Gili Island Etiquette

Gili Island Etiquette



No bikinis on the streets

No bikinis on the streets


Why do you want to travel to the Gili Islands in Indonesia? Just like a lot of people you are probably want to discover tropical places and different cultures, open your mind, your heart and have fun. When travelling, it is important to blend in and respect the local populations we are visiting so that we don’t offend anyone and fully live the experience of travelling abroad.

So if you are coming to visit the tropical paradise of the Gili Islands, please note a few local dos and donts to help you have a happy stay:


– In the local culture, it is very rude to point with the feet, so if you need to show something, use your hands

– When giving or receiving something, when eating or touching use your right hand. The left hand is used for other businesses…

– Remove your shoes when entering a building and wait to be invited to sit if you are a guest.

– Smiling and having fun happen naturally when on holiday. Some situations can sometimes be a little frustrating or tiring. Try and deal with these keeping a smile on, the issue will be resulted much easier. Shouting and screaming are very counterproductive and rarely brings a solution. Just keep smiling!

Dress Codes:

As most of the population on the Gili Islands and being located in Asia and mostly muslim, the dress codes here are very different than in the western world. People are modest and cover their body and sometimes their head. Of course as tourists, we are not expected to dress the same way, but we are expected to be respectful! There are signs around the islands, which keep on being ignored. So please be aware!!

– When walking around the island and in villages, tourists need to wear clothes, shorts and t-shirts are good, bikinis are not. When in doubt, put it on!

– On the beach or on a dive boat, bikini and swimwear are accepted, please do note that being topless or wearing very small and revealing bikinis or G-strings are not. So please cover your bits!

We hope that this blog with help you enjoy your holiday and the tropical paradise to the fullest. Please do get in touch on for any further information on etiquette or scuba diving at all levels. Happy Holiday!!

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PADI Divemaster Simone: her story

PADI Divemaster Simone:her story!

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On beachy sand, close to Gili Air’s pier, Lombok, Indonesia, stands a remarkable building. With the palmtrees, tropical coffee bar and swimming pool in the back, seemed this the perfect place for me to spend a couple of months. I welcome you to the dive shop, and my second home, Oceans 5 Dive Resort.

I am Simone, 23 years old and a proud Dutchy! Last couple of months I’ve had the pleasure of doing my Divemaster Candidateship (DMC) in Oceans 5 Dive Resort. I’d already been fun diving with them in November and instantly felt comfortable and happy. So it wasn’t a tough decision to choose a place to do my DMC.

When I arrived in January I was quite blank, I was an advanced open water diver and had 18 dives, but they took good care of me. We started with working on my dive numbers and dive techniques by just making a lot of dives, next to that we also did my EFR and Rescue course and even the Nitrox speciality. In this time we got a lot of workshops and started working on general diving skills. Luckily for me there were a lot of other DMC’s doing the same thing. This helped in so many ways, from just having a good time all together to helping each other out with certain assignments.

PADI Divemaster training at Oceans 5 dive resort Gili Air in Indonesia
During my whole divemaster the instructors at Oceans 5 Dive Resort were all very helpful and competent, with each instructor having his or hers own talents and expertise. Of course different people cause different opinions but also more knowledge. Two know more than one right?! It’s a good thing that Oceans 5 Dive Resort let you work with all those different people so that in the end you have seen a lot of different ways to work and act.
In general I can fully say that the people working in Oceans 5 Dive Resort take a lot of time for you, that they work in a really professional and PADI correct way and that it’s just a nice team and place to be. I really enjoyed my time here and the most important thing is that I can say that I’ve grown a lot in this experience. In the end I’m excited to be at the start of my dive adventure and ready to learn more and more, building on everything I’ve learned so far. Thank you Oceans 5, it has been awesome!
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Giny’s PADI CDTC experience

My PADI CDTC experience

After years of teaching diving at all levels throughout the world, I started the road to the PADI Course Director Training Course in 2014. Sander Buis and Joeri van Hal were great mentors in Oceans 5 Dive Resort in Gili Air, Indonesia and cannot thank them enough for their support. The CDTC is a course for PADI Master Instructors who meet the requirements and have gone through a thorough application process. When successful, the CDTC Candidates become Course Directors and can conduct Instructor Development Courses (IDC) independently and thus, be part of the elite scuba diving instructor trainer community.

PADI CDTC Open Water Dives

I arrived a couple of days before the course started in mid March 2016 to have some time to explore the beautiful region of Sabbah, Malaysia. Once acclimatized, I was ready to embark on the 9 day journey driven by the team of highly experienced and qualified PADI evaluation staff. They guided us through a journey to the Elite!! The course was hosted in the beautiful setting of the Shangri La Hotel in Kota Kinabalu. The hotel is spacious enough to accommodate all the candidates and served us amazing food at lunch and snacks throughout the days. Borneo Divers, the dive shop located in the hotel, took exceptional good care of all of us during the pool and the open water sessions. The latters were held on the gorgeous tropical Mamutik island which gave us all a nice break from the classroom sessions.


Each day, the 42 candidates from over 20 countries and divided in 6 teams, played different roles in various environments: the IDC student role giving IDC presentation in the classroom, in the confined water and in the open water; and the evaluator’s role, role the Course Director has during the IDC. Evaluations on our evaluations were given to us each day, so that we could all progress in the areas we needed. This part of the course, of constantly being evaluated was a little stressful at first for me but throughout the days, as I got to know my teammates and build confidence and managed to relax more and more. During the course, a part of each day was spent in a conference room where, in turn, the PADI team gave us presentations on various topics, thus delivering great tools for teaching at the highest level. The Psychology of Evaluation presentation was one of the most fascinating for me as I have used a lot of psychology through my teachings over the years to get the messages through to students with very different personalities, issues and abilities.

PADI CDTC Open Water Dives

Each team was given a mission at the beginning of the course: build a Dive Operation and attract James Morgan, PADI Americas “Vice President of Training and Customer Service” to do an IDC with this Dive Operation. After many team meetings and brainstorming sessions and utilizing all of our newly acquired skills, Team Hamachi won the final contest of the CDTC!!! We won James’ heart. I felt it was a great team building exercise; we put all of our skills together, broke the language barriers and learnt a lot from each other. Team Hamachi was made of 3 Japanese, 1 Singaporean, 1 American, 1 New Zealander and 1 French. After 9 fun days building skills, team spirit and friendships, PADI put on a great show to reward the hard work of the 42 of us! After an early evening aperitif in the gardens of the Shangri La, the show started!!!! Local dancers invaded the room and got us all to participate to the local Magunatip dance, or bamboo stick dance.   We all laughed a lot as we got our ankles caught between the bamboos and worked up an appetite for the delicious buffet which was served afterwards. Finally, the graduation ceremony started, each of us coming to collect our Course Director diploma from the amazing PADI team. I could feel the support of the whole room and of my team as I collected my reward and the joy of having achieved a big step in my career as a scuba dive professional.


Now it is time to put all the lessons into practice and start a new journey as I start teaching the IDCs in Oceans 5 Dive Center, Gili Air, Indonesia, and guess what? I am super excited!!
Are you thinking of becoming a dive professional and live on a tropical island? For more information in English, French, Spanish or Dutch, please contact me on and visit

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How is Dimitris PADI IDC going?

Mijn indruk van Oceans 5 en de PADI IDC

PADI IDC at Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesia.jpg


Toe ik aankwam op het eiland had geen idee wat ik kon verwachten. Oceans 5 is een prachtig resort met een professionele duikschool. Ik werd hartelijk ontvangen wanneer ik mij aanmelde voor de IDC. De lessen zijn super en leerlijk.

Onze course director, Joeri Van Hal is zeer hulpzame en directe persoon, die zijn tijd in zijn studenten steekt om er het beste uit te halen. Wat hem een zeer bekwaam leerkracht maakt.

In het begin had ik mijn twijfels of instructor zijn wel iets voor mij was. Maar nu halverwege voel ik mij goed en ook meer zelfvertrouwen dat ik de IE zal aankunnen. Mededankzij mijn medestudenten; Dayana and Juan. En onze staff instructor Tin. En uiteraard door Joeri.

Ik hoop op een goed einde voor ons allemaal, maar hoe het er nu uit ziet, moeten we ons daar niet te veel over zorgen maken. Joeri stoomt ons goed klaar voor de IE.

We can do this! Bedankt Oceans 5 en Joeri!

Dimitri Maes

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Why should we dive with Nitrox?

Enriched Air Nitrox specialty and instructor specialty courses at Oceans 5 Dive Resort.


Oceans 5 offers both Enriched Air Nitrox (EANX) specialty and instructor specialty courses





What is EANX?


EANX or better known simply as Nitrox is a gasmix with a higher oxygen concentration compared to air. In the diving industry we say that air consists of 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. A Nitrox gasmix would be any mix with a concentration of oxygen higher than 21%.

 nitrox course at dive resort oceans 5


Why diving on EANX?


The time divers can spend at the bottom depends on a few variables:

The first one is gasconsumption. Unfortunately Nitrox doesn’t change anything about our breathing. The gasconsumption, compared to air, will be exactly the same, keeping environmental changes in mind.

nitrox course at dive resort oceans 5 gili air in indonesia.jpg

The second variable is nitrogen intake. Divers are limited in bottomtime depending on the amount of nitrogen in the body. By means of tables and dive computers, dives can be planned so that divers stay within the set limits of their maximum nitrogen intake.

nitrox courses in indonesia.jpg


Because of the higher oxygen concentration in a Nitrox mix, naturally the concentration of nitrogen is lower compared to air. A lower concentration of nitrogen means that divers take less nitrogen in during their dives, which results in the ability to plan longer bottom times while staying within limits. As divers, don’t we all want to stay as long as possible underwater? Well, here you have the number one reason why divers should dive on nitrox!





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The pre dive safety check

How did you learn the pre dive safety check?

One of the first things we teach in the Open Water Course is to check that all the equipment is ready and in working order to ensure a safe and comfortable dive. We teach it using the acronym BWRAF or Begin With Review And Friends.
There are some funny ways to remember this, and many different phrases have emerged around the world, such as
Bruce Willis Rules/Ruins All/Action Films
Breakfast With Rice And Fish
British/Belgium Women Really Are Fantastic
Blond/Brunette Women Really Are Fun
Because We Really Aren’t Fish
Bangkok Women Really Are Fellows/Fake
Being Wary Reduces All Failure
Before we will go in the water we will always start with our pre dive safety check. Make it as a common habit. Remember diving is all about safety, you as a diver doesn’t want to have any failure underwater. And to avoid most of the underwater failures we check all our equipment before we go in the water.
So let’s recap:
B – BCD:  Check it inflates, deflates, oral inflates and check the dump valves delicately
W – Weights: Check you have them, the right amount.  If on a weight belt, check it is right hand release and the weights are evenly distributed.
R – Releases:  Check all the releases are done up and safely clipped, shoulder straps, front straps, tank strap(s) and buckle
A – Air – Take 2 deep breaths from both regulators (the main and the alternate air source) whilst looking at the pressure gauge needle.  Make sure the needle doesn’t move.  Check how much air you have.
F – Final OK: Check fins, mask, computer, any other equipment needed for the dive, Check you are fit and fine for the dive.
Due to the configuration of our boats, we, at Oceans5 Dive Resort, Gili Air, Indonesia teach our students to do the pre-dive safety check on themselves.  It can also be performed from a buddy to another.
Also  if you are certified as diver, take your time to do a pre dive safety check.Remember it is your dive, not the dive of the guide. And you like to be safe underwater?
How did you learn it and what phrase can you come up with?
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Road to the PADI CDTC

The road to the PADI CDTC

written by Giny Pinto, PADI Master Instructor at Dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air

About a year ago, the exciting road of the CDTC or PADI Course Director Training Course started for me when I took the PADI IDC Staff Instructor course with Sander Buis at Oceans 5 Dive Resort, Gili Air, Indonesia.

The course offered the challenges I needed after so many years of teaching recreational diving. It taught me to approach the teachings of diving from a different angle, teaching people who already have a professional understanding of this activity. Being part of the team during a whole IDC or Instructor Decelopment Course, I re-learnt to do various presentations 12 years after my own IDC and how to evaluate the candidates.

I have the chance to work at Oceans 5 Dive Resort on Gili Air, a tropical island close to Lombok in Indonesia, where we offer one IDC per month. This gave me the opportunity to assist and practice evaluating the students as well as giving some IDC presentations to the IDC candidates during each course. It also gave me the opportunity to experience different styles of teachings by assisting 3 different PADI Course Directors (Sander Buis, Joeri Van Hal and Assar Manuswin).

Some of the most rewarding moments, are the time candidates pass their Instructor Exam. The joy of all the hard work is so good to see on their faces!!

After assisting 4 IDC’s in Dive Resort Oceans 5, I applied for the PADI Master Instructor, which was easily accepted with all the experience and exposure to the professional diving I have had in the last 13 years.

The end of November 2015 was a key date for me and more then 100 other applicants to the Malaysian PADI Course Director Training Course for March 2016: the final application had to be sent in! After an informative chat with Colin Melrose, Manager, Instructor Development at PADI in July, I started collecting all the necessary information and working on my Action Plan which reflects the marketing route for me to follow in the next few years. I was helped along the way by my mentor Sander Buis and PADI Regional Manager Paul Tanner. I handed everything in on time and the patience game was on until 15th January. I will remember this day for the rest of my life! Early in the morning I received an email from PADI, my heart was pounding, reading the line announcing that I got accepted for the PADI CDTC, that will change my professionaldiving career!!!

I am so ready and I really look forward to the coming challenges ahead!

If you like to know more about PADI Instructor Courses at Dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air, write us an email: or visit our website:


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Diving during rainy season

Dive resort Oceans 5 Gili Air and the island during rainy season
Oceans 5 caters fundivers and organises courses, including IDC’s (Instructor Development Courses), the whole year round.

Wet season arrives roughly somewhere in November and ends start of May, with the occasional rain showers in the month after. Because of their geographic location, the Gili Islands enjoy a very comfortable micro climate. The rainclouds tend to pass over as they get drawn towards the big volcanoes on Lombok, which results in a maximum of 2h of rain on average a day.
During this time the islands turns into a lush, green place where wildlife flourishes. You hear the mating calls from our resident Tokeh Tokeh’s (big gecko’s) around sunset, baby monitor lizards playing around in swimming pools, butterflies dancing and our tropical birds feeding their newborns.

The water temperature in the ocean stays fairly constant (27-30), with a slight drop of visibility due to all the nutrients coming in when our currents shift occassionally. This brings a big behavioural change in our marine eco system. Plenty of food to go by for all the species we have around the Gili’s. You can see fry and fingerlings feeding in great numbers, which provides food for some bigger fish and the ball starts rolling. The result is divers enjoying eventful dives with a lot of action.
Our macrolife also has its share of all the riches this time of the year, which makes the islands perfect for photographers during rainy season.
And last but not least we have whalesharks, manta rays and devil rays passing by on occasion to feed on all the goodies. While there is never any guarantee to see them, rainy season is where you have the best chance of spotting them.

This time of the year brings changes, and these changes are welcome every year! Its amazing how a bit of water can change both the look of the island, and everything and everyone that lives on and around the islands.
Come and experience a green lush paradise where diving will stun you. Sign up for a course if you’re not a diver yet, book fundives with our amazing local guides who will take you on a tour in their underwater backyard or sign up for your IDC if you would like to teach people how to dive in places like Gili Air.

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Diving around the Gilis

Diving around the Gilis

Diving around the Gili Islands has everything what a divers like to see.

The Gili Islands, just 2 hours by fast boat way from Bali is the ultimate holiday destination for 2016. Just after a time when everyone was celebrating X-mad and New Years, it is time to look a bit further and make the decision where you like be during your summer holidays.

In the recent year Indonesia became a more and more tourist country. It is not only that Indonesia became relative cheap, because of the exchange rate. But Indonesia has everything to offer for a holiday.



Indonesia has sun, sea, beaches, forrest, mountains, jungle, rivers, oceans, culture, nice  food, and more…. You as holiday planner can make your own style of holiday.

If you are planning your holiday than think about the Gili Islands. The Gili Islands are located at North West side of Lombok. The Gili Islands has the combination of culture, relaxing and watersports.

The most relaxing part of the Gilis is that is doesn’t have motorized transport. The local taxi is the horse cart, Cidomo. Otherwise you can walk the island by food of by bike.

if you never dived before! This is your change to dive in crystal clear water with turtles!


Dive resort Oceans 5 Gili Air

The Gili Islands are surrounded by crystal blue water. And there is a reason why the Gilis are called the “Turtle Capital of the World”. There is a high chance to see a turtle during your dive or snorkeling trip.



One of the best ways to get involved in the underwater world is to start a scuba diving course at the Gili Islands. Oceans 5 starts every day all PADI dive courses in small groups. Our instructors are trained at Oceans 5 and they are experienced in teaching and handling the situations around the Gilis.

Oceans 5 had 3 diving boats, fully equipped by emergency equipment, emergency oxygen and first aid kit. These boats are going every day 3 times out for a dive. And the come back after the dive to the dive shop.



Oceans 5 is awarded by PADI for this quality and that reflects that Oceans 5 is PADI 5 star Career Development Center, the highest ranking for a PADI dive resort.

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Scuba Instructor Course in the Gili Islands

Scuba Instructor Course

Diving is fantastic, especially is it will be your work. You will exchange the office work and hours with a office underwater. This office is amazing. You are going to like it so much that you want that everyone knows about the underwater beauty.

Dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air will help you to transform your life to a PADI Scuba Instructor. Ever month Oceans 5 has a scuba instructor course starting with PADI Course Directors Joeri van Hal and Sander Buis.

The course is a 12-13 days program, where the candidates will be taught to become a dive instructor by using the latest PADI teaching techniques. And Oceans 5 is not for a reason a PADI Career Development Center, the highest raking of a PADI Dive center.

Oceans 5 is famous for its excellent PADI Instructor Development facilities!

PADI Instructor Development Facilities

PADI IDC Gili Eilands met Duik Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesie

If you like to been trained as a PADI Instructor you would like to feel confident, comfortable, relax and that the PADI Course Director has a person connection with you.

Oceans 5 stands for all of this. Oceans 5 teaches PADI IDCs in small groups, covering most of the languages of the candidates. We cover English, Dutch, French, Spanish and German. This means the candidates can ask any question in their language, so the explanations will be more easier.

Scuba Instructor Course at Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesia

Another benefit of the facilities of Oceans 5 is the in the resort situated huge IDC classroom. The classroom has a huge flat screen, Apple TV so you can follow the presentations on you Ipad, Mac, IPhone or just watching the TV. The classroom as air conditioners, a coffee corner and all the candidates have enough space for all their materials to prepare and follow the PADI IDC without an headache where they have to put their stuff.

Straight from the classroom there is a especially designed Instructor Development Course training pool. The pool is 20 meter long, 5 meters width, with a min depth of 1,5 meter and maximum depth of 2,2 meters. The pool is perfect for all skill training during the Instructor training course.

Oceans 5 dive resort has also a bar, where the candidates will have a drink after every IDC day, a restaurant, where the candidates have their free lunch and a coffee bar with excellent coffee and cakes.

Dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air

Dive resort Oceans 5 is established in 2010 by Sander Buis, also a PADI Course Director and DDI Instructor Trainer. In a few year Oceans 5 grew up to a PADI Career Development Center and DDI Instructor Training Center.

Oceans 5 is still developing. Oceans 5 will be one of the first dive centers in Indonesia where people can start the PADI Free Diving Courses from beginner till instructor level.

And Oceans 5 is taking care of the environment by organizing every Friday a beach or reef clean up. Also Oceans 5 is a partner with Shark Guardian and a Reef Check facility.

Location of Oceans 5

Oceans 5 is located on a beautiful island named Gili Air. Straight from the landing places of the fast boats you will find Oceans 5.  Oceans 5 has a huge open area with coffee bars and tables for a relaxing atmosphere.

Gili Air is part of the Gili Islands. And you will find the Gili Island on the North West side of Lombok, just 2 hours away by fast boat from Bali.

Gili Air doesn’t have any motorized transportation on the Island. Our local taxi is a horse cart or you can go around the island by foot or by bike.

If you like to have more information about the PADI Scuba Instructor Course at Oceans 5 Gili Air write us an email at or visit our facebook page:




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