Bringing the diving back
H AV I N G O N E O F T H E L O N G E S T coastlines in the world – stretching from the Indian Ocean to the east and Pacific Ocean to the west – Indonesia is mind-bogglingly big and mind-bogglingly diverse. More than 3,000 fish species are found here, along with 15% of world’s coral reefs, making it an ideal country for diving enthusiasts. Now, PADI Travel is offering deals in the Gili Islands, an archipelago of three islands – Gili Trawangan, Air and Meno – off the northwest of Lombok, recently shaken by earthquakes up to magnitude 6.9. The area is now bouncing back and by going there to visit the reefs, cliffs and white beaches, your money helps in the rebuilding of badly impacted communities and businesses. Be sure to do some homework before choosing a dive centre: visit padi.com to locate an accredited dive centre or resort.