Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan

Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan



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Underwater photos of the sea turtles on Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno in Lombok.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    This is one of my favorite shots from the snorkeling trip with the turtles on Gili Trawangan. I love the way the afternoon sun brings out the colors of the turtle's shell against the background of deep blue. I used a wide angle lens to emphasize the vulnerability of the turtles in the big, wide ocean. What do you think?

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Laura and I came across this green turtle swimming above a shallow section of Hann’s Reef on Gili Air.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    I love the pattern of a green sea turtle's shell (especially when it doesn't have any algae). I was able to swim just above this one as it swam out into the blue water while the morning sun sparkled through the surface on Gili Air.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Sea turtles are typically pretty relaxed, so I was a little surprised at how aggressive this one was. Not sure if it was reacting to its reflection in the camera lens or if it thought I had some food stashed in my BCD, but it kept coming back and swimming very close--at one point it even bumped the lens with its beak!

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Here's another angle on Laura swimming with the green turtle from earlier in the gallery.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    The autofocus seemed to have a little trouble with these sparkling sunbeams shining through the water on Gili Air. The sun was also bright enough to make it difficult to see the turtle through the viewfinder as I swam above it, but I was trying to center the turtle in the sunbeams. Didn't quite get it right but I still like how this photo turned out--am planning to try to get this shot again the next time I'm on Gili Trawangan.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Another view of the most aggressive turtle I found on Gili Trawangan.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Divemaster Ben from Manta Dive Shop on Gili Trawangan swims with this green sea turtle. I stayed above and eventually got some shots out in the blue water when the turtle came closer to the surface.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Green turtle, blue water. Again, really love the way the shell contrasts against the background of deep blue sea at Gili Air.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Yes it's true that I've done this shot before on Apo Island, but that doesn't mean I won't try it again on Gili T!

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Another angle of Laura's swim with this shallow green turtle on Gili Air.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    I think I've seen this turtle pose made into a silver necklace in some shops around Bali... Was trying to capture the symmetry of the turtle's shell against the simple background of the deep blue sea. What do ya think?

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle! Even as I saw this green turtle filling up the camera frame I tried to wait until it was really close before I snapped the photo. Unfortunately the Canon G12 I was using is pretty slow on the refresh rate for shooting multiple photos. Would have been much cooler to shoot this as a sequence!

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Laura and I were swimming flat out to keep up with this green turtle. It's pretty deceptive actually, even when the turtle looks like it's barely exerting itself, it's pretty much impossible for you or me to keep up with it.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    As I remember, this was the first time the turtle swam up to see who I was.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Laure got a good view of this green turtle when she was swimming along with it on Gili Air.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Really clear water on Gili Trawangan so you'll usually see the sunbeams through the water if you look up. In this photo I tried to backlight the turtle with the sun and then use the camera's fill flash to light up the shell.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    It's been said before, but sea turtles really do look like they're flying when you see them underwater.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    I believe this is a half second before this turtle pecked the lens...

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    I tried to time this photo just as the turtle extended its flippers--definitely going for the flying look with these turtle shots!

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Even the smaller green turtles like this one seem to have remoras tagging along for the ride and to pick up some scraps to eat.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Green turtles look at you like a bird of prey. Can definitely see why the scientists think that birds and reptiles descended from the dinosaurs.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Ben from Manta Dive Shop checking out this slightly sleepy-looking hawksbill sea turtle.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Wish the visibility on this section of Gili Air's reef was just a bit clearer but the turtles were certainly game for a photo shoot!

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Coral might not look so appetizing to you as a meal, but to a hawksbill turtle it's a delicacy.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Laura gets some face time with one of Gili Air's resident turtles.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Shooting in open water definitely makes the composition choices much simpler. The tough part is keeping up the swimming speed of a green turtle like this one!

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Whatchoo' lookin' at?

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Ben has a moment of connection with one of Gili Trawangan's green turtles.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    The graphic designer in me wants to put some text on this photo.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Laura swims for a few minutes with this green turtle.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    We came across this hawksbill in the really shallow (and somewhat bleached) section of the Gili Air reef.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Surface view of Laura with the green turtle from the previous photos.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Afternoon sun shines on the colorful shell of this green turtle.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Laura with her turtle buddy on Gili Air in Lombok.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    The light was better in the shallow water where this hawksbill was hanging out but just wish there were a few more corals in the background...

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Another sunny photo from Gili Trawangan in Lombok.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Wonder if this green turtle was swimming over to Laura to say hello from Gili Air?

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Ben and I found this hawksbill in the deeper section of the reef on Gili Trawangan.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    About time for this green turtle to come up for air on Gili Trawangan.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    I think this was one of the biggest green turtles we came across on Gili Trawangan in Lombok.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Hmm, should I eat this one or that one? I'm not really sure what either of those corals tastes like so there's not much I can add to this caption really.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Yeah, if you like swimming with sea turtles, Gili Trawangan is definitely your place.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    I think subconciously I was trying to shoot a live version of the painting on the cover of 'Life of Pi'--at least the one that was there before the movie came out.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Ever wanted to see a green turtle's arm, er, flipper pit? Here ya go!

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Yes, it may be kind of excessive to include so many photos of Laura and the green turtle, but I had trouble deciding which one to cut!

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Another angle on this somewhat sleepy hawksbill sea turtle.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    I was pretty tired after swimming alongside this green turtle in the blue water.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    You really don't need a scuba tank to swim with a turtle like this on Gili Air--a snorkel and mask will do.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    A flying hawksbill on Gili Air.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    I think Ben and I were pretty thankful that this green turtle didn't swim as fast as the others--much easier to photograph.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    I swam ahead a bit and waited for this green turtle to catch up as Laura swam along with it.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    This is what good buoyancy control looks like. And Ben ain't doing a bad job either!

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Ben is the wind beneath its wings? Hmm, ok that was pretty lame.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    I think you're pretty much guaranteed to see a sea turtle if you do a few dives on Gili Trawangan.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Lunch on Gili Trawangan takes many forms depending on whether your a turtle or a tourist.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    If you held your breath and swam sixty feet underwater you might look a little squinty too.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    Turtle's-eye view of the Gili Air reef.

  • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery

    Snorkeling with Sea Turtles on Gili Trawangan - Underwater Photo Gallery
    I always wondered whether a camera's depth of field works differently underwater when compared to air? Seems like it does!