Cats are all around at Gili Air. Local people are very fond of cats and every family has a pet or two. Same goes for Oceans 5 as well. We have four official dive cats, Lazy, Rakker, Puti and Charlie.
Lazy and Rakker are brothers, and get along quite well. Lazy spends the days wandering around the frontyard of the dive shop, constantly monitoring if someone is having breakfast or lunch. When he spots a meal he makes it very clear that he thinks that a part of the meal belongs to him by sitting on the table and slowly pushing his nose closer to the plate.
Rakker is a bit more rougher. He can usually be found from across the street where he lies in the shade by the moneychanger´s office. Only when someone is filling the foodplate for the cats in the diveshop he stands up and walks majestetically in to have his supper, often together with Lazy.
Puti means “white” in Bahasa, the official Indonesian language. Puti is also the smallest and youngest of Oceans 5´s cats. Puti likes to be inside where she often sleeps at the reception counter during the day. In the morning Puti is sometimes very playfull attacking everything that moves and having fights with her own shadow.
Last one is Charlie, a male cat who got his name after Charlie Brown, because of his colour. Charlie is the quiet one, not making much of a fuss about anything, just taking it easy and letting the island life pass by without any disturbance.
All the cats are completely spoiled by both personnel and dive guests. No wonder the cats occasionally just sniff a piece of chicken given to them, raise their heads, take a few steps and lie down to take a nap, as that is what cats do best!
(c) Kimmo Pekari 2015