Lauren Sparks 

shark-diving-indo-ocean-projectLauren has been working as a research diver and instructor for the last 10 years. Her passion for travel and diving  has brought her around the world for jobs in the Caribbean, Australia, South Pacific, and South East Asia. She first moved to Indonesia in 2012 and since than has made it her home. “I fell in love with Indonesia the moment I landed. The people were so welcoming, the culture was so rich and beautiful, and the food was amazing! But the moment I went underwater I knew I found home. That was 5 years ago and I’ve officially set my roots. I’m so proud to call this country my second home.”

Lauren did a double major in Biology and Theatre back in her home country of Canada but her real passion is working as a field scientist and teaching scientific diver and shark conservation courses. She has over 5000 dives and certified 1000’s of students from around the world. She is a Dive Master Instructor with SSI and a Master Scuba Diver Trainer with PADI. She developed a specialty scientific diver and Indo-Pacific Fish Identification training course which is now a recognized certification course with PADI and SSI agencies.

Lauren will be your main contact while you are preparing for your adventure and can usually be found around the office at the Penida Project, unless she is under the water at Manta Point or hunting for Mola’s with camera in hand at Crystal Bay.





Hery Kiswanto

Hery K profile picHery has been working in the Indonesian dive industry for 8 years and has accumulated thousands of dives in the area. He is extremely knowledgable about the marine life and with eyes like a hawk he can find all the things you didn’t know were there from pigmy sea horses to tiny frogfish. He is a certified Dive Instructor with SSI. He is from northern Lombok (1 island away from Bali) where he lives with his wife and daughter. Hery’s knowledge of Indonesian tradition and his passion for marine conservation lead him to partner up with long time colleague and friend, Lauren, to create a nation wide conservation project. Look for him as the leader on our Komodo and Raja Ampat expeditions as well as making guest appearances at our Penida Project.