Iwan was born on August 23, 1976 in Bitung, North Sulawesi. He was married in 2001 (his wife makes and sells delicious crisps – ask him if you can buy a pack!) and has 2 children.
He started his diving career in 1995 and was trained by the late, great, Larry Smith, the critter-diving pioneer of Lembeh. Iwan has logged over 13,000 dives and is also a certified Divemaster.
His favourite critter is the nudibranch because of their amazing variety of colors, shapes and patterns and he also enjoys observing their unique behavior. Iwan is great at finding the rarest, most unusual nudis and particularly likes the dive site Nudi Falls for its abundance of nudibranchs.
In addition to being a skilled guide, Iwan is also our in-house dive equipment technician and is an excellent underwater photographer.