What Animals will I see on Gili Air?
Posted on 10/02/2018 by Brian Varon
Which animals will I see on a dive in Gili Air?
So, you are planning your next diving destination and you want to know if the Gilis are worth giving it a try. Then here are our top 5 rarest animals spotted in the Gilis so far, followed by 5 highly requested animals that we can almost guarantee on a single dive. So, if you are new to scuba diving or a well experienced scuba junkie, we will show you why you need to book your next fun dive on Gili Air right now. Alright, let’s go down with it.
Top 5 rarest spotted...
1. Mandarin fish
One of the rarest species of fish in the world can be spotted in our harbor of Gili Air! The mandarin fish has no scales, but what it lacks on scales it definitely has in color! It’s arguably the most beautiful fish in the ocean and with a bit of luck on a night dive one of our local dive guides will spot them for you.
2. Whale sharks
The largest fish in the sea has an enormous menu from which to choose. Fortunately for most sea-dwellers—and us! —their favorite meal is plankton. Although rare, these gentle giants are spotted several times a year in the waters around the Gilis. Can you imagine seeing one on your open water course!
3. Manta Rays
Manta Rays have the largest brains of all species of fish known to date and they display intelligent behavior, such as coordinated behavior and cooperative feeding. They are harmless, curious animals and one of the best experiences a diver could probably have is to dive with them.
4. Blue Ringed Octopus
This small and gorgeous octopus shows its beautiful blue rings when alarmed and it is widely regarded as one of the world's most venomous animals. However, they pose no thread if you don’t disturb them. You can find them among the reefs around the Gilis and will definitely be a highlight of a dive since they are very rare and difficult to spot.
5. Pygmy Seahorse
The Pygmy Seahorse is one of the newest species of seahorses identified. They attach to a host coral in order to survive and their coloring will blend with their surroundings. Go on a dive with Raffi, one of our local dive guides, and he will show you them at our dive site, Air Wall.
We can almost guarantee you will see these...
It is not for no reason that the Gilis are nicknamed the turtle capital of the world! Request a dive trip to our dive site Marlin Hill, and you might end up seeing 15 different on a single dive! If that does not impress you, I don’t know what else will.
For everyone doing their open-water course, finding Nemo (or clown fish) is definitely a highlight. And for a very obvious reason; its bright colors and joyful behavior makes it one of the cutest fish in the reef. You will find them hiding among the tentacles of anemone on almost every dive trip.
3. Peacock mantis shrimp
The peacock mantis shrimp is arguably one of the most captivating creatures in the sea. Its body bursting with colors, its forearms covered in spots and their protruding eyes are always out for a show. Interestingly, their highly complex eyes allow them to detect ten times more colors than humans. What is even more impressive is their ability to deliver a ‘punch’ as fast as a 22-caliber bullet, which protects them from predators. So, keep an eye out for these babes and you might find them hiding under the corals.
4. Sting rays
They are often confused as manta rays, but these cuties, unlike mantas, actually have a ‘sting’ at the end of their tail which they use to protect themselves. They prefer sandy areas where their coloration camouflages them from predatory sharks and larger rays. Request a dive trip to our dive site, Hans Reef, and you will have 85% chance of spotting one!
5. Reef Sharks
Scuba dive in our dive site Halik or Shark Point and you will have a 65% chance of spotting black tip and white tip reef sharks swimming around! Before you start panicking, they are actually very shy and will quickly swim away if you come to close. For obvious reasons these dive sites are highly requested and we try to explore them at least 6 times a week.
Come and see them yourself!
As a result, it is not without reason that Lonely Planet ranked the Gilis as hotspot number one place in the world to learn to dive! So, don’t forget to bring your underwater camera or rent one from our dive shop and you will have stunning photos to share with your friends on your Facebook page later. Email us at www.manta-dive-giliaiir.com or send us a message to our Facebook page before you arrive to receive a 10% discount on your dives and dive courses and we will see you soon here!