Trawangan Dive offers an innovative program aimed at restoring their reefs. The reef restoration program is designed for gap year students, students looking for thesis and dissertation topics, people on career breaks and anyone interested in more than your average vacation! The project welcomes students from around the world to join in! Certain areas of shallow water corals around the Gili Islands have suffered damage by combinations of coral heatstroke, disease, land-based sewage, global sea level rising, over-fishing and direct physical damage. Restoration of degraded reefs and coastal habitats on a scale that makes a difference must be an active environmental priority and not an afterthought. A revolutionary new technology called Biorock® can make this possible. The Biorock® Process involves a submerged steel structure that applies a safe low-voltage electrical current. Small pieces of live broken coral are then strapped to the structure and have been shown to grow at 3-5 times the normal rate while coral survival under higher water temperatures and pollution increased by 16 to 50 times.
The Gili Islands are the second largest Biorock® site in the world, currently home to 63 Biorock® structures and have hosted International Reef Restoration Training Workshops. The reef restoration project is coordinated by the Gili Eco Trust which works closely with the DKP (Indonesian Marine Conservation and Fisheries). Head of the Gili Eco Trust is Delphine Robbe who oversees the Biorock project around the Gili Islands and here at Trawangan Dive for more information visit www.giliecotrust.com. Since 2004 when the first Biorock® reef was installed many development and research students from Indonesian and other Universities around the world have come to study the Biorock® reef restoration project as part of their Thesis or Masters Degree. Our hope is to continue these projects and make the Gili Islands a global centre for coral research and re-growth.
Trawangan Dive offers a variety of training programs wherein students and volunteers would receive diver training from Open Water to Divemaster and the Biorock Specialty course. During their training they would learn about coral biology and environmental threats, be trained how to coral garden, survey, conserve, maintain the exciting Biorock® and finally design, weld and submerge their own Biorock® structure.
Students must have a minimum certification of Advanced Open Water to enroll in the 2 week program, but it only takes five days to complete both the PADI Open Water and Advanced courses. During the 2 weeks students will complete the Biorock® Specialty course as well as gaining further knowledge and experience in reef survey techniques and coral gardening. At the end of this program students will work together to create their own Biorock®. This program is tailored to you allowing you, it allows you to chose the time frame and the PADI courses you want to do. This can be from the Open Water course through to the Instructor levels as well as a multitude of other specialities. Please feel free to email us at
with your specific requirements so we can tailor a package for you.
February 1st - 15th
April 1st - 15th
June 26th- July 9th October 1st - 15th
2 Week Biorock® Specialty Course: 6,000,000 IDR
After your first PADI course you will receive 10% discount on any further courses you wish to do!
Further Program Details:
Students would spend the majority of their stay on conservation efforts from the time their Rescue Diver training is completed. They would be diving 2 times per day 6 days per week with 1 day off. For those in the 10 weeks Divemaster program, once the Rescue Diver trainng is complete, the students spend half their day with Divemaster studies and the other half on conservation efforts. In addition to this the students will have lectures followed by a practical application dives (when applicable) on the following topics:
Coral gardening which includes removal of obvious threats, overturning broken corals, coral collection to be tied on Biorock® structures, cementing of shifting rumble, cleaning algae off the reefs, etc. Please note that many of the dives will be concentrated on this topic and the students will regularly dive different areas helping to improve the condition of the reef both natural and artificial with the use of continued coral gardening.
Coral survey techniques and the submission of data to PADI's Coral Watch is the other large portion of dives. Using the grid method of collecting data, students will learn how to identify and measure naturally growing corals and compare the data to that of the Biorock® artificial reefs.
In addition to this students will decide on a design for their own Biorock®. They will be taught how to weld and create the structure, wire the power source and submerge the Biorock® structure based on the best possible positioning for success. They will attach the coral that they collected from the gardening efforts and photo document each piece of coral at its beginning stages. They will also photo document the existing Biorock® structure for submission to The Global Coral Reef Alliance.
Details regarding Transfers and Visas:
Students would be required to book their own flights into Denpasar Bali. They will be picked up from the airport and taken to their hotel. The cost of the accommodation in Bali is the students responsibility and we will work with them to book the room they would like based of their budget preference as well as length of stay. Students will be picked up from their hotel the morning of their departure to the Gili Islands and taken via fast boat directly to Gili Trawangan where they will be met in the harbor and brought to Trawanagan Dive.
Visa's for those staying in Indonesia for longer than 30 days must be obtained BEFORE they enter the country. We will work with the students to arrange the necessary visa's before they arrive.
Resort Location: Trawangan Dive Resort Gili Trawangan Main Beach Road Lombok - NTB Indonesia
Postal Address: Trawangan Dive Resort C/O Blue Marlin Dive Holiday Inn Jl. Raya Senggigi Lombok - NTB Indonesia
Contact Details: Tel: +62 (0) 370 6149 220 Enquiries:
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