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About Us
Group of scuba divers on Fast Manta's boat, PADI scuba diving school in Krabi.

This is Fast Manta Diving Krabi

Fast Manta is a PADI 5 Star IDC Center and the first and only authorised PADI Freediving Center in Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand. Founded in 2019 by Kari, a passionate Finnish dive enthusiast and PADI staff instructor, our dive centre emerged from the need of delivering a superior, customer-focused, and eco-conscious diving experience in the Krabi region. We specialise in unforgettable diving, freediving, and snorkelling adventures in the captivating landscapes of Phi Phi islands and Ao Nang’s local islands. Emphasising safety, we strictly adhere to PADI rules and regulations, ensuring that you are in safe hands throughout your diving journey. At Fast Manta, our commitment extends to the preservation of Krabi’s fragile coral and marine ecosystems.

Read on to learn more about our mission and our crew, or visit our shop on Ao Nang Beach to connect with our staff and book your next diving adventure!

Our Values

Underwater image of two scuba divers and instructor providing assistance. PADI Open Water Diver Course in Krabi, Thailand.

Our goal is to train safe and skilled divers committed to environmental responsibility. We pour our heart into sharing our love for the ocean and diving, urging our students to excel beyond the minimal requirements for dive certification. From the very beginning of your training, you will practise your basic scuba diving skills neutrally buoyant. This not only ensures your comfort as a certified diver but also emphasises the protection of sensitive marine ecosystems. The divers we train take safety issues seriously, consider others, and develop good buddy and spatial awareness, instilling a sense of responsibility and mindfulness in every underwater exploration.

Vibrant coral reef of the Andaman Sea.

We are deeply committed to environmental conservation and sustainability. Our dedication is evident in the little details, from our exclusive use of reef-safe sunscreen to using refillable water tanks and reusable cups onboard, to further reduce our environmental impact. Partnering with conservation organisations Coralyfe and Shark Guardian, we channel our efforts to protect fragile coral reefs and advocate for the preservation of sharks, aiming to foster the well-being of the entire marine ecosystem. Together with Coralyfe, we offer our own PADI Coralyfe Reef First Aid specialty course. Our commitment extends to proactive initiatives, including the collection of debris, like fishing lines and nets, and active participation in coral planting activities. As part of our ethos, we train eco-aware divers, teaching them from the ground up to embrace environmentally friendly diving practices and education. Sustainability is not just a practice for us; it’s an integral part of our journey to ensure the lasting health of our precious marine environments.

Snorkeller getting ready to go snorkelling in the Andaman Sea with all his gear on.

Your safety is our top priority. We achieve this through having a team of highly trained professionals who adhere to PADI’s rules and regulations. Our dedication extends to having small group sizes and to using up-to-date and well-maintained boats and equipment, ensuring a secure and reliable diving or snorkelling experience. Additionally, we provide comprehensive insurance coverage for all our customers, offering peace of mind and protection throughout your trip with us. Your safety is non-negotiable, and we take every measure to make sure you dive with confidence and enjoyment.

PADI scuba diving instructor helping divers with their scuba gear.

We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality customer service that goes beyond your expectations. Our friendly and dedicated staff is committed to assisting you at every stage of your diving adventure, from the moment you make your booking to your transfers, on the boat, and even underwater. While our team maintains professionalism, we ensure a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, encouraging you to follow the natural flow of the day. Your experience with us is not just about diving; it’s about creating lasting memories with exceptional customer-focused service from start to finish.

Fast Manta staff training day in Krabi, Thailand.

We prioritise accessibility by offering our diving courses in a multitude of languages, ensuring that language barriers do not hinder your learning experience. In addition to English, our services are available in German, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Swedish, Thai and Afrikaans. Our commitment to providing diverse language options enhances the ease of understanding crucial safety instructions and dive theory. By having a multilingual team, we can help make your initiation into the diving world seamless and enjoyable.

Three scuba diving instructors smiling on a boat, enjoying scuba diving fun in the Andaman Sea, Krabi.

Our commitment to safety extends beyond the waters to create a secure and respectful workplace environment. As an employer, our foremost priority is fostering a culture of safety, where each member of our staff is treated with respect. We proudly uphold a zero-tolerance policy against any form of harassment, ensuring that our team can work harmoniously, free from any concerns. By choosing to dive with us, you will get more than just an exceptional diving experience; you will be choosing a company dedicated to making a positive impact on both its team and community. Our goal is to be recognised as the best place to work in the diving and travel industry.

The Fast Manta Crew

Fast Manta founder & CEO Kari

Kari

Founder, CEO, PADI Staff Instructor
Fast Manta COO Tero

Tero

Co-Owner, COO
Fast Manta staff member Simon

Simon

Assistant Manager, PADI MSDT & Freediving Instructor
Fast Manta staff member Haah

Haah

Head of Accounting & Shop Operations
Fast Manta staff member Kajsa

Kajsa

PADI OWSI
Fast Manta staff member Marvin

Marvin

PADI OWSI
Fast Manta staff member Robin

Robin

PADI OWSI
Fast Manta staff member Aey

Aey

Captain, Ocean Manta
Fast Manta staff member Ann

Ann

Deckhand & Mechanic
Fast Manta staff member Lip

Lip

Deckhand & Mechanic

Every member of the Fast Manta dive team maintains a current PADI membership and is in active teaching status. All our instructors are committed to keep evolving and developing their teaching skills and to understanding and preserving the local environment.

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Reviews

Idan Mastitz
Idan Mastitz
14/05/2024
צללנו בכמה מקומות בעולם וללא ספק זה המועדון הכי טוב שצללנו איתו! סירה חדשה ומאובזרת ולא מעץ, מדריכים מעולים דוברי אנגלית, ציוד חדש ואווירה של צלילת VIP! על הסירה היה כיבוד קל ושתייה, לאחר הצלילות ארוחת צהריים טעימה. ללא ספק מקצוענים, נהנו מאוד בצלילה איתם, ממליצים בחום!
Tiphini Axtell
Tiphini Axtell
14/05/2024
Our two teens got their PADI open water diving certificates last week with Fast Manta and I was truly blown away by the experience. It’s a little nerve wracking having your kids take on such a challenge but from the first communication with this dive shop, I knew we were in good hands. Tero answered all of our questions leading up to the dive lessons, sending encouragement and explaining the how and why of things. Robin and Kajsa worked with them on the actual diving portion and truly I could not have asked for better instructors. Both were wonderful but Kajsa (who worked with them in the open water) was an absolute gem. Not only was it apparent immediately that she was a wealth of diving knowledge, but the way she connected with our kids was truly remarkable. She was patient, meeting them exactly where they were at to ensure they understood everything, every step of the way. She gave them her undivided attention at all times on the boat, assuring that they fully understood everything and giving them clear feedback after each dive. Kajsa is truly the kind of person you want in charge of your children in any sort of high stress situation and I cannot thank our lucky stars enough that she was assigned to them for this course. They had an absolute blast learning this new skill and were so proud of themselves at the end. As a parent and passenger, it was so cool to see how their confidence just blossomed under Kajsa’s guidance. Thank you Fast Manta for this epic experience and for the whole team who was just so fun and so capable! Cannot recommend this shot highly enough for your diving needs while in Krabi!
Piotr Koszela
Piotr Koszela
13/05/2024
Really good diving experience, safe and relaxing. Equipment was in very good condition, no issues there, food served was pretty delicious. We dived around phi phi islands at Bida Nok and Hin Bida dive sites, which are well known for rich coral structures and abundancy of sea life. We even spotted a couple of leopard sharks. In overall I would recommend Fast Manta if somebody is seeking some fun diving in Ao Nang. Special thanks for Si, our dive guide who was looking after us, he ensured our safety and equipment setup and was pointing out those funny little shrimps :).
Jessica Weaver
Jessica Weaver
13/05/2024
Wauuu super recomendable
Alan T
Alan T
12/05/2024
High quality, new and well maintained equipment. Professional dive masters. Marvin was very knowledgeable in the dive sites and fishes. He was patient in answering our questions. One minor thing that could be improved is lunch - meat on both days were quite tough and dry
Selina Hunt
Selina Hunt
12/05/2024
I was super impressed with Fast Manta! Not only was the experience seamless, logistically, they take care of you and are super professional. Our dive guide, Andy, was one of the best dive masters I have ever had. He was an expert at finding the wildlife, even if it was almost completely camouflage. He spotted an octopus that I would have casually swam right over as it blended in. Every detail from changing the tanks from dive to dive and loading the weight belts was taken care of. I cannot recommend Fast Manta enough! Thanks for a wonderful experience :) 100% worth every penny!
Matthew Coles
Matthew Coles
11/05/2024
There may be cheaper dives but there surely isn’t better dives with a more caring and enjoyable crew. Top notch experience. Wouldn’t dive with any other company for any of the Krabi area dives.
Jakub Soukup
Jakub Soukup
10/05/2024
Muzu jen doporucit, profesionalni pristup pri planovani potapecskeho vyletu, pomoc i v jinych oblastech, nakupy, jidlo atd. Den potapeni - vse na cas a dobre zorganizovane, lod a posadka super, v cene mala snidane, soft drinks, voda, ovoce, obed. Dive master jmenem "Si" a jeho tym velmi mili a profesionalni, rozdeleni dle stupne licenci do malych skupin. Ponory naplanovane dle aktualnich podminek, vyborne vedene. Celou dobu na lodi jsme si povidali o potapeni a Thajsku obecne. Dle internetoveho (pouze internetoveho) pruzkumu trochu drazsi, ale stoji to za to.

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