Diving from the Gilis

 Ever since I did my PADI Open Water at Ko Tao back in 2005, I have been obsessed with diving. The feeling of complete freedom and calmness when you are under water is paradise for me, and now I simply can not get enough of it. That's why I understood that the Gilis were a must for my latest trip to Indonesia. padi idc bali I'd heard of the small island of Gili Trawangan by a friend who'd lived there for 6 weeks, working as a dive master. She had firsthand experience of the brilliant diving in this area and I just needed to talk with her for five minutes before I was convinced.As I was going with my sister and another friend, the two of whom hadn't dived before, she recommended that people went into Big Bubble Dive as the classes are small, and the instructors are friendly. The Gilis are the perfect place to learn how to dive. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed, with a great deal of divers of various degrees of experience. You're also sure to see a huge variety of fish on every dip, and a lot of the dive sites are shallow enough for training dives.You will find 16 dive sites situated around the three Gili Islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. You can reach all of the websites by Jukung ships and the traveling time is no more than about 25 minutes. This usually means that you don't have to spend half of your time travelling to reach the dive site! This really is a huge plus point for me as I have a tendency to find a bit sea sick, especially after a dive, as a result of salt water invasion of my nose.I have done a total of 8 dives, and each one was totally fantastic. I saw loads of beautiful items such as cuttlefish, octopus, black tip reef sharks, boxfish (my personal favourite), pufferfish and turtles, to mention but a few.On my last dive, I had been due to friend with my recently qualified sister. But, among the Dive Masters suggested that I go with another group to do a more experienced drift dive as it had been, in his opinion, the best dive site in the region. padi idc bali This is the most spectacular dive I have ever done. I had been fortunate enough to spot a beautiful, 2 metre long bumphead parrot fish. This fish has been unbelievably incredible to watch, polished deep green in crystal clear waters. This dive was truly the highlight of my entire trip.