the dive sites, there’s no need to spend all day on a rocking boat. All our dive sites are less than 30 minutes away. Due to this, 3WDive boats always return to the shop between dives.
Gili Air… that island life
Each of the Gili islands have their own vibe, and you’ll need to find the right one for you. Gili Meno is the quietest of the three, known for beautiful beaches and it’s relaxing vibe. On the opposite side of the scale is Gili Trawangan – the party island. It is the biggest island and is the most well-known.
Then there’s Gili Air, often described as the inbetween island. Taking the best parts of its sister islands. A chilled out vibe can be found throughout the island but there’s always a spot where the Bintangs and the cocktails are flowing.
If you’re daydreaming of bare feet living, sunset beers and crystal clear waters, you’ll get more than what you expect on the Gilis. Delicious and cheap local nasi (rice) dishes. Friendly, authentic connections with locals. A great, inviting community of expats from all over the world. Yoga and relaxing on the beach. This is the epitome of island life.
More to think about
First up is the visa requirements for the specific country. This will vary depending on the length of time you’re planning to do your internship over, and your country of origin. For Indonesia, the social visa you’ll most likely need is pretty easy to get, and not too expensive either. The Gilis’ proximity to Lombok means that if you need to visit immigration or do a visa run, it doesn’t have to be painful.