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diving CANDIDASA - TEAM

We wanted diving CANDIDASA to be a small diving centre with a homely atmosphere and a personal touch. Let us introduce the team below, so you already know who will welcome you before you even leave.

Resa

Resa is the last member to join our team and as the youngest, you hardly ever see him without his bright smile. He has a talent for showing up just in time when he is needed and he is happy to lend a helping hand, be it loading boats and cars, helping guests with bulky gear, small repairs, preparing dive tours, keeping the diving centre neat and tidy - or supplying us with the delicious Sate Ikan that his mom makes.
Being the son of our Captain Nengha and a born sea-lover, Resa is always happy to act as a boat captain whenever needed. He has also developed a taste for diving recently and will who knows - he may even be your guide one day... 

Titto

In April 2018, Titto joined diving CANDIDASA. The 31 year old is originally from the island of Ambon, on the Moluccas, where he made a living as a fisherman and enjoyed snorkeling in his spare time. However, he got used to exploring Indonesia in an early age already, when his parents moved to Surabaya, where the family lived for a few years. In 2013, Titto decided to move to Bali and try his luck on the Island of the Gods in various jobs. In his last job, before joining the team at diving CANDIDASA, he one day fixed a tire on Max’s bike and neither imagined that their chat would eventually turn into a job-interview…
But Titto is not only really good with his hands and all things big and small, but with his friendly personality and his good English skills also turned into our invaluable snorkeling guide.

Gede

Gede is part of our team since July 2018. A veteran in the waters especially around Candidasa and Nusa Penida, he's also perfectly familiar with the Tulamben/Amed area. The 2 times happy father is rather on the quieter side but super friendly and courteous. He can on occasion be quick with a joke and has his very own way of entertaining our guest. Always attentive, even if it may not seem so, he lends a hand without being asked and keeps our divers safe and sound under water. Gede has an amazing eye for the specials around here, like seahorses, ghost pipefish and nudies, but can also read currents and potential hazards. Liked by guest and colleagues alike, he already is one of the pillars in our dive base. 

Siska

Siska - or, as everyone calls her: Ika - joined us in summer 2019 from the pristine, almost wild depths of Sulawesi. Though a petite lady, she packs quit some personality far outshining her just 40kg of body weight. Very accommodating to everyone, super polite and with an easy laugh that enchants, it's no wonder that Ika immediately found her way into the hearts of our guest. She's also very thorough and attentive so don't let yourself be blinded by her appearance, you'll be in good hands whenever Ika's in charge of one of our trips. 

Yulia

Yulia joined us in November 2018 straight from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, where she was working for as Assistant Event Manager in a national bank. She loves beaches, she travels around South-East Asia to explore many of the countries. And when she was on the Togean Islands in central Sulawesi for a couple of months to help manage a dive resort there, she gave diving a shot. Immediately falling in love with it she decided to join our team, of course partly on the prospect of being able to get extend her dive education here. Yulia has the entire daily logistics in her hands, assists the management in many details and keeps the office up and running. It is most likely that it will be her welcoming you and doing the check in, answering all of your questions and giving you an overview of all options available to you. And finally, of course, plan your daily dive trips and prepare all logistics and you as best as possible.

Nengah

Nengah is the captain of our boat and therefore one of the most important team members. Having been a fisherman in the past, he knows the waters around our dive centre like the palm of his hand and can predict currents with great accuracy and therefore suggest the ideal starting points for our divers. He also always follows the bubbles, so even when we surface at a different spot than originally planned - Nengah will be there. And his wife makes some of the best Fish Satay in entire Candidasa!

Komang

Komang - together with Resa the youngest in our team. Super curious and with an almost playful urge to have to try everything new, it almost looks as if next to his great work as dive staff we'll be able to train our next excellent snorkel guide as well. Rarely without a fullhearted lough, and always with a joke at hand to lighten the mood of guest and colleagues, with Komang it's almost impossible not to be cheerful as well. 

Nengah Sunarta

We regard ourselves lucky for winning Nengah as our experienced driver in early 2019. Negah has worked as a freelance driver for many years and seems to know even the most hidden little side street, be it in busy Denpasar or in the most remote villages on Bali. He is the man in charge of our minibus and ensures that everything is always in top condition. And as a very conscious and safe driver, he makes sure that all our guests get off the bus well-rested and relaxed. 

Wayan

Our Wayan is rather on the the quiet side, while doing his work conscientiously. He only joined our team in Mid 2019 - but has already evolved into having a calming influence on everybody on busy days. A quick learner and always ready to get his hands dirty when needed, he has proven a valuable complement already and is always in the mids where there is something to do. Wayan is still a bit shy with the customers but surely that will change over time. The experienced he gained in a hotel in Ubud already will surely help him herewith. 

Simone

Simone, or "Simi" is our Swiss fraction. She has started her diving education and career in the Dominican Republic and has worked in the Tulamben area for 2.5 years before joining diving CANDIDASA in December 2017. She is happy to share her knowledge about the dive spots, animals and conditions in the north with you. Whether in her courses or while guiding, Simi always finds the right mix of safety and fun.
Being curious and open by nature, Simi embraced new tasks, be it maintaining diving gear, filling tanks or drawing dive site maps. Her friendly and positive attitude and nature makes it easy for our guests to chat with her - about diving or anything else. 

Andreas

As our Base Leader, Andreas is the man in charge of all operations. Planning, organising and execution of diving tours and courses, HR, customer care as well as overseeing maintenance are lying in experienced hands. Andreas has already spent the last 15 years in Indonesia and worked both on liveaboards and in various dive centres, from Sulawesi to Raja Ampat. Since 2005, he is now based on Bali, where he is happily married to a Balinese lady.
Being a passionate instructor, he still enjoyed teaching just as much as guiding certified divers. And loving currents as well as muck diving, he has found the perfect home at diving CANDIDASA to please both passions alike and convince other divers of the beauty of the underwater world.

Max

The captain of our team: Max is shareholder, diving instructor and as Manager Diving Operations in charge of the entire operation at diving CANDIDASA. Together with Natalie, he came to Bali in November 2014 to open the company and to get it all set up and running. Having a marketing and economical background, he develops new products, ideas and strategies and is in charge for the marketing of our dive centre diving CANDIDASA. Yet he is also the main instructor and teaches kids, beginner courses and specialties for experienced divers. If not teaching, Max enjoys exploring new dive sites. He finds pleasure in diving in strong currents just as much as he likes muck diving – so there’s a lot of variety if you get to dive with him. 

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diving CANDIDASA
c/o Candi Beach Resort & Spa
Mendira Beach, Sengkidu
Candidasa, Karangasem
Bali 80871 Indonesia
Tel: 0062 812 367 702 81
Email: candidasa (at) diving.de