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Manta Dive Gili Air Resort
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Gili Air
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

We stayed with Manta Dive for a total of 5 nights. When we first arrived on Gili Air we were greeted by 2 horse drawn carts. These we didn't even ask for, but the man was from Manta Dive and he asked for us by name so we thought, why not? The ride was quirky but you can easily walk to Manta Dive from the ferry area (about 20 minute walk). If you have a rolling suitcase, you won't be able to walk easily as the roads all around the Gilis are of sand.

We originally wanted one of the bungalows (Sasak style) but we didn't book far enough ahead of time so we got one of their modern rooms at the back of the property. They are quite spacious and the aircon is fairly good. Our room had an in-room safe too which was nice. The bathroom is outside of the aircon and the shower being outside. I read that another review recently about Manta Dive and they said they had fresh water showers, our room had salt water (not as salty as the ocean mind you) nor did our mums' (who had the room next to ours) room either. They too had salt water showers.

Wifi is slow and is best at the front area of the property (next to reception/dive shop). Though, they do give you access to the next door Wifi but I never did try it out. Internet on the island is mediocre, so don't expect much in the way of speeds while you're there. Besides, you should be enjoying the sun, snorkelling and diving ;)

We ate a few times at the Waterfront Restaurant. The food was good and the staff friendly. You could also order the food to be taken back to your room if you were so inclined.

My wife and I did the SSI Intro Dive course with Nick. Nick was awesome and made the experience a whole lot of fun. We started off at the pool located at Manta Dive and then in the afternoon went over to do our first dive at Hann's Reef. If we didnt have other hobbies we would have probably done the Open Water Cert with Nick too, but the Intro Dive was enough for us at the time.

You can snorkel off the beach at the front of Manta Dive, though do so ONLY at high-tide. Low tide you can not only harm the coral, but you can also harm yourself. There are 2 clinics on Gili Air, but no hospital. A teenager from a family who arrived after a few days of us being there was cut up pretty bad because they didn't heed Manta Dive's advice not to snorkel at low tide. He cut his hand up pretty good and had to be ferried over to Lombok to receive stitches. Poor guy couldn't enjoy the rest of their stay because of it.

You will also notice that in the afternoon a lot of boats from the other Gili islands will anchor out in the water in front of Manta Dive. Gili Air has some of the best snorkelling in the area.

We would definitely go back to Manta Dive if we found ourselves on Gili Air. If you find yourself at Manta Dive, try to do at least the Intro Diving course. It's a great experience, especially if you have an Instructor such as Nick!

Room Tip: Book with more than 6 months in advance if you want a Bungalow (Sasak) style room.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

We highly recommend this great hotel!!! We stayed for 5 nights in the "The Waterfront", which is right next door of Manta Dive and managed by the same owners. The bungalows were brand new, clean and have every luxury that you need including: Large bathroom with open air FRESH water shower, air conditioning, safe-box, fridge and satellite TV. Because the food was so good and there was plenty of choice on the menu, we ended up having most of our meals there. It all tasted great! The staff was really amazing, super friendly and tending to your every need. They made our stay here an unforgettable experience. THANK YOU!

We also completed our SSI open water certification at Manta Dive. Our instructor Anna was really knowledgable, patient and enthusiastic. Together with Martha the assistant instructor she gave us the confidence to complete the course successfully. We went to dive at several great locations (Han's Reef, Halik, Mirko's Reef and The Bounty) that are all just a short boat ride away. We have seen beautiful coral, plenty of fishes and even turtles. If like us, you are thinking about learning to dive and open water certification, we highly recommend Manta Dive.

Anne and Sander

Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

We stayed here back in Feb 2012. This was a diving trip for us so my husband and I dived twice a day. The boat and equipment was quality, and the staff were so lovely and happy to chat. Rooms were lovely and very clean. We stayed in a sasak traditional room for one night and a modern room for 4 nights (we booked very late and so could only have the sasak for one night). Both rooms were great, A/C was brilliant and both cleaned really well. The place is quiet and laid back. The pool is great after a day of diving and lounging around.

Will definitely stay here again when I return to Gili Air

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

Great time had my my husband and I for 4 nights with these guys. All rooms are nicely decorated with an alfresco bathroom. Breakfast is varied too. Dive centre is great also, requests met and dive sites were nice. Hans reef our favourite. Would not hesitate to recommend to all. Thank you Manta Dive.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Chilledoutchick
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

We stayed in the "Waterfront Resort" which is part of Manta Dive. We were in one of the 4 very clean (western standard) bungalows. None of these has a view, but are all new and well equipped with safety deposit box (not mounted to a wall, so can be carried away), fridge, AC, TV and a very clean bathroom with a gorgeous freshwater open-air shower. The pool is small, but I would have been ok without it. Best of all is the location: the reef at the hotel was rich with fish and turtles. For snorkeling it's great, for swimming you better walk 300m south.

The breakfast was ok for Indonesia. The staff was extremely friendly and caring. We enjoyed every minute. Thus we stayed a night longer. We would definitely stay there again.

We also have been diving with Manta: Equipment is heavily used and partly defect. The dive guide was a bit careless. There might be a better dive shop on Gili Air.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
Thank Lennart L
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

We stayed there 6 beautiful nights. It was a such great experience. The organisation was just perfect with all the professional instructors. We d'like to thanks our instructor Nick who gave us the confidence we needed to pass our open water course, teaching us all the basic diver skills with a true passion.
The room was very confy with a typical way which was exactly what we looked for.
If you are eiher a beginner or an advanced diver who wants to see beautiful reef corals, turtles etc... we highly recommend to go to manta Gili air !!

Stephanie & Fabrice

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed for 6 nights in which we did the ssi open water course (3 days).

The small bungalow is nice and cosy. The shower outside nice.
The dive instructor was very nice and skilled. You will get almost private lessons which is a huge advantage.

In short, if you want to dive in the gilis, this is the place. Very friendy staff as well.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 87 Jalan Koperasi | Ampenan, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Air
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Gili Air
#1 Best Value Hotel in Gili Air
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Gili Air
Price Range: £27 - £53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Manta Dive Gili Air Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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