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Opened in 1992, Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre is North Stradbroke Island’s only dive centre and Brisbane’s only SSI Instructor Training Centre. 

Offering SSI courses from beginner level right up to Scuba Instructor and beyond, Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre is Brisbane’s premier dive facility for high quality, live-in scuba diving training.  Located right on the beach at Point Lookout, we specialise in providing world-class scuba diving courses and dive trips to the Moreton Bay Marine Park on beautiful Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

Perfect for those looking for a scuba diving day trip from Brisbane, Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre runs dive trips five days a week (Friday – Tuesday), as well as snorkel tours on weekends* and various Dive Festivals throughout the year. We also stock an extensive range of scuba hire equipment, have the latest model GoPro video cameras for rental, and offer both air and Nitrox options for divers. 

Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre is proud to stock quality brands such as Halcyon, Mares, GoPro, Shearwater and Mares XR, and offers an in-house dive equipment service centre with our team of fully-accredited scuba service technicians. We also employ ten highly-qualified and experienced dive professionals, have two naiad inflatable dive vessels, and with our own full-time SSI Instructor Trainer, you can complete all your dive training - right up to Professional level – on site.



As well as our full-service scuba centre, we are also North Stradbroke Island’s only YHA Hostel, offering comfortable dorm-style and private accommodation with full facilities for up to 60 guests. We also offer bike, snorkel gear, surfboard and longboard hire for those looking to explore the island on both land and sea.


Visit us today and let our experienced team show you the magic of diving on Brisbane’s North Stradbroke Island!

* Weather and numbers permitting


James Griffith: Coxswain, SSI Instructor, SSI Freediving Instructor, and Manta Lodge Director. James is the man who keeps the Manta fleet mobile!

Dan Fitzgerald: SSI Instructor Trainer, SSI Extended Range Instructor, Scuba Service Technician, First Aid Instructor, and Manta Lodge General Manager. If Dan doesn’t know the answer to a scuba diving question, then it probably doesn’t exist.

Ian Powell: Skipper, SSI/Padi Instructor and service technician.  Whether he's on the surface, underwater or servicing your regulators you can always depend on his attention to detail!

Rhyanon Powell: SSI/Padi  AOW Instructor Kiwi ex-pat and happy-go-lucky instructor!

Chris Garraway:  Skipper and SSI/Padi Instructor.  The happy face you’ll see when surfacing, post-dive!

David Biddulph: PADI Divemaster (circa 1970-something), master photographer, and Manta Lodge legend. Biddy knows more about diving North Stradbroke than anyone else!

Neil Vidler:  SSI Instructor. Possibly the world's biggest dive enthusiast. If it’s made for diving, chances are, Neil has 3 of them (or more).

Doug Townley: SSI Instructor. Lover of all things Halcyon and master of the ‘giant stride’ entry technique. 

Tyler Rae: SSI/PADI Instructor and Canadian import. Just as comfortable on the snowfields of Ontario as he is in the warm waters of the Pacific.

Sheryl Gotje: Reception guru and resident Straddie expert with ALL the local knowledge. The friendly face who checks you in for your stay and your dive!

Pete Kenny: Resident night manager. Also happens to be our top chef who creates drool-worthy feasts on our festival weekends.

And we can't forget our fantastic crew of cleaners, casual dive masters, instructors, DMTs, and volunteers who help our team. You never know who you’ll meet at Manta!



We respectfully acknowledge the Quandamooka People of Minjerribah, Traditional Custodians of the lands, waters and seas where we stand today.

We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and future.