Having enjoyed her first scuba dive at the tender age of ten, Lutwala owner Fern, has been diving for well over half her life. She has dived all over the world – Indonesia, South Africa, Mozambique, Philippines, Australia and Egypt to name but a few – but it was Gili Trawangan that stole her heart and she was based here for more than 10 years. Scuba diving is Fern’s true passion and she has qualified herself to an exceptionally high level. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a TDI Advanced Trimix diver with numerous deep sea dives well beyond 100m, a TDI Advanced Wreck Penetration diver and a TDI Extended Range instructor. She also offers many DAN speciality courses; Oxygen Provider, Neurological Assessment and Hazardous Marine Life Injuries. Fern now spends most of time in her home country, South Africa, where she runs Nomad’s South African Diving Tours.
Born in Oklahoma in the United States, Tori never even saw an ocean until she was nearly 30! Once she did she never looked back. She became a Divemaster in Oklahoma and then moved to Florida to become an Instructor and Dive Resort Operation Specialist. Now a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Instructor of over 20 Specialties, a DAN Instructor as well as a professional Underwater Photographer, Tori has worked in the Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, Alabama and Florida. Tori had always wanted to work and dive in Indonesia and in 2014 she made that dream come true and moved here with her husband Joe and 3 parrots to become General Managers of Lutwala Dive. Tori works closely with the Cats of Gili, she also helped found Horses of Gili and the new Gili Islands Veterinary Clinic.
From Massachusetts US, Joe manages Lutwala Dive with Tori and brings along a lot of technical knowledge to the team after spending many years building boats in the United States. In 2012 he became an avid scuba diver and has since worked his way up to a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. He is also a great underwater photographer and a certified Regulator Repair Technician. Joe helps to maintain the dive compressors, generator and internet router here at the resort amongst many other duties. Joe fell in love with Gili Trawangan quite quickly and he and Tori plan to be here for many years to come! He lived for a number of years in Europe as a professional cyclist and can speak fluent Swedish as well as his native English.
Jannie came to Lutwala Dive in 2017 as a Divemaster seeking more experience. She completed an internship and then stayed on to become an Instructor. After accomplishing this Jannie decided to stay on and join our team an we are so glad she did! Jannie is originally from Germany and is also a fantastic artist so she helps us out alot with designs and social media as well as keeping things more organized in the instructor area!
Vikram came to us a few years ago and began working here in the kitchen. He became interested in diving after watching everyone in the pool (who wouldn’t?) and soon earned his Open Water and Advanced Open Water. He was so at home in the water soon his kitchen job was abandoned in the quest to learn more about diving! He is now a Divemaster and one of our best guides who is both entertaining and professional and very good and spotting cool stuff underwater.
The local team
Lutwala Dive is lucky to be supported by an excellent team of Indonesian staff who are very friendly, smiling and always willing to help you with whatever you might need; kitting up on the boat, organising transport to and from the island, taking your order in The Tipsy Goat Bar & Cafe or advising you on what to do whilst on Gili Trawangan.