Volunteer in shark conservation around the Gili Islands, Indonesia.

Gili Shark Conservation

Shark and marine conservation around the Gili Islands


Who: Gili Shark Conservation

Where: Gili Air

Focus: Shark and marine conservation around the Gili Islands

When: All year round | Volunteers request start dates though an online application

Duration: Min. 2 weeks | Recommended length of stay is 4-8 weeks to really get involved in the project.

Suitability: Over 18s

Language: Volunteers should be able to speak basic English.

Cost: 2 weeks start from USD 1998.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Become part of the Gili Shark Conservation research team, helping to support marine conservation and the local community on Gili Air.
  • Dive up to 8 times a week, actively seeking out sharks, rays, turtles, and other species that indicate the health of a reef.
  • Use baited underwater cameras (BRUV) and GoPros to photo ID marine life in order to track the population of sharks and turtles throughout the reserve.
  • Watch the BRUV, analyse and input data, study the different methodologies used and prepare the bait for the BRUV.
  • Learn about marine and shark conservation through presentations, workshops, playing different games and watching documentaries.
  • Take part in community outreach projects and teach the local community why it’s so important to look after the ocean and help to change the perception of sharks.
  • Get involved in community projects on land and in the water, to support the local community and create a plastic free paradise.
  • Take part in beach and underwater clean ups, recycling workshops and activities for children at the primary school.

Scuba Diving

Dive Training: Volunteers receive their PADI Open Water Diver Course or their next level of certification – Advanced Open Water or Rescue Diver. The Nitrox speciality course can be undertaken for an extra fee.

Conservation Certifications: Two specialities are included in the cost – PADI AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty and PADI Scientific Diver Distinctive Specialty Course.

Equipment: All equipment is included

Divemaster Internship: Available for a min. stay of 6-10 weeks depending on current dive certification. Volunteers should have their own fins, mask and dive computer.

The Base

Accommodation: Volunteers stay at the unique boutique hotel, the Villa Nangka, with a fully-equipped kitchen and outside dinning area, tropical garden and swimming pool.

Sleeping: Shared rooms

Food: 3 meals a day on project days

Working week: Tuesday to Saturday

Transport: In country transportation and return boat ticket from Bali / Lombok to Gili Air.


Volunteers can add extra opportunities to their experience (for an extra fee):

  • Freediving: Take a 3-day course and learn to dive to 20m on a single breath.
  • Community Education: The Gili Shark Trust collaborates with The Pelita Foundation. Join for a weekend and help the children of Lombok to improve their English, join their surf lessons and share life and leadership skills.


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