maandag 12 december 2011

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Oceans 5 dive resort starts another Padi instructor development course (IDC) the 21th of February 2012.

The IDC will be conducted at Oceans 5 dive resort on Gili Air, Gili Islands, Indonesia. The course director will be Platinum Padi course director Camille Lemmens.

The IDC takes 9 days and there will be 2 IDC preparation days before the IDC starts. The preparation days will bring the candidates dive skills and dive theory to the IDC level. During the IDC the candidates will be prepared to become a Padi instructor and not only to pass the IE. Oceans 5 wants that all the candidates after passing a IE can work as great instructors.Their high class facilities make sure you will get the best out of your course.

Gili Air is a true paradise with easy, stunning dive sites only a short boat ride away and offers a perfect mix of tranquility and enough bars, restaurants and accommodation to choose from.

The Course Director teaching the IDC at Oceans 5 Dive Resort Gili Air is Camille Lemmens from the Netherlands. Camille has been awarded the prestigious Platinum Course Director rating and the Instructor Development Award by PADI. This is the highest rating a PADI Course Director can achieve!

Camille teaches IDCs in English, Dutch and German and has trained over 275 students already to become Dive Instructors!

Take your dive experience to the next level!

See you soon!

vrijdag 25 november 2011

Padi Instructor development course at Oceans 5 is full on swing!!!

The Padi instructor development course (IDC) at Oceans 5 Dive Resort is half way. All candidates, Pablo and Hans, are doing very well.
In the last couple of days they improved their diving skills, rescue skills and finished their dive theory exames. Also they have been in the pool for confined sessions and the ocean for the open water sessions. Till now they are excellent candidates, and it looks like our Padi platinum Course Director Camille Lemmens has an easy IDC.
There are only a couple of days to go and after the IDC the andidates are doing their prep MSDT.
The Instructor Exame (IE) starts the 2th of December in Bali.

zondag 13 november 2011

Oceans 5 won their first football match in the Gili Air Tournament

Yesterday was a big day. FC Oceans 5 was playing their first football match against MTs. MTs are local school kids. We were warned cuz MTs won their first match..

The game started at 16.00 local time. Five players against 5 players, on a little football field. The battle was good, both teams had a lot of chances. But at the end of the game it was FC Oceans 5 that won, 8-4.

MTs were playing really well. There were a lot of people surporting both teams. Its very nice to see how these tournament live under the local community.

Next game of Oceans 5 is the 17th of November. See you there.

Fc Oceans 5 won their first match in the Gili Air Football Tournament

Yesterday was a big day. FC Oceans 5 was playing their first football match against MTs. MTs are local school kids. We were warned cuz MTs won their first match..

The game started at 16.00 local time. Five players against 5 players, on a little football field. The battle was good, both teams had a lot of chances. But at the end of the game it was FC Oceans 5 that won, 8-4.

MTs were playing really well. There were a lot of people surporting both teams. Its very nice to see how these tournament live under the local community.

Next game of Oceans 5 is the 17th of November. See you there.

FC Oceans 5 won their first football match at the Gili Air Football Tournament

Yesterday was a big day. FC Oceans 5 was playing their first football match against MTs. MTs are local school kids. We were warned cuz MTs won their first match..

The game started at 16.00 local time. Five players against 5 players, on a little football field. The battle was good, both teams had a lot of chances. But at the end of the game it was FC Oceans 5 that won, 8-4.

MTs were playing really well. There were a lot of people surporting both teams. Its very nice to see how these tournament live under the local community.

Next game of Oceans 5 is the 17th of November. See you there.

zaterdag 12 november 2011

Baby turtles are doing well at Oceans 5 dive resort

A few months ago Oceans 5 dive resort took care of 90 Green Sea Turtles and 1 Hawksbill Turtle.

At this moment we can say that the turtles are doing extremely well. There are no diseases around the eyes, no infections on their bodies and even the hawksbill turtle is totally recovered.

During the period of stay at Oceans 5 dive resort 8 of the baby Green Sea turtles died. At this moment Oceans 5 is taking care of 82 Green Sea turtles. The average length of the baby turtles are 14 cm. They get feed 3-4 times a day and every week their shells are been cleaned. The sea water in the water basins is changed 2-3 times a day.

Most of the time the baby turtles are flouting around on the surface. Oceans 5 will release them when they are big enough and when they can stay on the bottom of the water basins.

woensdag 12 oktober 2011

PADI instructor development course (IDC) starts the 16th of November at Oceans 5 dive resort

Oceans 5 dive resort will conduct another Padi instructor development course this year. This time it starts on November the 16th.

The first few days is a preparation, the candidates will practise their dive skills, dive knowledge (dive theory, standards and procedures) and their rescue skills. After the preparartion the IDC will starts with Camille Lemmens as Padi course director.

Camille Lemmens is the only Platinum Padi course director on the Gilis. He spreaks fluent English, Dutch, German and French.

Oceans 5 dive resort facilities are made for an IDC, Oceans 5 has a 25 meter pool, a modern classroom with flatscreen, a open water training site just 5 min away from the dive shop.

For further information visit our website:

maandag 10 oktober 2011

FC Oceans 5 dive resort won their second football game

FC Oceans 5 is still in the race to become football champion of the Gilis.

Yesterday Oceans was played a really important game. If they didnt win the game it was the end in the tournament. Everybody knew this, so the first few minutes the game was a little bit nervous. But finally FC Oceans had got some grip on the game and made a brilliant goal.

After the goal FC Oceans 5 was pulling back, thinking that they were much better than FC Scallywags. Ofcourse when you act like that they will make a goal. And they did. FC Scallywags made a wicked goal, and it should be one of the most beautiful goals of the tournament. It was FC Oceans 5 own fault, they let FC Scallywags grow in the game.

But after the goal, FC Oceans 5 woke up, straight in a few minutes times there was an Oceans 5 goal. It hammerd into the net as no one ever seen before during this tournament.

If you want to see more games or support some other team, everyday there is a football game on Gili Trawangan.

dinsdag 6 september 2011

The turtles have a new home at Oceans 5 dive Gili Air

After a few weeks living in the water basins where normally the equipment was cleaned, the turles have got their new house.

The space they have got now is specially made for them. Every day they will get fresh seawater by a pumpsystem. The is a roof that protect them from the sun.
For people who are interested in the turtles, there are some signs with explanations about the tutles we have around the Gilis. For more information about the turtles you can ask any question at any member of Oceans 5 dive resort.

But please dont touch or pick up the turtles!

donderdag 1 september 2011

4 new instructors around the Gilis, Indonesia

It took 10 days. The days were sometimes hard, but the result is there. All 4 candidates became a Padi Instructor!

The training was in Oceans 5 dive resort. A Padi 5 star instructor development (IDC) dive resort located on a beautiful tropical isand Gili Air, Indonesia.

The days started at 8 with breakfast and ended around 17.00. The ast day the candidates did some specialty instructor training.

At the 30st of August till the 1st of September the Padi Exame took place. All candidates did a great job and passed!

Oceans 5 is really proud that Anna, Greg, Wayne and Kathleen became a Padi Instructor. Hopefully they will have a nice carreer in diving……

zaterdag 6 augustus 2011

New guests at Oceans 5 dive resort

A few day ago a fishermen arrived in the early morning at Oceans 5 with a few plastic buckets. He asked us if we could do something for the little turtels he bought.

We were surpised what we saw. In the plastic buckets were around a`100 baby turtles, just born, and very small. He told us if we didnt do anything that these turtles are going to the fish market in Lombok.

Oceans 5 bought the turtles but told the fishermen that this was the only and last time that we pay for turtles.

Nun, one of staff members and an expert in turtles caring, will take care of the 100 little baby ones. We will observe them carefully, and monitor their growth.

At this moment we are building for the turtles a new houses, so that the can grow up stress free.

By Oceans 5 dive resort

zondag 10 juli 2011

Dive Indonesia

This article i found on It is a very nice article.

Diving in Indonesia is a feast for the eyes. Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, which means tons of beautiful islands, an abundance of coral reefs and endless diving possibilities. It is estimated that Indonesia hosts 20% of the world’s coral reefs and boasts some of the most diverse marine life in the world. Whether you are a beginner or advanced diver, prefer to island hop or visit the dive sites aboard a liveaboard – Indonesia has a range of options for any diver.

Diving in Indonesia – Best Dive Spots Nusa Lembongan

This beautiful idyllic island group off the south coast of Bali is easily accessed by boat. There are a variety of transportation options to reach Lembongan such as a 1/2 hour speed boat, local boat or you can charter your own boat from the mainland. Once you arrive in Lembongan, you have your choice at multiple beautiful bays to rest your head. The boat drops you off at the central pier which has tons of accommodation options, or you can head over to the scenic Mushroom Bay or the heavenly Dream Beach. Getting around the island can be pretty difficult without a motor bike and despite having no island maps or street signs; the island is relatively easy to navigate.

Manta Point

There are numerous dive sites around the island; however, the majority are geared to more advanced divers as the currents can be relatively strong. If you manage to tag onto a dive shop’s trip going out to Manta Point, it’s well worth it. The lime stone cliffs descend straight into the water creating a dramatic landscape ideal for manta viewing. While there is an abundance of limestone, there is practically no coral and if the mantas are hiding, there isn’t anything to see except water, sand, limestone and your buddy. You should also take into consideration that large swells surround the area, so make sure your dive company leaves early morning before the winds start to pick up. The mantas, if unprovoked by humans, can be pretty playful gliding above divers as they watch in awe from below

Crystal Bay

Another great dive spot is Crystal Bay located on the south west side of Nusa Pendia, a bay with a rocky island in the middle of it called crystal bay. This site is also known as the home of the Sunfish/mola mola (the mysterious, large flattened fish with an elongated dorsal and virtual fins and lumpy undergrowth instead of a tail fin). The reef is located at 5 meters and the coral reef has a white sandy base. This dive site is covered in anemones, hard and soft corals and offers some of the best diving conditions in Indonesia. Up welling from the deeper water south of Bali, keeps the visibility in this area superb allowing divers to a chance to see jacks, mackerel, mantas, turtles, tuna and sharks.


The most popular dive site on Lembongan is Toyapakeh as there are tons of coral formations filled with an abundance of fish and in the deeper areas. At this dive spot, divers also have the chance to glimpse the fabled mola mola.

Price: Depending on your bargaining skills, dive prices range from $30 – 40 a dive. Trips out to Manta Point and Crystal Bay tend to be more expensive as they are further from Nusa Lembongan’s central pier. The oldest and cheapest dive shop is Lembongan Divers.

Bali Tulamben

This popular dive spot in Northern Bali is a great dive site for beginner divers or those looking to explore a shipwreck. Located off a volcanic ash beach buried several meters below the water is the USAR Liberty Shipwreck. This cargo ship, carrying guns during WWII, was torpedoed by the Japanese off Lombok. The boat is about 120 meters long and while broken into several pieces, you can still see guns, toilets and boilers. Considering this is known as the best dive site in Bali, it can get very busy- so make sure you get there early.

Prices: you can reach Tulemben from pretty much anywhere on the island or stay overnight and beat the crowds. If you choose to stay in Tulamben can stay and dive with Tulamben Wreck divers (day dives $33 night dives $38 and accommodation starting from $26 p/n) or Scuba Duba Doo who offers free pick- ups in the Kuta region.

Gili Islands

These three perfectly formed white droplets of sandy islands off the coast of Lombok are a great place for both beginner and advanced divers to see an array of fish. While the coral is nothing to write home about due to rampant fish bombing (where fisherman bomb coral reefs forcing all dead fish hiding in the reefs to float to the surface) it is still a beautiful place to spot a great variety of fish. The waters are irresistibly warm and you could spend all day diving without the faintest chill. Whether you choose to stay in Gili Trawangan (Gili’s party island) Gili Air (more relaxed island without the glitz of Gili T) Gili Meno (the tiniest island of the 3 and the most rustic) the dive sites are all within a 15 minute boat drive of one another. So make sure you choose your accommodation based on your interests not the dive spots.


This dive site has moderate visibility levels and a strong drift, but it still boasts an array of fish such as puffers, schools of trevally and sweetlips which you can catch a glimpse of as you drift by.

Hans Reef

This is hands down the most beautiful reef in the Gili islands with the most abundant source of fish. The visibility is comparable to Soraya but there is little to-no current, giving you plenty of time for some up close and personal fish encounters. Divers tend to see stone fish, eels, blue spotted stingrays, turtles and starry puffer fish.

Meno Wreck

This wreck is a result of a shady pier that collapsed off the coast of Gili Meno and has now been declared a dive site. The coral, as most dive spots in the Gili’s, is mediocre (at best) and the wreck is nothing that spectacular but it is interesting to explore what’s hiding in the wreck’s many holes. However, if you only have a few days, you can definitely pass on this site. We managed to see a school of snapper, baby lionfish, a hawksbill turtle and tons of other divers.

Shark Point

This famous dive site is best seen early in the morning before the hoards of divers arrive and when the current isn’t too strong. Depending on the day and time of the day, the current can both be super strong or nice and clam. It’s a good idea to get your deep diving certification (30 meters) before heading out to shark point since the sharks tend to cruise around 27 meters. If the water is relatively calm you can see white / black tip reef sharks, turtles, harlequin sweet lips, schools of jacks and schools of unicorn fish.

Prices: There are tons of reputable dive shops on all 3 islands. Some of the more well known shops are Manta Divers (on Gili T and Gili Air), the originators of zen mod bungalows, Tranwangan Dive, which also offers swanky bungalows (Gili T) and Oceans 5 (Gili Air), Blue Marlin (Gili Meno, Gili T and Gili Air).

All prices are fixed on all 3 islands, starting from $38 for a fun dive and a discover scuba dive from $60. Whatever dive shop you decide to head out with, double check their dive master to diver ratios (the max should be 1:4), as well as the number of divers per boat and ensure that their equipment is in good working order.

Komodo Islands

If you are looking for gorgeous coral, 29 Celsius plus water and so many fish you can barely see in front of you, the Komodo Islands are definitely worth the trip. The small town of Labuan Bajo, on the eastern side of Flores, is the jumping off point for diving in Komodo. Labuan Bajo can easily be reached from Bali either on Transnusa, Lion Air or Garuda airlines (costing anywhere from 600,000- 1,000,000 one way). This sleepy little town is lined with multiple dive shops and travel agencies offering tours to Komodo and Rinca island to get up close and personal with the Komodo dragon, dive live-aboards or 3 day tours to Kelimutu Lakes. If you are planning on doing a lot of diving its definitely worth looking into a liveaboard as it takes about 3 hours travel time to get to/from the dive spots.

Similar to the Gilis, the dive prices are fixed at $40 U.S. a dive. However, you can jump on a liveaboard for 1-1.5 million Rp p/d ($110.00- 170.00) which includes up to 4 dives, all food, drinks and accommodation. If you do the math that’s free accommodation, food and drink plus one free dive for the cost of 3 dives. In addition, there is nothing better than rolling out of bed, putting your dive gear on and jumping into the water for an early morning five followed by a hearty breakfast.

Sebayor Kecil

Beautiful coral wall where large coral boulders hide giant trevally, sharks .lionfish and snappers. Tatawa Besar The endless amount of orange coral provides an ideal ground for black tips and hanger fish. Siaba Kecil This underwater jungle is teeming with an abundance of fish.

Manta Point

The coral in this area, similar to the coral at Manta Point in Nusa Lembogan, is nothing spectacular but if you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of the rays, black tip reef sharks and trevallies.

Crystal Rock

Known as one of the most colourful dive sites in Komodoo, this space is inundated with beautiful soft coral coverage. While the current can be relatively strong, if you manage to grab onto a piece of coral and store up on some air, you can see some beautiful fish and coral; such as, octopus, Napoleon wrasse, schools of trevally, blue spotted rays, frogfish and scorpion-fish.

Castle Rock

It’s a tough choice, who takes the cake for the most beautiful dive site- Castle or Crystal Rock but Castle Rock’s visibility makes it a truly spectacular dive. At approximately 20 meters depth there is excellent soft coral growth and numerous seafans that host pygmy seahorses. While the currents can be even stronger at this site, you are pretty much guaranteed at least one shark sitting, schools of jacks, octopuses and rays.

Golden Passage

This passageway protected by two large walls is a great spot to see an array of fish hiding in the hard coral’s crevices and soft corals tentacles. We spotted giant moray eels, white tip reef sharks, triggerfish, schools of bat fish and hump-head parrotfish.

Batu Bolong

This site should only be attempted with an experienced dive master as there is a strong down current. As a result of the strong current, the coral is pretty much pristine making it ideal for fish viewing conditions. The coral wall is inhabited by layers of beautiful fish. The top of the reef is covered in colourful corals, invertebrate life and thousands of brilliant reef fish. At deeper depths, along the steep walls, you can spot some larger fishes such as sharks, napoleon wrasse, giant trevally and large schools of rainbow runners.

Price: Dives on a per dive basis are $35 and liveaboards start from $100 p/d. Some reputable liveaboard companies are Komodo Cruises where you can choose from 3 categories of boats (MV Charlie the Mangguana and the Mona Lisa) which allows you to jump on or off any liveaboard affording divers with great flexibility. Another reputable company for both day trips and liveaboards is DiveKomodo and they offer 2 dives from 600 000 RP ($67)

zaterdag 2 juli 2011

Padi Instructor examination of June in Gili Trawangan is over.

Congratulations to the new 7 Padi instructors on the Gilis. Yesterday 7 candidates became a Padi instructor and want to work in a tropical surrounding like the Gilis. Oceans 5 Dive Gili Air congratulates all of them and wish them success in their future as Dive instructor.

By Oceans 5

zondag 19 juni 2011

Dive Gili Air, Gilis, Indonesia - Oceans 5 dive resort promo video

Oceans 5 Padi dive resort presents proudly a promo video of their newest bungalows. Oceans 5 dive resort has 4 luxury bungalows all with AC, hot water, satellite TV, 25 meter swimming pool. For further information about the bungalows visit our websites: or

You can see the promo video on youtube:

donderdag 12 mei 2011

PADI IE May 2011 on Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia: 11 New PADI instructors!!

All 3 IDC candidates of the April 2011 IDC of Oceans 5 on Gili Air have passed their Instructors Examination!
A big congratulations to Cecile, Anna and Simone for being new dive instructors!!

Everybody was very nervous during these 3 days, but after the theoretical part on day one, the candidates were a little bit more relaxed. The IE was held on Gili Trawangan and the exams were taken at Grasia

Resort. There were 3 groups for the IE with students from Lutwala Dive resort, Dreamdivers, Trawangan Dive and of course Oceans 5.
All candidates did really well and everyone passed…
We all like to thank Sander Buis, Owner of Oceans 5, Camille Lemmens our Course Director, Oceans 5 staff and our PADI Examiner George Wegmann. And of course thanks to Karma Kayak for the relaxed stay, great food and lovely sangria sunsets! It made out IE like a little holiday!!

If you are interested in becoming a PADI Instructor or DiveMaster on the Gilis, Indonesia, please check our website for more information!

donderdag 5 mei 2011

PADI instructors development course finished at Oceans 5 Dive Gili Air

The first ever Padi instructor development course (IDC) with Platinum Padi Course Director Camille Lemmens at Oceans 5 Dive Gili Air has fininished.

The candidates, Simone, Anna and Cecile are ready for the PADI examination held on the 10th-11th of May on Gili Trawangan.
One of our instructors, Phil, became during this PADI instructor development course a PADI IDC staff instructor.

After the IDC all candidates developed their dive knowledge and dive skills more by doing some specialities, like Enriched Air, Digital Underwater Photography, Oxygen provide, Fish ID, Naturalist and Videographer.

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dinsdag 29 maart 2011

Dive Indonesia: Oceans 5 dive Gili Air: 5 star PADI IDC dive resort

Oceans 5 on Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia has received the 5 star PADI IDC dive resort status.
So that means we can now train divers up to instructor.

Oceans 5 offers the perfect location for divers that would like to take their dive experience to the top level. Oceans 5, located on Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia, has a beautiful training pool for exercising all the skills necessary, a class room that is reserved for IDC candidates only and all dive sites nearby.

Gili Air offers the relaxing atmosphere that gives enough opportunity to focus on your study but also time to shake it all off in the number of restaurants and little bars…

Our aim is to make sure that you successfully pass the PADI IE and receive that extra bit of information and knowledge to become a highly trained Open Water Scuba Instructor after the IE. You will be having fun working in a safe and reliable way in a tropical destination.

Our PADI Platinum Course Director, Camille Lemmens has received several awards for his outstanding work and can teach in English, Dutch and German language. He can teach more than 20 Instructor Specialties, including Nitrox Specialty Instructor and SCC Draeger Dolphin and Ray Rebreather Specialty Instructor. He is also a DSAT Gas Blender Instructor Trainer, EFR IT, EFR Care for Children Instructor Trainer, PADI Emergency Oxygen provider Instructor Trainer and DAN O2 Instructor Trainer.

The first IDC will be held from the 25th of April in Oceans 5 Gili Air.
If you are interested in joining the IDC please send an email to


donderdag 17 februari 2011

Dive Gili Air: Gili Islands Dive Resort Oceans 5 supports Reef Check survey January 2011

From 28-30 January 2011, our friends from Reef Check Foundation Indonesia visited the Gili Islands again to monitor the development of the reef prior to bleaching and to have a better understanding of the resilience and recovery level of the reef.

We conducted a post bleaching survey, to identify how the reefs respond the increased temperature last mid year. The result of the survey is really important in providing information for reef managers to determine the right measure in managing coral reef under the warming climate.
Reef Check monitored Hans Reef and the snorkel area in front of Chill out bar in Gili Air and Halik reef, Rainbow reef on Gili Trawangan and Meno slope with help of Oceans 5 and the Gili Eco Trust.
Soon the results of the survey will be published.

Check out: for more information about Reef Check Indonesia.