The Gilis try to do their part in improving and protecting the environment through various incentives, one of them being the “Eco Tax” set up by the Gili Eco Trust on Gili Trawangan. This is a voluntary donation of Rp. 50,000 per person that goes towards cleaning up the island’s beaches as well as a coral regeneration project.
The purpose of the sanctuary is to save turtle eggs from predators. The turtle breeding process is unlike any other, and tragically results in numerous newborn deaths each season. It is therefore the job of this sanctuary to safeguard newborns by allowing them to hatch in a protected sandpit. The baby turtles are then released into the water once they are fully developed. Any injured turtles are also cared for until they are well enough to be released into the sea. The sanctuary survives on donations from visitors and relies on this money to keep baby turtles fit and healthy.