Are you looking for the ultimate holiday adventure in Indonesia?  Join our shark conservation team on Gili Air and become a researcher! We’re a dedicated group of marine biologists, instructors, social media experts and entrepeneurs, taking care of marine conservation and shark research around the Gili Islands in Indonesia.

We offer packages from 2 weeks upwards including 8 dives a week, your PADI Scientific Diver Course, PADI Aware Shark Specialty , accommodation in a beautiful boutique hotel, breakfast on project days, and a lot of knowledge about shark research and marine life.
You’ll be a full part of our research team, helping to support marine conservation and the local community on Gili Air. Besides our work for shark conservation, we have several projects on land and in the water, to support the local community and create a plastic-free paradise. We are working closely together with national and international organizations and universities.


We Are Looking For You!

The Gili Shark Conservation Project is an international marine research center that host researchers, scientist and oceans lovers from all over the world.  A home to people that want to make the world a little bit more beautiful.

Our mission is to protect and restore the coral reef environment within the Gili Matra Marine Recreational Reserve and to help to create the first recognized shark nursery ground in Indonesia by 2025.

To achieve our goal we conduct research using multiple research methods including; underwater roving video surveillance, roving survey dives, photographic identification, coral health index surveys, coral restoration, manta tow surveys, and land & marine based time-lapse projects. Through our weekly conservation classes at the local school and our Plastic Free Paradise Campaign we educate the local community and visitors of the Gili Islands about the importance of our ocean and what we can do to protect it.


Make Your Next Holiday Count

We are always looking for enthusiastic people who want to live in paradise and make a difference during their holiday. Help the sharks and the community of Gili Air by giving your time and love. You don’t need to be a shark expert or a diver to join our project, however a passion and commitment to shark conservation is important. We appreciate all the unique skills that you can bring to our project and welcome people of every corner of the globe.

Throughout the whole year we have 10 spots available in our research team. Apply today and get to work with a passionate group of marine scientists, instructors, social media experts, and entrepreneurs from around the world!


About Our Program

We host participants from around the world for a minimum of 2 weeks. On average, people stay between 3-8 weeks to get fully involved and give back to the project. The ages of our participants are anywhere from 18-60! But the average is mid-twenties. We are all working very closely together and have a team/family-like atmosphere at the project. You will be a critical member of the team and may be in charge of various data collection projects depending on your interests, goals, and length of stay.

During your stay with us you will learn how to dive / improve your dive skills, become a PADI Scientific Diver, and a PADI Shark Conservation Specialist. We teach you everything you need to know about our research methods, how to set up and monitor a coral restoration project,  how to analyze and input data, and much more! 

We dive twice every morning (except on Sundays), so you will be doing eight dives a week. In the afternoons, you will attend workshops on our research methods, conduct data input and analysis, and attend community activies like beach clean ups, underwater clean ups and work on our Plastic Free Paradise Campaign.

We want to inspire you to leave your mark on the world. Know that you can achieve anything you set out to. No dream is unattainable, and the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.


What Is Included In Our Program?

The Gili Shark Conservation Package is a complete holiday package. You will receive:

· PADI AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty Course
· PADI Scientific Diver Distinctive Specialty Course
· If you stay 3 weeks or more, your PADI Open Water Diver Course or your next level of certification ( PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course or PADI Rescue Diver Course).
· Coral ID book + Indicator Species Guide + Scientific Diver Equipment book
· Entry ticket for the Gili Matra Marine Park
· 8 dives a week including rental equipment and guides
· Shared accommodation in a beautiful secret hidden getaway: Villa Nangka
· Breakfast during project days (Sunday till Thursday)
· In-country transportation by our lovely drivers Wayan & Kadek
· Return boat ticket from Bali / Lombok to Gili Air
· Program T’ shirt
· Visa Support


Apply Today

We would love to get to know you better and see if you are a good fit for our research team. We will review your application and give you a response within two working days of your submission. Would you like to become a PADI Divemaster while you join our research team? We have the ultimate package for you! Mention on your application form that you are interested in our Divemaster Intership program, and we will send you more information. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We're always happy to help!