Hagai and his international team at Manta couldn't have been more prepared, patient and professional. First they are so smart to offer "dive stay" packages with 2 local hotels of different characters: one big resort hotel and the Bungalows, a small charming family inn (see my review "2 birthdays, 1 great trip). This made planning our trip super easy and cut the cost significantly. Before our trip I had lots of questions and because of some problems with my scuba certification had to make several changes to our packages. Manta was very accommodation with the changes, and were patient in answering my questions and explaining all of the issues about our changes.
The diving itself was great with lots of beautiful sea life and locations. The dive masters were knowledgeable and professional during the dives and were always maintaining proper safety procedures... Not to mention being super cool and friendly.
I was most impressed, however, with the superior instruction and training my 63 year old boyfriend received while getting his diving certification. His 23 year old Brazilian trainer, Thiago, couldn't have been better. His patience and professionalism belied his young age. My boyfriend was nervous, apprehensive, and not very easy or comfortable with all the equipment. Thiago walked him slowly thru everything and was remarkably understanding with an uncomfortable older guy struggling with the process. During their dives Thiago stayed right by his side helping him with all of his fears and limitations. I believe if we had gone to another dive shop without Thiago my boyfriend would have given up and not received his certification.
Thank you Hagai, Chamely, Thiago and the great Manta crew!!
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