I’m asked all the time “what is your favourite dive site in the Gili’s.” Great question to be asked as it shows people are interested in finding out the dive sites that I rate highly. It is also a tough question to answer as on the Gili Islands Indonesia we are still exploring.
Our regular dive sights are awesome. With the great variety of marine life in Indonesia the species on one dive can be overwhelming. Being lucky enough to live here and work in diving it allows me to dive areas that are not on the radar. Finding new places to take divers on sights that are already on the map adds to the fun diver’s excitement. Diving a part of a site that no one usually dives puts an instant smile on the face of a diver.
It may end with nothing more then a dive with little or nothing extra found. But when it works you find the most interesting things in the oddest places. On a recent exploring dive I was checking small coral out crops spread across a large sandy area. On top of a small out crop was a Feather Star. Looking closely there was 5 baby banded Pipe Fish. The unusual the different the unknown is the attraction.
Slowly, carefully, and a lot of patients is needed. Look at things that you would dismiss on a normal dive. Look to see things at different angles. Wait to see what may appear if you stay still. Learn to read the critters that you do see. In a lot of cases they are telling you more then you think. Remember we are the visitors here and the local critters know what’s happening. Predators will add to the tension of the residents and that helps you see something different. It’s all new, so you will find something new. If not it’s just a very relaxing dive with a buddy. Or if you have PADI Self Reliant Diver certification without a buddy.
It changes with the exploring. I still love them all. I have a soft spot for Secret Reef as my first dive there I had to get permission from a local dive master. Turtle Heaven is spectacular site with variety of depths that covers everyone. Sunset Reef where the corals can be amazing and 90% chance of white tip sharks. Getting wet is really the best and that’s what divers like is to dive and everything else is just a bonus.
As scuba divers we are all explorers in some way. Our sense of adventure is alive. Our fascination with what it under the sea cannot be quenched. We seek it out. Spending time planning and learning and expanding out diving ability.
What is my favourite dive site the answer is any place I can get under water.
PADI IDC Staff Instructor 331032
AUS DIVING ACADEMY