Giving back to the ocean
So imagine you just bought this amazing property on a small tropical island and you get the opportunity to use this property to give something back to the world.
“For us buying the place where we fell in love and which we call our home away from home was a dream come true. Not only because it gave us the opportunity to offer people a unique place to stay on Gili Air but also because it gave us the opportunity to give something back to this island that gave so much to us.”
In 2016 we started our beloved Gili Shark Conservation Project and we came along way since then. Our mission is to promote shark conservation efforts through education and research. We are collecting abundance data from around the three Gili Islands. With this data we we want to build a case strong enough to propose to the government to make the Gili Matra Marine Reserve the first recognized shark nursery ground in Indonesia.
To achieve this, we are gathering scientific data to prove that this area is in fact a shark nursery. We have 1 year left to gather this data before the policy makers reexamine the parameters of the Gili Matra Marine Reserve. We have multiple projects that work towards this goal including underwater video surveillance, roving survey dives, photographic identification, and time lapse projects.
Plastic Free Paradise
“For us, it’s not just about the marine life and sharks, we also care about the environment. We want to create awareness for the use of single-use-plastic and reduce the amount that’s being used on the Gili Islands.
We created the campaign Plastic Free Paradise to help the Gili Islands to become plastic free! Our aim is to educate locals as well as tourist and provide information about how you can leave nothing but footprints on beautiful Gili Air.”
Our #PlasticFreeParadise campaign is a wholehearted project that we’re keep building up with new ideas. If you would like to be a part of our campaign or if you have a brilliant idea that you would like to share with us, don’t hesitate to send us a message! Below a list of some of the things we’ve been doing so far.
- We are going to the school every Saturday at 7.30 AM to teach the children all about the world of conservation.
- We created a network of more than 75 water refill stations where people can refill their bottle for free or a small fee.
- We offer a free #PlasticFreeParadise training for all businesses on Gili Air. During this training we will explain (in Bahasa Indonesia) why plastic pollution is a problem and offer solutions how we can keep our beautiful island green & clean.
- Together with the businesses on Gili Air we’re organizing regular beach clean-ups as well as underwater clean-ups for divers.
Make your next holiday count
Would you like to make a real difference and join our research team in paradise? Apply here. You’ll be a full part of our research team, helping to support marine conservation and the local community on Gili Air. Don’t forget: Your life is your message to the world, make sure its inspiring.