Take a Gap Year to Indonesia (Gili Islands)
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Gili Trawangan is one of 3 small tropical islands located off the North West coast of Lombok, Indonesia commonly known as “The Gilis”. Only a 2 hour fast boat ride from Bali, the islands offer a tranquil escape from the usual tourist trail. Fringed in pristine white sand beaches and vibrant off shore corals, Gili Trawangan (the largest of the 3 islands) can be walked around and enjoyed in less than 2 hours at a leisurely stroll. There are no motorised vehicles on any of the islands and the most common mode of transportation is by bike, although the islands “cidomos”, a small horse drawn cart, can offer a more authentic Indonesian transport experience.
Programmes and Trips
- Learn about Biorock Technology! Build an artificial reef, work in coral gardens, monitor marine life, photograph existing Biorocks, teach in schools and plenty of PADI training available.…
- Trip Duration: From 2 to 10 weeks.
- Suitability: All diving abilities welcome including beginners.
- Tailormade - From £855pp
Optional Tours / Excursions
The following tours are available to add-on to your gap year diving experience. Tours can generally be done either before or after a programme, but in some cases they can be done during the programme.
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Climate / Weather
The diving in the Gilis is second to none. The Indo-Pacific ocean boasts the widest variety of marine life the world over and it is not uncommon to see, on any given dive , turtles, reef sharks, blue spotted stingrays, eagle rays, eels, octopus, cuttle fish, schools of bump head parrotfish, traveley, snappers and endless other tropical fish. The visibility averages from 20-30 meters and the water temperature hovers around 28°C. All our dive sites are just off the three Gilis so you’re never travelling more than 20 mins by boat. We enjoy moderate currents so all our dives are drift dives. Just roll in the water let the current carry you along the reef and the boat comes and picks you up at the end of your dive. Simply put, you could not ask for a better dive experience.
Weather and Climate
It's officially the wet season October to March and the dry season May to September. Being on an island it very rarely rains and you will find that it is predominantly dry most of the year. Daytime temperatures average 27C to 32C. July and August are probably the best months but it's also peak season...SO REMEMBER TO BOOK EARLY!!
Official Name: Republic of Indonesia
Location: Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia (official, modified form of Malay), English, Dutch, local dialects (the most widely spoken of which is Javanese)
Religion: Muslim 86.1%, Protestant 5.7%, Roman Catholic 3%, Hindu 1.8%, other or unspecified 3.4%
FCO Travel Advice Link: Indonesia Information
Visas / Entry Requirements
Visas are required for UK nationals entering Indonesia; a tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for a specific short period. You are advised to consult the Indonesian Embassy in London.
Please visit www.netdoctor.co.uk for more information or consult with your local GP for professional advice.
Flight times / routes
You need to get to Bali. From Bali it is a speedboat ride to the island. Direct flights to Bali (Denpasar) are frequent and often reasonably priced at around £500-£700 but you will often have to fly via another South East Asian city.