Who We Are

Who We Are

North Stradbroke Island is a pristine, secluded island paradise – a hidden treasure only an hour from central Brisbane.

Opened in 1992, Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre is the islands only dive centre and Brisbane’s only SSI Instructor Training Centre. Offering SSI courses from beginner level right up to Instructor and beyond, Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre is the go-to Brisbane facility for high quality, live-in dive training.

Located right on the beach at Point Lookout, we run a full service dive resort with daily scuba and snorkel tours along with both dormitory and private accommodation options plus surfboard hire.

Come visit us today and let our experienced team show you the magic of North Stradbroke Island.



The Manta Lodge Team

James Griffith – Coxswain, SSI Instructor and the man who keeps the Manta fleet mobile.

Dan Fitzgerald – SSI Instructor Trainer, SSI Extended Range Instructor, Scuba Service Technician and Manta Lodge operations wizard!

Jenna Rigby – SSI AOW Instructor, booking guru and responsible for keeping our admininstration side running smoothly!

Dan Kennedy – Skipper extraordinaire and SSI Divemaster in training. The happy face you’ll see when surfacing post dive!

David Biddulph – PADI Divemaster (but we don’t hold that against him), Master Photographer and the man who knows more about diving North Stradbroke than anyone else!

Sheryl Gotje – Go-to for North Stradbroke Island information and the friendly face who checks you in for your stay and dive.

Pip Griffith – Reception, organiser and customer relations whiz.

Ian Powell – SSI AOW Instructor and Oceanic/Mares Service Technician.

Rachel Parry – SSI AOW Instructor, Master Freediver and passionate eco-diver.

Ross Mcphee – Coxswain, Divemaster and Manta Lodge’s head Scuba Service Technician.

Pete Kenny – Resident night manager and top quality Chef for our festival weekends.

And we can't forget our amazing crew of cleaners, casual dive masters, instructors, DMT’s and volunteers!