Since we’ve been in Gili Air, I’ve tackled my SSI Open Water Diving Certification, Advanced Open Water Diving Certification, and I plan to complete the Nitrox certification before we leave on Sunday. The Advanced course is five different dives, two of which must be a deep water dive and a navigation dive. The other three are your choice. I chose a night dive because the thought of it absolutely terrified me (and it turned out to not be scary at all and my longest dive yet of 56 minutes), Nitrox dive (more O2 in your tank so you can stay deeper for longer), and an underwater photography dive. During this course, I saw a ton of cool things, my favorite being a 2.5 meter long white tip reef shark!! Unfortunately, I didn’t have the camera on that dive.
Here’s the scene. This is a map of the Gili Islands and approximate locations of several of the dive sites that I’ve been to so far. A couple of these I’ve visited on multiple occasions.
Below are some of the shots from my photography dive at a site named Han’s Reef off the coast of Gili Air.
Map Puffer Fish
Blue Spotted Stingrays
Porcupine Fish (not inflated, but you can still see the quills)
Scorpion Fish (they tend to blend in but he is highlighted in this photo and upside down)
Several Lionfish on right and bottom
Underwater selfie!! (but I couldn’t smile)
Other cool shots
Love to you all!