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Everyone that ever watched the movie Finding Nemo is very familiar with the cute orange-white striped fish that got lost in the big wide ocean. But what do we really know about those amazing creatures that are found all around the Gili islands? First of all, a "Nemo" is originally called a False Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion percula) and is part of a big family of anemonefish with numerous species. They grow up to about 11 centimeters and live in venomous anemonies. Their symbiosis with anemonies is extraordinary: while an anemonie (with its stinging cells) protects an anemonefish from predators, the fish with its bright colours attrack pray for the anemonie. What diversAw from Gili Air Divers usually notice is that anemonefish always move very quickly and lively - sometimes it even seems like they are dancing! The fact is that while moving very quickly anemonefish or "Nemos" protect themselves from the stings of an anemonie that they inhabit. It has been said that anemonefish can create a certain kind of mucus which carries the anemone's chemical signature and therefore protects them from the poisonous stings.
We, the staff of Gili Air Divers, always like to ensure our divers that anemonefish are not agressive at all and are always fun to watch underwater. They usually live in an anemone as a small monogamous family: a pair of adult anemonefish and several small juveniles, which are not actually their real offsprings, but juveniles that were brought to the anemone with currents and waves.
Another amazing feature of these small and lively animals is their way of changing sex during their life cycle. All anemonefish are born as male and  later the largest one in an anemonie takes the leading role and transforms into a female. If a female would pass away, another male would within a week change sex to ensure a leader in an anemonie.
There are a lot of divesites around the three Gili islands (Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan), where divers can see an anemonefish "up close", like Air Wall, Frog Fish Point, Mirko's reef, Shark Point, Bounty Wreck, Manta Point etc.    
Did you know you can hear anemonefish underwater? At Gili Air Divers we always like to take our time and listen to sounds of these small colourful creatures - try it, is really fun!

Mirko’s Reef gives divers the best of both worlds

Mirko’s Reef gives divers the best of both worlds

Some dive sites in the Gilis are filled to the gills with unique and abundant fish life. Some are covered in beautiful, healthy coral. And some combine the two, leaving divers feeling like they’ve been dropped into a marine documentary they saw once on television.
Mirko’s Reef is one of those sites. Located in the valley between Gili Meno and Gili Air (small, carless, beach-rimmed islands easily reached from Bali or Lombok), it ranges in depth from 14 to more than 30 meters, making it accessible for both Open Water and Advanced level divers. The coral is non-stop, coming in every type and colour. Some of the flat, circular table corals reach an incredible 2 meters in diameter, providing shelter to hundreds of colourful fish. Other corals help hide shy boxfish, barramundi or manta shrimps. Perhaps the best-hidden creature of all is the pygmy seahorse. Tiny and perfectly camouflaged in some of the deeper sea fans, they are almost impossible to spot without a trained guide.      
Moving to the side of the plateau, the site turns into rolling hills that are just as fully-covered with corals and sponges in all colours: deep purple, lime green, turquoise, orange, rose. A huge array of fish, moray eels, squids, nudibranches and much more make their home there. Down a couple more hills, schools of sweetlips, batfish and jacks all congregate when the current picks up. Often, a white-tip reef shark makes his way past nearby.


It’s no wonder Mirko’s Reef is a favourite for many customers at Gili Air Divers and Gili Meno Divers. Whichever island you choose to stay on, the dive clubs’ new boats and experienced staff can take you out to experience sites all around the three Gili islands. They always go out in small groups, visiting sites that are best for their customers’ experience level, the marine life they’re most interested in seeing, and the day’s conditions. Whether you are looking for the best coral, the most fish diversity or that perfect mix of both, the staff at Gili Air Divers and Gili Meno Divers can take you there.

Where the predators come to play

A dive at Jack Point helps prove the Gili Islands have lots to offer Advanced-level divers, too.
The Gili islands northwest of Lombok are often known for their friendly turtles and the colourful reefs where many tourists take their first underwater breaths. But for Advanced-level divers – or those who want to become one – sites like Jack Point, Deep Turbo and Mirko’s Reef  offer unique animals, stunning coral, a huge array of fish and some serious predators.
I’m feeling ready for adventure and the staff at Gili Air Divers (a French/Spanish/Indonesian shop that’s now opening Gili Meno Divers as well) promise me small diving groups, new rental equipment, personal service and an eagle-eyed guide, so I decide to sign on for a morning at Jack Point.
We leave Gili Air’s beach behind and set off to the site just north of Gili Trawangan. We gear-up, jump in and descend. It’s only moments later that I find myself next to a hurricane of silvery-blue fish. Schools of barracuda and jack fish swirl and swoop.  Under us, blue-spotted rays weave through hundreds of tall whip corals, each reaching up like an arm from below.  We are all pointing in different directions; there’s just too many places to look!
It takes a bit of work to stay in this spot, fighting the current 27 meters below the surface. But the current is a good thing; it’s what brings the predators out to play. And when the black-tipped reef shark blows gracefully through the center of the hurricane, I know it’s worth the extra kicks.
After a few minutes, we rest our legs and go with the current, slowing moving up the slope that connects this dive location to Shark Point, a well-known site popular with divers at both the Open Water and Advanced Open Water levels.

Soon, we see some dark forms ahead. And they’re big. Table-sized.  It’s another couple minutes before we arrive up close.  Their tiny eyes pay us no attention as they continue breaking apart coral, their ridiculous mouths and humped heads making them look like awkward teenagers. Beautiful green scales help distinguish them as part of the parrotfish family – we’ve all seen their relatively tiny cousins while snorkelling – but the bumphead parrotfish is a creature all its own.  For once, the camera-carrying divers are happy to have other people in some of their pictures; it helps to show just how big these fish are.
Our guide gives us time to enjoy these bizarre animals before we continue up the slope, swimming over and around coral boomies surrounded by over-sized versions of my favourites: sweetlips, angelfish and batfish. We are all looking for more sharks, moray eels, octopus or a slithering snake eel, but almost every time, it’s our guide who first spots the treasure.   
The dive ends in an area full of pink coral five meters deep, where the famous green and hawkbill turtles both make appearances. They are searching for lunch, but it’s a much calmer hunt than the one we saw further below!
After slowly surfacing, it’s clear our guide has three ecstatic divers on his hands. Two are already reliving memories of the predators. But for me, it was the bumpheads who stole the show. Gili Air Divers’ bran new boat comes around the pick us up, and as I pass my equipment up to one of the crew, he asks me if I want to go out again this afternoon. My hammock-time plans have just changed, and I let him know, “Definitely.” 

Big Clean Up Days in Gili Air --- We are part of it !!!

The Local Community in Gili Air is now taking its environment in charge by organizing minthly clean up...

That was today

And Gili AIr DIvers was part of it...
We manages to go with a team of 12 divers cleaning the reefs on the east side of Gili Air ...


Thanks to all our volunteers !!!

We know now where the Mandarin Fish is hiding...

We finally found the spot where the Mandarin fish lives....

Want to see him ? He only come out at dawn for few moments and is very secretive, but with enough patience you will get the chance to discover this increcibly coloured creature...

Some call it the LSD fish... i have never tried but i think i understand why....


New amazing Muck Diving dive site found...

Gili Air Divers is proud of his new dive site near Lombok...
The all team went for an exploration dive at night and we found believe it or not 2 Ambon Scorpion Fish.... and many other cool creatures.

Bright yellow dwarf Lion Fish, many weird nudibranches, Blue eye stingfish, the all family of Waspfish, seahorses and many other things....

Very cool !!!

Whale Shark in Takat Piniu

We had our first Whale Shark of the season in one of our new dive site...

After crossing over a forest of giant Elephant Ear Sponge, meeting with a Black Frogfish and finding a Fan coverd with 8 Pigmy Seahorses, we had the chance to spot in the shallow part of the Pinacle a beautiful Whale Shark, 4 to 5 meters long...

Check soon on youtube we will put the video online...