Sustainable Travel: Take only Pictures, Leave only Footprints

As travelling becomes accessible to more and more people, more and more locations across the world are vulnerable to the impact of mass tourism, which has undoubtfully a strong impact on the environment and can influence forever local biodiversity, local culture and the experience of future visitors. Indonesia and the Gili Islands are no exception and the environment has changed dramatically due to massive tourism-related investments and the increasing presence of international visitors.

A data trove to support a hoped-for shark sanctuary in Indonesia

The sun is rising behind Mount Rinjani as a group of divers boards a boat to Shark Point, a spot popular among sea turtles and reef sharks on the north side of this small island in the Gili Matra marine preserve. They are going on a survey dive to record sightings of the sea creatures, with the hope this data will support the effort to establish Indonesia’s first shark sanctuary — a fully protected marine area where all commercial fishing, possession and trade of shark species and their products are prohibited.

Saving Sharks

  A new type of marine protected area is spreading around the globe: sharks sanctuaries. Created with the aim to protect the shark population from illegal fishing, they have become an attraction for divers of any age, who travel to dive with these magnificent predators. Tropical countries such as Palau, Maldives and Bahamas have converted […]

Gili Shark Foundation

Gili Shark Foundation – Making the Gilis a safe haven for sharks! Gili Shark Foundation – Pour un refuge des requins aux Gilis! With a degree in marine environmental science and wide work experience in marine conservation and environment social education in Southeast Asia, Richard came to Gili Trawangan five years ago to work as […]

Circus Show at Gili Air primary school!

I love coming to relax in Gili Air in between my professional juggling trainings, playing fire on the beach and meeting many motivated young local boys and girls who are into juggling and fire performing. A bit for fun, a bit to give back to this amazing community who welcomes me and my friends every […]