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.
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.
With a population of over 250 million, a fast-growing economy and a unique geography, in Indonesia the challenge to meet the growing demand in electricity is tough.
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 […]
Probably one the ocean most famous animals, sharks are a very diverse group of fish. There are hundreds of shark species, many of which are record-holders for being the biggest, the fiercest or the fastest animal of the underwater world. From fierce tiger sharks to peaceful and giant whale sharks, tiny dwarf lanternsharks, funny […]
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 […]
It is no wonder that the Gilis are becoming a popular yoga destination. Stunning ocean views, colourful striped skies profiling Mount Rinjani and Mount Agung at sunrise and sunset and the natural setting make the Gilis an inspiring place to practice. Many remarkable yoga schools scattered around the three islands offer classes that cater for […]
In this month of Ramadan, or bulan puasa as it is known in Bahasa Indonesia, we would like to pay hommage to the space of worship that represents Islam and where all Muslim meet on Fridays to pray: the Mosque. Places of prayer, of gathering and of prostration before Allah, mosques across the world are […]
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 […]