We spent three out of our five days on Gili T diving. The island is famous for it’s sea turtles and there was no way I was leaving Indonesia without seeing one in the wild.
We went with Trawangan Dive on a friend’s recommendation but there are loads of dive schools on the island and their prices are all the same. I already have my BSAC ocean diver so we decided just to do some fun dives. After a quick pool session and some lunch, we headed out for our first day of diving.
The currents are strong and it took me a while to get used to them in the water. We saw our first turtle which I was so excited about! I tried my hardest to get a good picture but the currents were too strong to fight and I couldn’t stay in one place long enough. It wasn’t long until we saw another turtle and lots more marine life.
I struggled with equalising but our dive instructor was really patient with me and it didn’t affect my experience unlike other times when I’ve been diving. The next two days of diving were even better and by the end I’d lost count of the amount of turtles we’d seen. I also finally got the perfect turtle picture! Well, our dive instructor did.
The reefs around the Gili islands are conserved well and each diver is required to pay a small donation to the Gili Eco Trust which we had no qualms about. If you’re not into diving then turtles and lots more can be seen just by snorkeling!