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“Professional and friendly dive center”

Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan
Ranked #6 of 44 Tours in Gili Trawangan
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Owner description: Blue Marlin Dive is the original and longest established PADI dive resort on the beautiful Gili islands. Set up in 1992 by renowned technical diver and instructor Simon Liddiard, Blue Marlin has grown to be a successful PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Resort and TDI technical diving facility. We offer daily recreational and technical dive trips for certified divers, a complete range of PADI recreational courses from beginner to instructor level and a luxury diving liveaboard based in Komodo national park. An award-winning TDI and IART technical facility, we specialize in Enriched Air Nitrox, Tri-mix, Buddy Inspiration and Evolution, and JJ Closed-Circuit Rebreather training. We have a full service dive resort with a restaurant, bar & on-site accommodation. Let our clear warm waters, swaying palm trees and no-motorized traffic ensure your holiday is a memorable one.
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

As a beginner PADI diver and not being in the water for 3 years, Edwin did a great job of giving me a review session in the pool which set my mind at ease and ready for the ocean dive the next day. Did 3 dives over the next 2 days (19 and 20 Oct) first with Dan as DM and then the next day with Tim Tam as DM and dive buddy. Dan and Tam were both very patient with me as equalising seems to take a while with me but with constant communication and the 'are you OK' signs from both of them I knew I was in good hands.

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

As a father enlisting professional Dive instruction for a teenage novice it was very re assuring to note the level of both friendly and professional instruction and safety procedures followed during two courses undertaken over a 5 day stay. Even a DvD record of Julian Cousteau's endeavours formed a fitting souvenir of a great learning experience Thanks guys (and gals)

1  Thank Villamallorca2
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Reviewed September 28, 2012 via mobile

Blue marlin restaurant

Nasi budhi campur, despite what the menu description and name has nothing in common with nasi campur other than it has steamed rice.

I was disappointed to find out it's a basic stir fry of mostly chicken in some boring sauce, without any of the usual egg, cracker, vegetables and crunchy bits. Even if their menu describes it as a nasi campur with garlic and chili.

Some discussion with staff led nowhere other than being told other people usually don't complain about what they receive. That's helpful!...

Their cocktail specials are good though, and pretty strong. Necessary after a boring dinner.

1  Thank marilynec24
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trawanganmarlin, Manager at Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2012

Management apologise for the quality of the food on this occasion. The issue has been brought up with the chef and necessary steps have been put in place to make sure the situation never happens again.

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Glad we so chose these guys! Professional streamlined organisation from the booking office to the guides on the boat! We had a fab day and enjoyed the snorkelling and were lucky enough to see some turtles and great fish! The Indonesian boat guys were happy and friendly and made our trip fun especially when the waves were big! Loved it and shall defo use them when we get round to doing our PADI course! Thanks guys!

1  Thank PicklesAsia
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

After doing our first dive with Buddha dive centre (which has nice instructors but the worst equipment I have ever seen!!) we took a bit more time for the rest of our diving to suss out a better place.

Blue Marlin were very professional, had much better kit that was in better condition and clearly very well maintained. Ari took us on our first dive as my boyfriend was doing his deep diver course. He a fantastic instructor I can not recommend him enough, his attention to detail was amazing and he really spent time ensuring we were ok and that we got the best out of the dive. On our second dive we were with a dive master who wasn't quite so good, he spent the first 10min guiding the dive from the back of the group which meant we all had to keep looking round to ensure we were going the right way, he wasn't really pointing stuff out and when the reef ran out rather than turn back a little he ended the dive - we all still had plenty of air so felt a little cheated out of time. When we got back to the centre he then disappeared without giving us the info for our log books.

Would definitely dive with them again when we go back to Gili

Thank Kewkewkew
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