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Etoile Smulders & Gustav Lilienfeld

Cruise Directors

Etoile Smulders & Gustav Lilienfeld

Hi! We are Etoile Smulders and Gustav Lilienfeld and we are the Cruise Directors aboard Emperor Raja Laut in Indonesia.

I (Gustav) am from Cape Town, South Africa and I (Etoile) am from France and Hong Kong. Apart from being scuba diving professionals we are both keen free divers, surfers, sailors and underwater photographers. The ocean has always been our main driving force in life and working aboard Emperor Raja Laut allows us to live and work with our passion. We can't wait to share the experience with you.

I (Etoile) started diving when I was 10 years old and never stopped. I'm an avid technical and rebreather diver and my biggest accomplishment is a 100m cave dive when I was just 18 years old. I'm also a passionate underwater filmmaker and conservationist and have produced films that have been accepted into ocean conservation film festivals world wide. When not guiding our guests around the glorious reefs of Indonesia, you can find me freediving with my UW camera in hand.

I (Gustav) am an experienced and enthusiastic dive professional. I have considerable experience teaching and leading dive groups of all ages in all conditions. I am also a passionate freediver (40m+), powerboat skipper, national surfer, certified first aid respondent and sailor. By combining my academic degree in Environmental Science with my qualifications and widespread experiences of the ocean and the outdoors, my aim is to make your experience with us as adventurous and memorable as possible. And to welcome you back for more Indonesian magic.

Come and let us show you the wonders of Indonesia in the very best ways possible!

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