Gili Island waters are renowned for their turtles... just off the shore, we went snorkeling and managed to get very close up to a turtle just a couple of meters deep. The visibility was excellent and of course the temperature of the water is to the tropical standards. Nevertheless, I learnt that turtles can be distressed and drown if they fear coming up to the surface to breath... If you encounter a turtle, do not attempt to play with it or stop it from going up, as it could prove to be fatal to this beautiful creature...

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