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Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Last updated: 03 May 2013
The project combines PADI training (from Open Water to Rescue or Divemaster) with a Biorock Speciality course and enables students to get hands-on conservation experience and to build a biorock structure over a 6 or 10 week period.
The programme is designed for gap year students, those looking for thesis and dissertation topics, those on career breaks and anyone who is interested in more than your average holiday!
The Gili Islands are the second largest Biorock® site in the world and are currently home to over 40 Biorock® structures. The reef restoration project is coordinated by the Gili Eco Trust which works closely with the DKP (Indonesian Marine Conservation and fisheries) and is part of the Coral Triangle Project. Since 2004, when the first Biorock® reef was installed in Gili Trawangan, many students have come to study the Biorock® reef restoration projects as a part of their Thesis or Master Degree.
|Country:||Gili Trawangan, Indonesia|
|Meals:||Not included - lots of restaurants on the island. Support local businesses.|
|Trip duration||From 2 to 10 weeks.|
|Suitability||All diving abilities welcome including beginners.|
|Getting there:||London to South East Asia and then to Denpasar (Bali)|
What diving courses are availble to you?
Please click the course name for more information about that particular course.
Details and Itinerary
Programme content and guideline itinerary
Why are you needed?
Large areas of coral and reef have been destroyed by illegal dynamite fishing. El Nino and high water temparatures have also resulted in coral being bleached. As a result the reefs need regenerating to stimulate coral growth in the area. The biorocks allow coral to grow up to three times faster than on their own which obviously enables the reefs to regenerate a lot faster. The aim for GYD volunteers is to extend the biorock structures in the area so that the Gili Islands become a global centre for coral research and re-growth. With your help there’s a very real fighting chance to help reverse a lot of the damage done to the shallow water corals due to irresponsible fishing practices, pollution and El Nino weather effects.
What will you learn?
The Biorock® Process Specialty Course teaches divers about coral ecology and the importance of coral reefs within the marine environment. It is designed to raise student’s awareness towards the general state of coral reefs world wide and the need for responsible behavior in order to protect the remaining healthy reefs. In addition this specialty course introduces divers to the Biorock® Technology and helps divers develop the necessary skills and knowledge to identify coral damaged areas, the cause of coral destruction and the use of Biorock® for coral resurrection and erosion prevention.
PADI dive training
In addition to the Biorock® Process Specialty Course, students who join this programme can train up to PADI Rescue Diver or PADI Divemaster (10 week trip). If you're already a PADI Divemaster or above then the trip duration is shorter and the emphasis is on conservation work and recreational diving.
The following schedule is a guideline! What you do each week depends on your dive level and chosen programme.
Arrival: Arrive Denpasar and transfer to hotel in Kuta, Bali (overnight)
Transfer: Pick-up 07:00am for speedboat transfer to Gili Islands
Week 1: PADI Open Water and PADI Advanced Open Water (recreational diving if already obtained)
Weeks 2 & 3: Biorock speciality course, conservation training and build a biorock
Week 4: PADI EFR, PADI Rescue Diver and fun dives
Weeks 5-6: Conservation dives and recreational diving.
Weeks 5 - 10: PADI Divemaster Internship ,beach clean-ups, turtle conservation, inland conservation, photo catalogue Biorocks, recreational diving and much more.
Departure: Transfer back to mainland Bali by speedboat
Included and Not Included
A guide to what you see and what you get!
Full details of exact inclusions, exclusions and local payments will be sent to you when you request a quotation. As a general guideline you can expect the following:
Airport pick-up in Bali and taken to hotel, reservation in hotel in Bali (arrival night), speedboat transfer to Gili Islands and back to Bali at the end of the programme, dorm style accommodation (2 per room) - all bedding provided, full equipment hire (or as required), all PADI materials for courses, all PADI fees for courses (excluding Divemaster application fee), PADI training as required, Biorock project (education), Biorock construction (build a biorock), donation to Gili Eco Trust, recreational diving, conservation dives, land conservation projects, in-country support, tanks, weights and 24 hour UK support
Flights (fly to Denpasar)*, visa (budget £30), vaccinations (consult GP), meals and personal spending money (it's cheap in comparison to Western expenses), travel insurance and Divemaster application fee (£58 + VAT payable direct to PADI)
You will need to pay for your PADI Divemaster fee locally if you do the PADI Divemaster course.
A few things you should know and trip downloads
Guideline Pricing Information
All prices are per person and exclude flights unless otherwise stated. The guideline prices shown are designed to provide you with an indication of how much to budget for your trip. You need to be aware that there are a number of factors which can influence the price; these include the duration of trip, the time of year, exchange rates, board basis and the amount of diving you require. For an accurate price you must submit a quote request.
Dorm rooms - 2 people per room or private (depending on numbers)
The standard accommodation offered are the dorm-style bunk bed rooms. Each bed has a fan and there is a wardrobe as well as sufficient space under the beds to store clothes and personal belongings. The bathrooms are shared and located adjacent to the dorm rooms. Rooms and bathrooms are cleaned daily and keys are provided so each room can be locked. Bedding and a towel are also provided.
We can arrange flights for you if you'd prefer. The best way to get there is from London Heathrow to somewhere like Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. From one of these cities it's a flight o Denpasar, Bali.
- Enthusiastic about marine biology /conservation
- Self-study and motivated
- Complete PADI medical prior to departure (we will send you the form)
- Over 18 for Divemaster training and over 17 with parental consent for any recreational training.
We offer everything from Open Water to Divemaster as well as some PADI Speciality courses. Some will be pre-selected when you request a quote as the courses are required for the Biorock training.
All PADI materials are included in the price for you to keep
All recreational PADI fees are included. If you do the Divemaster course you will need to pay £58 + VAT to PADI for your license upon completing the course.
Happy with what you have seen and read? To get an exact price please click the 'tailor-made button' (located on the 'prices, dates and booking' tab) to request a quotation as this trip is tailor-made. Following the link will open our online quotation system. Simply follow the steps and make your selections. A formal quotation will be sent to you via e-mail once we have received your request.
Prices, Booking and Dates
Guideline prices, trip dates and how to book!
Guideline Price TableRequest a Quotation
|Current Dive Level||As a guide...|
|All Levels||2 to 10 weeks||From £855From £855 for 2 weeks (from £1,185/3 weeks for beginners) for Biorock conservation only. Extend as required and choose from a range of PADI speciality courses and training up to Divemaster.|
Booking a tailor-made trip
This trip is tailor-made. Please to start customising your own trip. Our quotation system is easy to use and it allows you to get an idea of price according to your dive level. If you wish to book then you must complete the quotation form, add your details and we will e-mail you a formal quotation with all the booking details. You can also call us on 0845 257 3292 to discuss this trip and to book a place.
Step 1: This trip is tailor-made! Request a quote so that we can check availability and provide an accurate price based on your travel dates and diving requirements.
Step 2: We will review your request. A quote will be sent to your e-mail address with a link to follow should you decide to book.
Step 3: If you wish to proceed with the booking; follow the link in the e-mail and pay the deposit for the trip. Please note that quotes have an expiry date.
Step 4: You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your booking request along with login details so that you can manage your booking.
Step 5: We will send you all your travel documents and be at-hand to answer any questions relating to your trip.
The Biorocks are generally constructed 4 times a year in February, April, July and October. We offer flexibility with start dates although we try to get people to start around 25th Jan, 25th March, 25th June and 25th September each year. Choose when you'd like to start and we'll create a trip based on your travel plans.
Your money is secure with us! We have TTA Financial protection under licence Q0621. The protection means that you can book your holiday secure in the knowledge that the Travel Trust Association will protect you in the unlikely event of a us becoming insolvent. Should we for any reason financially fail or cease trading, the Travel Trust Association will liaise with the suppliers to ensure that your holiday goes ahead unaffected. If for any reason this is not possible, the TTA will administer a claim for a refund of money that you have paid to us for your holiday. Read more about how your money is protected.
Deposit and Balance Payments
We request a £250 deposit to secure a place. All balance payments are due 60 days before the start of the trip. If you book within 60 days of departure then full payment must be made at the time of booking.