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 has been 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 splits her time between Gili Trawangan and her home country, South Africa, where she runs Nomad & Lutwala’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 and runs the cat hospital here at Lutwala Dive; she also has recently helped found Horses of Gili and is head of the Gili Island Dive Association.
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.
Dave is a Candian native who meet Fern many years ago on a trip to the island. Since then he owned and managed his own restaurant in Canada and worked for many years in a large ski resort in Whistler. Dave is a fantastic cook and has helped to improve our bar and cafe menu substantially! He also helps to run the office during the day and sometimes if we are lucky we talk him into making family dinners for all of us in the evenings! He is a divers as well and enjoys the warm, tranquil waters here on his days off. We are very thankful dave has joined our team and hope he chooses to stay for a while.
Quin is yet another American to join our team here at Lutwala! Quin tried college and decided that it simply wasn’t for him and he instead decided to become a dive professional. He was already an avid diver and became an instructor when he was 18 and has since worked his way up to PADI IDC Staff Instructor. Very soon he will have accrued enough certifications to be a Master Instructor and will then go on to become a Course Director. Quin can teach a number of specialties already and also is a technical diver and is working on becoming a technical instructor as well. Quin currently spends his time helping at our IDC’s and runs our Divemaster program as well. Wehope that Quin will choose to stay with us for many years to come!
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 Lutwala Dive Cafe or advising you on what to do whilst on Gili Trawangan.