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Manta Dive Gili Air Resort
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Gili Air
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Best part of our 14 day travels through Indonesia. Accomdation clean and comfortable . Breakfasts great value for money. Diving facility and instructors world class. Thank you Jonathan and Alex for your professional service and making our stay the best! Stefan was amazing with our 2 teenagers who did their open water diving course and we enjoyed the snorkelling going out with the divers as well as from the amazing beach infront of Manta Dive.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the family room at the back away from the activities.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

The 3 day diving course (Open Water) we did with Manta Dive and our amazing instructor Pia was really really nice! We saw loads and loads of turtles and it was an experience never to forget:-)

The people at MantaDive are really nice and everything was really wel organised!
Thank you guys (and Pia especially) for the amazing experience!

Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

We stayed at Manta Dive Gili Air at the start of September. My girlfriend had exchanged multiple emails with Alexandra & Jonathan about a variety of things prior to our arrival and she was always prompt with her replies and really helpful with any questions we had. Alexandra organised a pickup from Mataram (Lombok) airport for us which involved approx 40min car journey to the beach and then a boat over to Gili Air - it was a quick and stress-free way to get over to Gili Air. I should also note that Manta Dive sorted our flights out from Denpasar over to Lombok with no problem at all.

On arrival (approx 1pm) our bungalow wasnt quite ready but this was no problem, we were able to have a welcome drink at the cafe, and one of the instructors (Johan) came and had a chat with us while we waited.

Within half an hour we were into our bungalow. The rooms are great, we had bungalow #2 which is right next the pool. The bed is large and comfortable, and there is plenty of storage space and also a safety deposit box. The bathroom, being outside is very cool, and totally private. The rooms and bathroom are cleaned everyday.

Manta Dive is in a great position on Gili Air, a very short walk from a number of bars and restaurants. Gili Air is a really chilled out island, so dont expect quick service in most of the restaurants (with the exception of scallywags which was fairly quick), but who's in a rush when you're on holiday!

We arrived a day after Ramadan had finished, and some of the restaurants were low on stock of certain items, and one bar was out of bintang (literally a disaster), but this was our own fault for booking over Ramadan, everything returned to normal the day after this, so this is not a complaint about Gili Air, just an observation, and something maybe for people to bear in mind when looking to visit Gili Air. Ramadan didnt seem to affect anything at Manta Dive.

For breakfast at Manta Dive there is a choice of such things as omlettes, pancakes, toast, fresh fruit etc. Breakfast was of good quality and definately big enough to get you started for the day.

Just a note about payment, we paid for all the accomodation upfront prior to arrival via internet bank transfer, and we paid for all our diving in the same way when we were on Gili Air, using the computer at Manta Dive. This was the easiest way for us and was completely accomodated by the guys at Manta.

Lastly a quick note about the diving (I have posted a seperate review for this), it was excellent and the team at Manta Dive are fun and professional. Highly, highly recommended for both the diving, and the resort itself!! Cheers!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank GStk
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We went there to do the scuba diving initial course, it was really exelent!
the place is so beautiful, the service was very good and the diving course was very profesional and enjoyable!
The only advice I can give you is: if you dont like cats dont go! the hole island is full of cats, so if you are afraid of you dont like them you should go somewhere else!

I think its a very nice hotel, and the place is paradise!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank denisecamou
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

My wife and I decided to stay here after reading about it on TripAdvidvisor, we were very impressed.

The bed was huge and very comfortable, the bungalow room was immaculate. The room had power points, aircon, bed side lights and a safe box. The open air bathroom had a great shower and hot and cold running water. The room was cleaned daily while we had our delicious breakfast (the omelet is great!).

The staff were very polite and helpful and bent over backwards to help us with anything we needed.

Don't be put off by this place if you don't plan to scuba dive. We didn't, we prefered to go snorkilng making use of the snorkling equipment provided to us at no charge by the resort. It is a great place to stay, whatever you plan to do on the island.

After making friends with some other people staying on the island, we got to see what the accomodation was like in some of the other near by resorts. Manta dive put the others we saw to shame; our bungalow was bigger, cheaper and cleaner than others at a similar price.

Will definitely return. Thank you.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank SiHarding
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

Right from the very beginning our trip to Manta Dive was a pleasurable experience. From making our reservation, paying our deposit and emailing back and forth Jonathon, the owner, and his wife Alexandra run a very professional operation at Manta Dive Gili Air along with their staff.

Upon our arrival we were greeted by very friendly and helpful staff who obviously enjoy their jobs, because we were early we were invited to lounge in the hammocks and have a coffee while our rooms were made ready for us. Check in was a breeze and our Accommodation outstanding. The beautiful little traditional bungalows are well appointed, spotlessly clean with air-con and safety deposit box, the comfiest bed, reading lamps and power points, gorgeous open air bathroom, we were certainly comfortable for our 4 night stay, beach towells as well as bath towells. Bottled water for brushing our teeth and we were invited to refill our bottles free of charge. The attention to detail was first class. Our bed was made and rooms cleaned daily while we were at breakfast.

On the topic of breakfast, the Omelet at Manta Dive is LEGENDARY absolutely the best start to the day anyone could want. I was even given a tour of the kitchen, they make their own bread, I couldnt believe it. Very clean and efficiently run by local girls overseen by Alexandra.

Even though we weren't divers we enjoyed watching the busy, cheerful preparations every morning as the staff checked the diving gear and got ready for their dive trips. The other guests who were diving always came back with big smiles and stories to tell. The Diving staff also were very professional and efficient.

We loved snorkelling every day on the reef seeing turtlesand even an elusive sea horse in the sea grass right out front of Manta Dive. We did an island hopping snorkelling trip for a second time, organised right next door. Manta Dive is a really Eco friendly resort which we found refreshing and are helping to educate not only the locals but visitors as well about the fagility of the reef and how to treat it with respect.

It was lovely to be able to use the pool which was also maintained very well as was the stunning tropical garden which was lovingly attended to in person by Alexandra, who took time to chat with us while watering her plants.

Though we have stayed on Gili Air 3 times before this was our first time at Manta Dive and it certainly wont be the last. It was the highlight of my sisters holiday, she loved it. Thank you Jonathon, Alex and staff.

Room Tip: Bungalows 1 and 2 face the beach and are right on the pool
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Of our two week trip around Indonesia Gili Air was definitely the highlight and this was in no small way down to the staff at Manta Dive.

They were extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful from the start, having no problem with the fact that we were all at different stages of experience. I was totally new to scuba diving but was quickly put at ease by their relaxed expertise and their infectious enthusiasm. They all clearly love what they're doing, Europeans and Indonesians alike, and it can't help but rub off on you (they will become VERY excited if you see a nudibranch).

Our kit was always in brilliant condition and magically waiting for us when we got on the dive boat, safety checks and exercises were always explained with reassuring clarity. I was never taught in a group of more than three, was most often in a group of two and for one dive I had one on one teaching.

Although we didn’t stay in the centre, the rooms and huts in particular looked excellent and there is a lovely pool both for diving practice and swimming. The only snag is that you will not want to leave (one Canadian seemed to have spent much of her adult life there). Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: 87 Jalan Koperasi | Ampenan, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Air
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Gili Air
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Gili Air
#1 Best Value Hotel in Gili Air
Price Range: $37 - $72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Manta Dive Gili Air Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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Manta Dive Resort, 11 beautiful rooms, all air con, hot water, safety box, swimming pool, generator (many power cuts on island), all dive courses and fun dives available. ... more   less 
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