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“Organised chaos”

Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan
Ranked #4 of 45 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 August 13, 2014

When we first walked in to Blue Marlin it was crazy! People everywhere! The staff were very organised and thorough, and things ran relatively smoothly considering the amount of people. We felt very safe the whole time and it was great value for money. We did five dives with local instructor Dan, and they were spectacular. Dan was a fantastic guide and knew all the great spots to take us. Some of my highlights were a black-tipped reef shark, cuttlefish, numerous green and hawksbill turtles, but I think my favourite was the amazingly hilarious lobster hiding under a rock and snapping his claws. Blue Marlin is an absolute must do on the Gilis.

Thank Jaimie H
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BlueMarlinDive, Manager at Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2014

Hi Jaimie,
Thank you for diving with Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan, and for taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the experience. It is nice when people notice that although we cater for large numbers of divers, that all divers are well organised and divided into smaller groups, which are looked after by individual divemasters and instructors. We are delighted you found Dan to be a fantastic dive guide, showing you all the local highlights and that he found plenty of interesting marine life for you. We thank you for making the recommendation for us, and hope that we will see you again in the future.
Kind Regards
Blue Marlin Dive Team

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Reviewed August 12, 2014

My family (two young people age 16 and 18) could not ask for a more safe and secure place to take the PADI Open Water Course. Instructor Tove Andersson is a great and very scilled instructor who can teach in both english and swedish. The best instructor ever taking diving seriously but with a great smile and lot of energy all 3 days. Keep on going Tove/Andy.

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BlueMarlinDive, Manager at Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2014

Hi Peter,
Thank you for choosing to dive with us here at Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan, we are delighted to hear it was a good choice for you and your family. It was our pleasure to be able to offer the course to you in Swedish and we are thrilled to hear you found Andy to be skilled, serious and full of energy throughout the course. We hope you will return in the future for further training or fun dives,and thank you for the nice recommendation.
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Blue Marlin Dive Team

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Reviewed August 12, 2014

As it was my second time visiting blue marlin I was really hoping it wouldn't be a disappointment after having such a great time there 3 months previous, but as id hoped it was amazing and even more exciting, the staff are so polite and so good at there job you feel really part of a group not just a customer, the evening/night life is also one of the best on the island and its simply due to tthe staff and students being so down to earth and the enjoy ingredient themselves. Theres nowhere that I have
come across that is a better place to learn in a real
relaxed but yet professional atmosphere.

Thank killian d
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BlueMarlinDive, Manager at Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2014

Hi Killian,
Thank you for returning to us here at Blue Marlin Dive , we are delighted to hear the second visit may have been even better than the first!! We are pleased to hear you felt welcome by all of the staff, and really felt included as part of the "Blue Marlin Family". It is important to us that our customers enjoy the atmosphere of the dive centre as well as the professionalism of the centre and its staff, because this is exactly why you return!! We do hope we will see you again in another few months, so that you can continue your diving adventures around the Gili islands.
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

It was such a good expierence that I've decided to move to gili for a while and take my DMT at Blue Marlin Dive. It feels like visiting a family and they are all so open to new people like me that i felt like a part of them ;)

Thank KristinaGhotbifar
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BlueMarlinDive, Manager at Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2014

Hi Kristina,
Wow, we will look forward to having you here!! Glad to hear you felt like part of the group from the moment you arrived, we will be delighted to host you for your divemaster training ;-)
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Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

We did our advanced open water there. We only had done 4 dives before and didn't knew much about the AOW. We chose blue marlin mainly because of Manon who explained everything to us and suggested which options we should choose. We felt like she knew what she was doing (compared to other dive schools that we visited that day). Our instructor, scuba steve, was really nice and helpful. He helped us a lot with our diving technique so that we're now more confident. He also managed to deal with a panic attack I had while diving. Overall great experience and friendly staff!

Thank Ely155
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BlueMarlinDive, Manager at Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2014

Hi Ely,
Thank you for diving with us here at Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan, we are happy to hear it was a good choice for you. We are happy with your feedback that you received well informed information ahead of the dive course, with sound advice from Manon, and also that Steve was a helpful and capable instructor. We thank you for your excellent review and for your recommendation of us to others.
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Blue Marlin Dive Team

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