After six weeks of no under world adventures it was an absolute breathe of fresh air to arrive at the Ocean 5 Dive Resort on Gili Air in Indonesia. After a flight cancelation due to the volcanic activity on Lombok, we had to change our travel plans in order to cater for the deep desire to dive in the Gili’s. With a few minor changes we finally arrived on Gili Air a few days later. For anyone who has not yet been to the Gili Islands, you should try to make the journey as I can guarantee you this is the destination that you can just kick back and unwind. Island time is definitely present here because time moves much slower!
After settling on the island we made our way over to the Oceans 5 Dive Resort to check in with their staff for what would be our base for the next 5 days of adventure. The Dive Resort is situated on prime real estate right in front of the Gili Air pier where all boats arrive from the other islands and mainland. This dive resort oozes such a cool and relaxed vibe and if I were to open one myself it would be done exactly the same way as Oceans 5. The outdoor area offers all guests of the dive shop and resort a café named ‘Coffee & Thyme’, small boutique stores, big pool, a central bar and numerous options for seating from the large picnic tables, to bean bags or pool chairs there is something to meet your needs.
Oceans 5 Dive Resort further offers Aqua Yoga Classes for those who are looking for the body-mind-spirit connection and freediving courses for those looking to challenge themselves.
The Oceans 5 Dive Resort is a 5 Star IDC PADI operated dive centre that offers a full range of PADI courses from beginner to divemaster and professional levels at an affordable price. The Resort further offers 10 stunning pool bungalows and garden rooms which have views across the pool and out to the ocean. With the location being so central and the island so small it’s in a great spot to access everything you will need throughout your stay on the island.
We met with the Oceans 5 Dive Resort staff who operated very professionally and did everything they could to accommodate for all of our needs during our stay. Ocean 5 offer 3 fun dives per day, which are conducted at 8:30am, 11:30am and 2:00pm. There is also the option for night dives, but these are on request. As the dive sites are maximum 25 minutes away, it’s only a one-dive boat trip which means less time on the boat more time in the water.
A Day Of Diving:
After arriving at the dive shop early in the morning the office staff introduced us to our local dive guide for the day. He then took us to size up and set up our gear for the dive. This process was extremely stress free with our guide and other staff collecting our BCD, fins, regulator, tank, mask, wetsuit and computers ensuring these were the correct size. It’s important to note that Oceans 5 Dive Resort ensure safety and all of there gear is of the best quality and regularly serviced and maintained.
After setting up the gear, we took a seat with our dive guide who let us know which of the 17 dive sites across the Gili Islands we would be diving. The guide informed us of what we could expect to see and a rough dive plan referring to the map of the dive site. As a group, we went over the signs and signals for marine life and safety under the water to make sure everyone is knowledgeable and comfortable for the fun dive.
Before we knew it, we were climbing aboard the dive boat and heading out to the dive site. Onboard the boat there is emergency oxygen and free water to drink before and after the dive to stay hydrated. On arrival at the dive site we suited up, buddy checked as a group then entered the water individually and descended as a group.
On your dives you can expect to see all kinds of marine life in all kinds of settings. From sandy bottoms to wrecks, there is so much on offer across the Gili Islands. Here are a few things you may spot on your dives: sharks, nudibranches, trigger fish, turtles, spotted rays, eels, lion fish, sea horses, orangutan crab, numerous coral formations and octopus just to name a few. I wouldn’t want to give too much away for your dive. but let me just say the Gili Islands has been one of the best locations I have dove around the world and Oceans 5 Dive Resort’s operation and dive guides make the experience extremely memorable!
As a confident diver I still enjoy diving with a guide as the locals just have an eye to see the smallest of things that I would usually have missed. I can assure you that you are in great hands with the Ocean 5 Dive Resort guides. The ocean is their backyard and they conduct themselves in the water in a very calm manner on each and every dive.
A dive company making a difference!
Oceans 5 are trying their best to make a difference on Gili Air with an ocean clean up every few weeks. The coolest part about this ocean clean up is the fact that this is free to anyone who would like to be a part of it. Ocean 5 Dive Resort wear the cost and place you into small groups with a limit of around 45 minutes to enter the water off the beach directly in front of the resort and clean up the harbor. When we took part in the clean up between 12 people we brought up 80 kilograms of rubbish consisting of plastic, glass and household items.
It’s empowering to be a part of an ocean clean up. Even if this impacts in the smallest of ways, we were making a difference. As the staff in the Oceans 5 Dive Resort say, “If one local person sees what we are doing or asks the question, that can make the biggest of changes to the environment.”
We had such an awesome time diving with the Ocean 5 Dive Team and have definitely made some life long friends here. I highly recommend anyone looking to dive in the Gili Islands to make their way over to Oceans 5 as this company operates in such a professional, safe and welcoming manner. It’s truly a memorable experience. We will be back!
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Disclaimer: I was a guest of Oceans 5 Dive Resort in Gili Air, Indonesia in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly enjoy.