As a global community of divers waits for the worst of the COVID-19 crisis to pass, the best we can do is dream of our next diving adventure. For a select few, however, it’s possible to do more than just dream. A small group of divers on the Gili Islands have found themselves locked down in paradise, still able to safely go about their daily business — diving included. Although lockdown has come with its own set of unique challenges for island inhabitants, daily access to the ocean is certainly not one of them.
I caught up with PADI Elite Instructor and underwater photographer Florian Allgauer, one of the lucky few residing in this beautiful Indonesian archipelago and still diving regularly. He shared a handful of his best shots from the past few weeks so we could all live vicariously through him.