Diving around Bali - magical tropical colours


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.


Made has been part of our team since the very first day. Originally from Amed, he came to the diving centre smiling from one ear to the other and greeting each of us with a firm handshake – that’s when we knew: Made is one of us! Since that day he is in charge of the rental equipment: equipping our guests, checking the gear on its return, etc. So yes, there is a high likelihood that you will meet Made in person when you dive with diving CANDIDASA. One day in 2016, Made asked if he could try diving in the pool – a few days later, we certified him as Open Water Diver. Since then, he enjoys diving with us whenever there is an opportunity.


Dedi is the more silent good spirit in our team, who always spreads good moods through his friendly appearance and good temper. Being a real Balinese from Sengkidu, “our” village, he follows Hindu ceremonies with great devotion. His mechanical aptitude makes him one of our most valuable team members: As a former mechanic, Dedi can fix nearly anything that can break. Hard-working and kind he always helps our guests to get equipped, to wash the equipment and to pack the diving bags. In 2016, Dedi became father for the first time and takes great pride in his new role.


Ari joined our team in July 2016 as a Dive Guide. Being from the Buleleng area he gained lots of knowledge about the secrets of Bali’s northern muck diving spots. This and his happy and communicative appearance make him a valuable member of our team. Our guests value his briefings and hand drawn dive maps, but also enjoy his calm and fun way of diving. In December 2016, Ari successfully finished his SSI Dive Master course.
Besides guiding, Ari is also a trained Scubapro technician and is in charge of maintaining our rental regulators and BCDs.


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... 


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 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. 


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 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!


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. 


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.


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. 

diving CANDIDASA -
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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