Meet the Team
It’s always nice to put a face to a name, so how about you meet some of the Manta Family! We look forward to diving with you in the near future on some of our beautiful reefs in Gili Air. We love island life but few of us are originally from Gili Air. To learn more about your favorite Instructors, Dive Masters, and Manta Dive Staff read below where we answer a few of our most often asked questions.
The Dive Team
Rob is the Manta Dive Head Instructor and was born in Bristol, UK. He began his diving life in Mexico.
What made you want to become a scuba diver? I was traveling and happened to be in Honduras which (at the time) was the cheapest part of the world to learn to dive, so I thought why not be a dive master! Talk me through your dive life? I went from “Zero to Hero” which meant I did all the course back to back, up to my Dive Master, then I worked as a DM for 2 years before doing my instructor. An opportunity then arose to further my career in a dive centre so I took it! What do you enjoy most about your job? Taking people under water for the first time because I want to see them smile. Which is your favorite dive site in the Gilis and why? Hans Reef and Deep Turbo! They are great for all types of training either 12m, 18m or 24m. If you were a fish, what would you be and why? Great White Shark, because they are cool. What is top of your bucket list? To see Thresher or Basking Sharks
Anna is Manta Dive's in-house Instructor Trainer. Born in Seattle, Washington in the USA, she has grown up around the ocean.
What made you want to become a scuba diver? I grew up swimming and snorkeling, I kept hearing about how great diving was from all my friends, so one day I tried it, and was hooked. Talk me through your dive life... I did my Open Water and Advanced straight away in Honduras and was bitten by the dive bug. I was in Costa Rica working at a surf camp later, and it was easy to travel to Belize to continue my training as a Rescue then Dive Master and beyond. What do you enjoy most about your job? I find it so satisfying to teach people to share what their enthusiasm for diving. It is great to teach people who are stoked to learn and dive. Which is your favorite dive site in the Gilis and why? Seahorse Bay because of the amazing macro opportunities to see my favorite fish, the frogfish. If you were a fish, what would you be? I would be Nemo as he is so cute!
Bas (Bastien), a Dive Instructor was born in Paris, France.
Which food is your guilty pleasure? French food of any kind, for example, cheese. Talk me through your dive career... I did my first dive 2 years at Manta Dive and then I went from “zero to hero,” Which is your favorite dive site in the Gilis and why? Shark Point because the deep part is nice, the corals are nice, sharks are nice, there is also a small “shipwreck” and some current. What do you love the most about Gili Air? The lifestyle, the comradery, everyone is chilled and relaxed, we have nice weather, I dive every day. If you weren’t a dive instructor and could be anything else in the world, what would it be? I would like to be a billionaire!
Instructor Dayana was born in Switzerland speaks four different languages, all very loudly...
Which four languages do you speak? I can speak and teach in English, French, Italian, and German. Which food is your guilty pleasure? Italian food – pasta and pizza. Talk me through your dive life… 12 April 2015 was when I first dived, then I did everything including instructor on Gili Air in just over a year. What do you love most about teaching? The faces of the people when they take their first breath, it’s the best thing. Which is your favorite dive site in the Gilis and why? Halik, because it is shallow and also deep. It’s beautiful, the lights the colors, it’s just perfect. What do you love the most about Gili Air? The atmosphere, the people, everyone is happy, everyone is thankful. If you weren’t a dive instructor, what would you do? If I didn’t have to work and if I had the money, I would be a world traveler. What is top of your bucket list? I have three tops and they are all diving related: Tech diving, diving with mantas, whale sharks, and the continental plate.
Instructor Al was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in the UK and speaks three languages.
What are they? I speak English, Spanish, and French. Which food is your guilty pleasure? Bananas Talk me through your dive life when you did your first dive? My first dive was in Majorca at the tender age of 12, I did the course with my uncle and cousin. I carried on diving and decided to go to Honduras to do my instructor course. I have never looked back, I’m living the dream. Which is your favorite dive site in the Gilis and why? Hans Reef because it has everything that the Gilli’s have to offer! There are stingrays, turtles, I have even seen a shark there. What do you love the most about Gili Air? The people. If you weren’t a dive instructor and could be anything else in the world, what would you be? Ski instructor. What is top of your bucket list? Going to Antarctica or watching the Northern Lights.
Mul is one of our Dive Masters and was born in Sumbawa, Indonesia
Why did you want to be a scuba diver? It’s my hobby as well as my job, I like to swim I like water, I like fish! What do you enjoy most about your job? I love diving, meeting people, showing people turtles. What do you love the most about Gili Air? It’s quiet but also busy with things going on. Out of all the dive sites in the Gili’s, which is your favorite and why? Hans Reef, because of turtle rock, you can see big and small things. When you are diving, what fish do you always want to see? A Porcupine fish with the big eyes. What is top of your bucket list? I really want a Hammerhead shark. Do you have a hobby? Diving is my hobby.
Dive Master Rafi was born in Manado, North Suluwesi, Indonesia and he is an expert macro-life spotter!
What made you want to become a scuba diver? A lot of my family members were scuba divers and it’s a good job opportunity. What do you enjoy most about your job? I love seeing the fish and topography. What do you love the most about Gili Air? No cars, no scooters, and no pollution! Out of all the dive sites in the Gilis’s, which is your favorite and why? Night diving at the Harbour because I love muck diving. When you are diving, what fish do you always want to see? Peacock Mantis Shrimp. What is top of your bucket list? I would love to see a leafy sea dragon. Do you have a party trick? I play guitar and love to sing Robbie Williams songs.
Armund and Any both work in our busy front office and you will be greeted by them when you check in! Both were born in Lombok, Indonesia
What do you enjoy most about your job? Armund: People always make me smile and I can then smile with my job. Any: I like talking to the customers and making them happy, giving them good service. What do you love the most about Gili Air? Armund: The beach and Western people. I learnt English at school and in College so I get to practice my English. Any: There is no pollution and the only transport is bicycle or horse-cart. Which food is your guilty pleasure? Armund: All sweet food, I also really like beeter fruit. Any: I love ice cream Bosko (bakso) but if I make it too hot it’s not good for my tummy. What is top of your bucket list? Armund: The one thing I most want to do is to make my family happy, to make my father and my mother always smile. I don’t care about myself, as long as I make them smile, it means they are happy then I am happy. Any: I want to climb Mount Rinjani on Lombok but I don’t have time [laughs].