Learning to dive with Big Bubble was an amazing experience. For starters, the organisation of the course was great: I emailed Big Bubble a few days before arriving, so that the day after arriving in Gili T I found myself in the ocean on an Open Water course. After this, I took an Advanced Open Water course, with the instructors advising me the best optional modules to take with regards to my aims. The professional nature of the qualified instructors went a long way to making my dive experience in Gili T a comfortable and safe one.
I travelled to Gili Trawangan with the intent of volunteering for the Gili Eco Trust, with which Big Bubble works closely. For this reason I was instantly made aware of the ecological and conservation work Big Bubble is involved with, with it's contribution to the BioRocks- artificial reefs that can be found off shore in front of Big Bubble- as well as being one of the only places surrounding the harbour not to have extended its building onto the beach, preferring to plant trees there, as a barrier to coastal erosion.
Further to this, one other thing to note about the staff at Big Bubble is the overwhelming hospitability. It is hard to spend a minute here in which you don't see someone smiling. The dive instructors and dive guides are full of jokes, as are the receptionists and kitchen staff. I spent 3 months volunteering on the island, diving from Big Bubble, and not once was I made to feel unwelcome amongst the staff and guests here. There are many people at Big Bubble, from staff to dive instructors to other customers and guests, that I would now consider good friends.
Its location is central to the night-life of the island, with the night market only a minute away, and many other restaurants and bars on the doorstep.
I look forward to coming back to Indonesia next year, to see everyone at Big Bubble and go diving again. I had an amazing time and met some great people that I really miss!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- PLEASE NOTE AS BIG BUBBLE NO LONGER HAS BUNGALOWS, WE HAVE A NEW TRIPADVISOR PAGE UNDER 'Big Bubble Dive'. At Big Bubble, we are very proud of the fact that we have been in Gili Trawangan since July 2001, making us one of the longest running dive centres on this island. We are situated down on the beach near the turtle sanctuary in a hotel called Dejavu. We have been given an award from PADI for "Outstanding services" as a dive shop for over ten years and are a PADI 5 Star Centre. We are also members of the Gili Island Diving Association (GIDA) which was set up by the owner of Big Bubble to help maintain the high level of standards and safety whilst diving in all shops that are members of GIDA. Big Bubble offers a very high level of service for both fun dives and courses, using brand new equipment and guaranteeing small groups for our divers, as well as a fun and professional atmosphere. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Big Bubble Dive And Bungalows Hotel Gili Trawangan
- Big Bubble Dive Official Gili Islands/Gili Trawangan