Learning to Dive in the Gili Islands

Why Choose Gili Trawangan?

There are thousands of places you could choose to learn to scuba dive, so why choose to dive in Gili Trawangan? The island of Gili Trawangan is an ideal place to start your diving journey. It’s just a boat ride or flight from Bali so it’s easily accessible and the clear calm waters are perfect for learner divers.

Gili Trawangan is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and paradise island vibes. There are chances to party, relax on the beach and sunbathe and also stroll or cycle around the island. And for those who want to dive, the variety of marine life is almost too wonderful too be believed.

Learning to Dive in the Gili Islands

Where to Learn

Ideally you want a place to stay with a dive school, which is why Villa Almarik and Gangga Divers is a great option. You can settle into your accommodation and have all your theory, pool diving practice and instructors right on site. This is fantastic for building a trusting relationship with your dive instructors. It also ensures you have rest and downtime to take in what you have learned.

Villa Almarik is located just north of the main Gili Trawangan strip in a quieter area of the island. It is also the prime sea turtle spotting area, which makes for memorable first dives.

There are more than 20 dive sites around the Gili Islands and many of them are suitable for learner divers. They are also close to the islands, cutting down on travel time and increasing time in the water. The variety of marine life in this area is incredible, so your memories of learning to dive will last forever!

Learning to Dive in the Gili Islands

PADI Certification

Gangga Divers at Villa Almarik offer a range of PADI courses for everyone from first time divers to those well experienced in the water. Professional PADI certified dive instructors guide you through every element of diving to ensure your safety.

If you’re not 100% sure that diving is for you, a great tester is the PADI Discover Scuba Diving course. This is just a half-day course that is suitable for anyone from 10 years up. You’ll start off learning the basics and try out the gear in the pool at Villa Almarik.

If you decide to move on to learn more the PADI Scuba Diver is your next step. You can also start directly with this course. In just 2 days you’ll learn enough about diving to take on 2 open water dives.

Learning to Dive in the Gili Islands

Some of the best sites around Gili Trawangan for beginners are Sunset, Goodreef and Trawangan Slope. Here you may see sea turtles, angelfish, schools of sweetlips and plenty more. Once you’ve done this course you might be hooked on diving for life!

Additional Courses

Once you’re hooked and ready to go further there are more options at Gangga Divers. You can take courses to increase your certification level if you already dive. Gili Trawangan is a fantastic place to take your PADI Open Water or Advanced Open Water courses thanks to the varied dive sites so close to the island. You can practice drift diving, night dives, walls, reefs and slopes safely and without having to travel long distances. All the dive sites around the Gili Islands are within 10-15 minutes from Villa Almarik.

Qualified open water divers also have the option to take Emergency First Response, PADI Rescue Diver, Specialised Dive and Enriched Air courses. These courses encourage confidence, safety and awareness while diving and also allow you to spend more time underwater.

PADI Dive Courses Gili Islands

Are you a brand new diver or maybe you dive but want to increase your skill level? We can advise you which PADI dive course is best for you. Just leave us a comment below.

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