The Mantaray Dive Shop caters for divers of all capabilities, from those wishing to learn or discover scuba diving, up to well qualified divers wishing to experience what the local reefs have to offer.
Typically, there are newbies learning to dive every day, as well as groups of divers going out in Regulator – the dive boat – to do double dives at sites just 10 minutes away.
Though it looks small from the outside, inside the dive shop there’s enough hire gear to support a couple of dozen divers. They even have Canon G12 cameras and housings for hire.
As an SSI school, learning to dive with Mantaray Dive is a very inexpensive way to get an Open Water certification. Check with the manager Joe, as there are often, seriously unbelievable deals in the low season. But it’s not only the price that is the incentive, learning to dive on the local house reef would have to be one of the best places to get your first scuba experience.
Typically, there is a morning double dive, and an afternoon single or double on request. Night dives are also easy to arrange as they are on the house reef. You can contact Mantaray Dive directly via their website.
|Training School Type:||SSI||Nitrox Fill:|
|Air Fill||Number of Guides||5|
|Gear Hire||Number of Boats||2|
|Gear Sales||Number of Dive Sites||30|
The Mantaray Dive Shop is at the northern end of the resort.
What to expect
Diving starts at 8.45 daily. The tanks and regs are already on the boat, it’s just a matter of carrying the weights and basics out when everyone is ready. Regulator is a no frills dive boat: tanks down the middle, benches to seat about 8 – 10 divers, fin bin down the back, chilly bin up front. There is dry stowage under the bow with the life vests – which is also a good place to keep a camera safe and dry. Most of the dive sites are literally a 10 minute trip across calm water, so a bare boat is all you really need.
Entry is a backward roll over the side, and exit is via the ladder at the rear. The surface interval is taken in the nearest bay – which also allows for a snorkel if like some – you can’t get enough of the underwater world. On board, there are plenty of cookies and cold water.
Even after two generous dives, and a surface interval, you will be back at the resort in time to catch lunch.