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Gili Shark Conservation Project


For decades, Indonesia has been ranked as the number one shark fishing nation in the world. Make a real difference in conservation through research and join our research team in Gili Air.

The Gili Shark Conservation Project is a small conservation and data collection program. It is the first of its kind in the Gili Islands, and takes an active role in conservation issues in Indonesia’s three Gili Islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air.

We are always looking for enthusiastic people who want to live in paradise and make a difference during their holiday. Help the sharks and the community of Gili Air by giving your time and love. You don’t need to be a shark expert or a diver to join our project, however a passion and commitment to shark conservation is important. We appreciate all the unique skills that you can bring to our project and welcome people of every corner of the globe.


Gili Air Desa Gili Indah Kec. Pemenang
Lombok Utara
Nusa Tenggara Barat 83352



Being a part of this program was a really great experience for me. Everyone was really friendly and helpful, and I felt very comfortable with Ocean's 5 (the dive shop) and with the Gili Shark Conservation team. We did two dives a day with the team in incredible dive spots. Another invaluable part of the experience for me was getting to know the team, people from all over the world. Overall, I had a wonderful time and I highly recommend this program.

Yes, I recommend this program

If you are a diver and want something more than a dive holiday Gili Shark Conservation is the way to go. Giving a helping hand to a focused conservation project alongside an excellent and enthusiastic team in a gorgeous setting was the perfect balance for me. Rose, Zara and Andreas are there to make sure you have all you need and to help you integrate with the super-chilled local scene. The project involves full-days of commitments but it is impossible to get stressed on Gili Air. If you can stay longer than two weeks you will manage to contribute more to the project since much of your first week will focus on upgrading your Padi qualifications. If you are looking to volunteer for his project my advice is: Go for it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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I was a volunteer in Gili Shark conservation 2 years ago. The program was the foundation of my diving experience, which allowed me to dive all around Southeast Asia and the
south pacific. The project is great for anybody (experienced diver or entry level) who wants to to make a difference and become involved with the underwater world and its protection. The facilities where the volunteers stay are outstanding as are their owners and the staff that will introduce you to the project's dynamic. After two years and two visits they feel like family to me. The project also involves all corners of the island in it's conservation efforts by doing community events. These are also good to meet all the people that work together to better the island and the sea around it. Volunteering in Gili Shark conservation was a great experience and I would definitely recommend it.

Yes, I recommend this program
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I stayed for two weeks with the Gili Shark Conservation Project and I can only recommend to join the program. I learned very much about marine biology and conservation and although I was already a rescue diver with a certain number of dives, I improved my diving a lot. Before I joined the program I had no experience in marine biology. Still, from the beginning of my stay I was given the feeling that what I did was helpful as for the program as for the community. I met many interesting people and everyone was very nice and helpful. The stay at Villa Nangka was great. Besides, Gili Air has a lot to offer. I enjoyed every minute of this great experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Indonesia was my first country I have ever travelled to by myself, and the people at the Gili Shark Conservation Program were some of the kindest souls I have ever met. I have wanted to work with sharks since I was 5, and GSC showed me not just the research side of sharks but also how important it is to have the community involved. I wish I stayed longer than 2 weeks so that I could have made a bigger impact on the data collection. 2 weeks is a little too short to get the full experience this program can offer.
Rose was very helpful with anything. I left my phone in a taxi in Bali, got my cards frozen, and ended up getting "Bali belly," and she did everything she could to help me by getting my phone back, helping me with funds until I got my cards unfrozen, and giving me medicines to help with my belly. Truly, everyone who is a part of the program does everything to help others on the team and people on the island.
I highly recommend the Gili Shark Conservation Program. You'll meet amazing, kind people from around the world. You'll gain helpful experience in Elasmobranch research, and you'll feel like you're doing something to help the community of the Gili islands.

Yes, I recommend this program


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