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“Fantastic place, fantastic staff, fantastic island!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Manta Dive Gili Air

Manta Dive Gili Air
Ranked #1 of 23 Tours in Gili Air
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“Fantastic place, fantastic staff, fantastic island!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

My family stayed at Manta Dive for 4 nights and we has a really great time. The garden villas were lovely and they were able to give us 2 with adjoining door as we have 3 young kids. Every member of staff from cleaning staff to waiter/waitresses to dive instructors to admin staff were awesome, friendly and helpful.
The rooms were comfy and clean with AC and a safety box. Bathrooms had an outdoor shower which my kids thought was hilarious although they went so keen on the salt water that came out the shower rather than fresh water!!!! But it didn't spoil a thing.
The Waterfront restaurant is lovely. The food was delicious and the staff really friendly and helpful.
Our son had his birthday whilst we were there and the staff were fantastic making him feel special with birthday wishes and even organised a cake for him! He did an intro to diving course for kids too on this birthday which he lived. Laura, the dive instructor made the experience lots of fun and ignited a new interest for our son!! He wants to return next year when he's 10 to do his first proper dive with Manta Dive!
We had the best time and I highly recommend staying at Manta Dive.

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“Pro, Kind, fun, safe, organised! Brilliant :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Manta dive is probably the best dive centre I have used and we dive quite a lot. They are a calm professional group who are organised, and know how to keep everyone safe and having fun too. I was mostly impressed with the two Robs (Rob with the big laugh and Rob with the golden surfer hair) we met there, who could not have been more kind and patient with all of our different needs in the group. Both of them were so happy and consistent with our group of divers and thorough in all they did. We also needed lots of help and advice with transport and two of the girls there (I never got your names-sorry) helped us and advised us, going out of their way to make sure we were sorted.

Emma took some from our group on a deeper dive and she was so organised and helpful with us and made our diving experience one we will remember forever. She had so much patience and time for us too, making sure we all filled in our books after the dive and knew the names of the fish we saw Thanks for a great time! My friends and brother are still diving with you this week as they have extended their diving with you after they had a great taster session the other day!

Visited July 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Great dive shop, great divers!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

The staff at Manta dive are all awesome, they're incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the local area and the world of diving. All the fun dives we did were led by true professionals (Opik and Suze). Special mentions go to: Al for his warm hospitality, scintillating magic tricks and gentlemanly English ways, Rob the manager for organising everything for us and running such a well oiled machine!

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Limerick, Ireland
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“Best holiday dive experience EVER”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

We arrived on Gili Air a few weeks ago and decided to do a scuba course for a group of 6.
Having done a little online research online beforehand we heard good things about Manta Dive and thankfully we went with them, they are fantastic.

From start to finish everything ran like clockwork for our 3 day course (and you get a free T-Shirt of your choice)
The atmosphere is very relaxed but professional and at all times we were made feel like we were part of the furniture there.

Our instructers Sam & Nick could not have been any better from a training perspective but the guys were also great fun to hangout with for the 3 days.
In fact we had such a good time with them we even socialized with them on one of the evenings.
Nick, from South Africa has clocked up over 2200 dives and so has a wealth of experience to offer. Also, he's a keen guitarist and singer and can be seen performing in one of the local bars on Wednesday evenings.
Sam from the UK, is a highly experienced cave diver and deep water diver with some fantastic stories of his experiences to share that will make your jaw drop.

If you find yourself in Gili Air and fancy some casual diving or some training, Manta is the place to go.

The diving is just amazing there, 30 to 40 meters of visibility even when you are 20 odd meters down.

The sealife and corals are just a burst of colour that you can't dream of until you see it, turtles, rays, morays, stonefish, groupers, tunas to metion just a few.

Make sure your ask for Sam & Nick too for added enjoyment of your dive trip.

Benny

Visited July 2014
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“Fantastic fun dives”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

We chose to do a total of 8 fun dives with Manta Dive as they were friendly, approachable and were passionate about discovering what the Gili Islands have to offer below the surface!
We dived with Martin and Suz, who were both great. In particular, Suz's energy and passion was infectious!
The pre-dive briefings were taken seriously, with an emphasis on safety, and were thorough in terms of explaining the dive site and potential sightings.
The dive boat was quick and took us to the sites within 10-25 minutes.
The only thing that could be improved is the provision of water on the boat. The only water available was a large tank with only 1 cup - it appeared to have sat on the boat unchanged for a few days. After a dive it would be nice to have fresh water available to all divers.

Visited July 2014
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