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ABOUT BLUE MARLIN DIVE GILI MENO

BLUE MARLIN GILI MENO, just like our flagship dive centre on Gili Trawangan, is the original dive centre of beautiful Gili Meno, first opening our doors in 2001. As the island’s signature PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, we pride ourselves on the knowledge and experience of our captains, crew, divemasters and instructors. Meno is the quietest of the three Gilis and our dive centre reflects that in a more personal experience and relaxed environment. Don’t be fooled, though, our small dive centre has a big personality! Our staff are a special Gili Meno mix, with PADI instructors from various countries and crew from Meno, Lombok and neighbouring Indonesian islands. Most importantly, all our staff has one thing in common: the desire to show you a great time and the best diving we can! Ideally situated between Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, most dive sites are ever more than a 15-minute cruise from our dive shop. Get the real ‘deserted tropical island’ experience without foregoing the diving standards you expect from a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre. If you want to get off the beaten track without actually having to – Blue Marlin Gili Meno is for you.

BLUE MARLIN DIVE is the largest dive company in Indonesia, with 5 locations offering a multitude of underwater and topside experiences throughout this beautiful country. While we continue to expand and offer more services to our guests, we maintain a strong family atmosphere that has been integral to our development from modest beginnings.

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The Blue Marlin Story

Blue Marlin Dive was founded in the early 1990’s off the coast of Lombok in Gili Trawangan by (now!) famed technical diver and PADI Course Director, Simon Liddiard. Back then, there were no dive centres on the island and the “Blue Marlin Dive” that you know and love consisted of just a few sets of gear and one instructor: Simon. At that time, the island was inhabited by approximately 400 local residents and Simon became friends with Yant, whose family was one of the first settlers on the island.  As tourism took off in Bali, backpackers sought warm waters, white sand beaches, the occasional party scene and vibrant reefs: the rest is history. On August 22nd, 1992 Simon and Yant came together to create the first dive centre of the Gilis, and Blue Marlin Dive was officially established.

Over the past 25+ years, Simon and his colleagues have become some of the most experienced dive professionals in the industry, especially when it comes to Indonesia and the Gili Islands. Simon not only initiated the growth of tourism in the Gili Islands but located many of the dive sites visitors dive today such as the Japanese World War II Wreck, Tunang Wall and Simon’s Reef.

Blue Marlin Dive now operates in Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Lombok, Komodo, and most recently, Gili Air. With a fleet of over 10 day boats, 2 liveaboards, a world-renowned technical diving centre, multiple retail outlets and resorts, Blue Marlin has grown into a network our guests can use to their advantage. Turn to Blue Marlin Dive for a company that routinely emphasises passion, safety, quality and the all important ideals of family within the Indonesian diving industry.

Meet The Team
  • Anisha
    AnishaGeneral Manager

    Anisha is a Staff Instructor with 4 years of teaching under her belt and is certified to teach Deep, Wreck, Enriched Air, Emergency O2 Provider, NightandShark Awareness Specialities. She can teach in Hindi and English, and on the rare occasions she escapes from the office to actually go diving she likes to explore wrecks.

  • Waz
      WazInstructor

      Hailing from Jersey (the one between England and France not the one in the US), Waz has been at Blue Marlin Meno just a couple of months longer than his best buddy Nico. The course he enjoys teaching the most is the PADI Rescue Diver course, during which he will really put your through your paces, challenging you to handle all kinds of problems both above and below the water. He speaks fluent English, Australian, American, Canadian…and is guaranteed to make you laugh into your regulator.

    • Nico
        NicoInstructor

        Nico has been diving for almost 20 years and joined Blue Marlin Meno in June 2013. He can teach in both French and English and has a passion for videography and octopuses (octopi? octopodes?). He is at his happiest when he’s sharing his love for diving with you…provided you follow his number one rule, which is “always look good”. And he does indeed look good in a wetsuit.

      • Tamar
          TamarInstructor

          Tamar discovered diving by accident when she was coerced into trying a Discover Scuba Dive despite protestations of cowardice and a dislike of putting her face in the water. Four months later she was a Divemaster and has been an Instructor since 2015. She loves nudibranchs and UV Night Dives, and can teach Deep, Wreck, Night, Search & Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, Aware Fish Identification, Enriched Air and Emergency O2 Provider Specialities.

        • Rahil
            RahilOffice Manager

            Rahil is the longest serving member of the Blue Marlin Meno team and has been with us since 2002. Though she be small, she is undoubtedly mighty, and keeps us all on the straight and narrow.

          • Basni
              BasniReceptionist

              Basni is a very welcome addition to the team. She helps Rahil keep the office running smoothly and keeps us smiling with her slinky dance moves. Before joining Blue Marlin she ran her own business in her home city of Mataram.

            • Jay
                JayCompressor Guru

                Jay is the man who keeps you underwater longer with a good full fill of air in your tank. Once the tanks are filled he also likes to come out on the boat to help you with your gear. He gives the best massages on the island (strong hands from lifting tanks and twisting all those valves).

              • Bahri
                  BahriPool Maintenence

                  Blue Marlin Meno just would not be the same without Bahri’s ever-present smile. He is justifiably proud of the swimming pool, which he lovingly tends to make sure you have crystal clear water to practice your skills in. He enjoys helping out on the boat too and there’s nothing nicer than surfacing from a great dive to see Bahri ‘s beaming face welcoming you back to the boat. We’re still trying to persuade him to come underwater with us though.

                • Ardi
                    ArdiCaptain

                    Ardi has a personality as big as his broad shoulders and a cheeky sense of humour. He is an experienced captain, having first learnt his craft back in 2005, and knows all the best drop-in points. He’s always ready to take on new challenges and learn new skills.

                  • Adi
                      AdiCaptain

                      We call Adi “Mr 100,000”. He’ll do anything for you….for 100,000Rp. Like most of our boat crew he’s lived all his life in Pemenang in north Lombok, and in his spare time likes to race cars. He was very excited to go on his first ever Discover Scuba Dive with us recently, and now he knows first-hand just why we all love being underwater so much he would like to train to become a Divemaster.

                    • Hasan
                        HasanCaptain

                        This is Hasan’s first job as a captain after having gained experience working as a crewman over on Gili Trawagan. He is really looking forward to learning to dive with Blue Marlin Meno. When he’s not holding the helm he’s almost certain to be holding a good strong cup of coffee.

                      • Hamrin
                          HamrinCrew

                          Hamrin is a steady, reliable pair of hands. He has tried diving but is much happier on the boat than below the waves. In fact the only time you’ll see him looking happy in the water is when he’s relaxing in our pool between dives: the water jets give a great back massage.

                        • Rian
                            RianCrew

                            Rian is another man who always has a smile on his face. He’s always quick to help with anything you need and is a reliable and friendly character. We have discovered one thing that wipes the smile off his face though…on his recent Discover Scuba Dive he was rather alarmed to come face to face with a giant moray eel.

                          • Herman
                              HermanCrew

                              Modest, quiet and dependable, Herman gets the job done without fuss or fanfare, and this holds true in his private life too. One evening after work he quietly slipped away on his motorbike, picked up his fiancee and whisked her away to be married in secret. He has since agreed to a suitably modest celebration with close friends and family though.

                            • Furnaen
                                FurnaenCrew

                                Furnaen is an experienced crewman, having worked over at Gili T before coming here. He’s the strongman of the team: in his spare time he likes to go running and work out (and that’s after a day of lifting tanks into the boat!)

                              • Dana
                                  DanaCompressor Guru

                                  Dana is passionate about looking after our tanks and you can have no doubt that we will be meeting all our maintenance schedules with him on the job. He’s also a keen linguist and will love to learn a few words of your language if he doesn’t already know some. When not at Blue Marlin he spends time caring for his pet owl

                                • Candra
                                    CandraCrew

                                    An enthusiastic addition to the team, Candra has enjoyed the switch from waiting tables to crewing a dive boat. He uses so much energy during the day though that he reckons he is too tired to do anything but sleep when he goes home. He does sometimes manage to get to the gym though and is also learning to spin poi. We’re looking forwards to seeing a demonstration one day.

                                  • Alpian
                                      AlpianCrew

                                      Another newcomer to the diving business, Alpian is the strong, silent type who watches everything and is learning fast.

                                    • Corinne (Coco)
                                        Corinne (Coco)General Manager

                                        Coco lives for coffee, chocolate and cheese. Hailing from Switzerland, Coco used to be a news presenter on the radio… Until she travelled to Southeast Asia and discovered scuba diving. She has been working as a PADI-Professional for more than 6 years and has been part of the Blue Marlin Family for over 3 years. Coco now co-manages Blue Marlin Air and makes sure that you enjoy your diving holiday to the fullest. She answers your questions and inquiries in Swiss-German, German, English and, if you ask nicely, even French. Occasionally you will still be able to meet her underwater when she gets you hooked on your diving adventure.

                                      • Pieter
                                          PieterGeneral Manager

                                          Pieter could have been a professional cyclist, furniture maker, green keeper, landscaper, fruit picker, climber or painter. But somewhere in between the Netherlands and travelling the rest of the world, he got sucked into the diving industry. In over 8 years as a PADI Professional, he has taught hundreds of students and completed thousands of dives. You’ll now find him in residence as co-manager of Blue Marlin Air. Pieter deals with millions of questions every day, juggles queries about rooms, boats, housekeeping, horse carts and much more with never-ending patience.

                                        • Jenni
                                            JenniRestaurant Manager
                                          • Brian
                                              BrianInstructor
                                            • Nikki
                                                NikkiInstructor
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