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“Amazing Dive Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manta Dive Gili Air

Manta Dive Gili Air
87 Jalan Koperasi | Ampenan, Mataram, Lombok NTB, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Gili Air
Type: Educational Sites, Adventure
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“Amazing Dive Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I stayed at Manta Dive for 4 nights. The accommodation was great and had air conditioning and the breakfast was good too. But more importantly my dive experience was perfect. I had not dived for 7 years so was a bit nervous. Whitney took me for a quick refresher in the pool and then an easy dive. It was so great I continued on to complete my Advanced Diver course with Anna as my instructor. She was very competent and friendly. I felt very safe and learned a lot. The dive sites were absolutely beautiful, so many turtles!! Thanks so much for the great experience.

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“Very nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Did the open water course + deep water adventure dive(30m). Really friendly staff and great diving spots. We saw moray eels, turtles, lionfish, sea snake, stingrays and lots of other colorful fishes. Unfortunately we did not see any reef sharks. My instructor was Rob, the guy with the awesome laugh. His positive attitude and laugh is contagious, Rob is the man!

Visited September 2013
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“BEST DIVE SHOP EVER! Could not have had a better experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Being petrified of water from such a young age (currently 28), I'm not too sure that Manta Dive Gili Air knew what challenge they had taken on when I signed up to their Intro diving course. All of the instructors and divemasters were brilliant as they all tried comforting me and assuring me that diving (and water) really isn't that scary.

When I arrived the next morning for my intro course, I informed the instructor (Rob Ladd) of my fear so that he was fully aware of my concerns to which he instantly took into consideration. With Rob's dedication and commitment to help me after lots of building trust in the pool and heaps of practice (the first day I panicked so unfortunately I didnt make it out to the sea) and also knowing Rob was always there, I went for my FIRST DIVE which was phenomenal! I then decided to take it a step further and do the Open Water Course, which then led me to the Advanced Course then onto the Deep Speciality (certified to 40 metres) and then believe it or not I just recently completely the Rescue Diver course.

I genuinely believe that this would not have been achieved if it wasn't for all the members of staff at Manta Dive especially Rob Ladd. To get someone like me who was completely petrified of water to dive to 40 metres AND become a rescue diver is REMARKABLE and I cannot thank EVERYONE enough.

Besides the diving, the atmosphere and environment of the dive shop is brilliant - they make you feel like part of the family. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to spend a month with them and getting to know them! Whilst I was there, my friend was visiting and we need a late airport transfer which was sorted out within no time and she arrived safe and sound and earlier than expected meaning she had extra time to dive! Also, I extended my VISA with them and this was done quick and effectively too!

I can't be anymore positive than I am about this place - genuinely do not bother with any other dive shop on Gili Air, Manta Dive is sincerely the best!

Heres a little poem I wrote about my time there:

Its goodbye from me to Gili Air,
A delightful island thats so rare,
If you intend to dive beneath the sea,
Manta Dive has huge recommendations from me!

You've got my fav German - ISObelle and Nickoliss,
Who've just survived a week of 'married' bliss,

Also there's Anna and Rob 1 - listen out for his incredible loud laughter,
Which is always followed by Roxie and Rob 2's Joss giggles soon after.

My lovelies Laura and Jess who live in a secret hideaway,
Where you may find Whitney cooking if you are lucky one day.

Bye bye to Waterfront's Charlotte - my fellow Northern belle,
Whoopsy I nearly forgot to mention Tony, Marius, Opik and Hell.

To the boat crew and Manta Dive office staff,
The 'Indian' jokes have been a laugh,

Farewell to Susan and Ben and the rest of Blues Corner too,
I hope to see you all very very soon!!!


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“Excellent dive op!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Love this dive op - they look after you and even though they are really busy, they still take the time to answer questions for you, especially fish ID. They are very professional and still like to have a laugh.

Visited October 2013
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“A 100% perfect Dive Experience. Do not miss this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I took open water cert 20 years ago and needed to refresh it. Also brought 3 kids that wanted to try diving.

I must say, that I am impressed by the professionalism, enthusiasm and focus on customers and safety that Manta Dive has.

If you are a first time diver, this is THE place to try it out. In fact, if you are in Gili Air and you like snorkeling but always thought that SCUBA is not for you. Let the guys at Manta Dive take you on an introductory dive and show you what gems you can find around Gili Air. It takes 1.5 hours in their pool and then in the evening you go out. But remember to do this in the beginning of your stay, because you will want more once you try it.

The place looks very busy when you enter, but somehow it is all extremely organized. The training and the dives were very professional and everybody we met were very helpful.

We went on two dives, first one with Rob, and it was fantastic to see my 11 year old son following Rob at the bottom of the ocean on his virgin dive. My two older kids had an equally fantastic experience.

The next dive the next day was at a different site. We saw turtles and a fantastic coral mountain. Laura and Anna were our instructors. And again our experience was spot-on. You do not feel like customers that needed to be "milked for money". They took their time to explain everything before the dive and going over all the fish and things we saw at the debriefing after the dive.

The only thing I would improve here is maybe clean the pool a bit!

Look at my profile: I give out very few 5 star Tripadvisor reviews. Manta Dive absolutely deserves it.

Visited October 2013
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