Captain Manny and his crew were absolutely fabulous! Super helpful, kind, caring, funny, and will go the extra mile just to make sure you’re happy & comfortable!

Janie Zimmer

The Vessel

Perfect for small groups, families and friends, the Cat Ppalu was designed to create a space you can all share and still have some privacy. Private cabins can accommodate up to 12 guests in four (4) double beds and four (4) twin beds.

  • Fully air-conditioned interior with six (6) private cabins
  • Two (2) electric heads (toilets) and freshwater showers for all to share, a sink and mirror in each cabin
  • Dining table seating for the entire party perfect for conversations and games
  • Dive stations on aft deck for easy entry and exit to the water
  • Forward trampoline area great for watching the scenery along the way and starlit dance parties

Our dinghy is for diving safety and transporting guests to and from the islands and cays.

Meet Our Crew


The Captain

Captain Manny is originally from Chile and has been in the professional marine-related industry for the past 20 years. He started as a commercial diver and then in the recreational diving industry as a dive instructor in the Caribbean, Red Sea, Mediterranean, and Atlantic, to name a few places. Manny first joined us on board the Aqua Cat as Dive Instructor in the early 2000’s and later on moved to the yachting sector where he developed his career to become a Captain. He holds an MCA Master 3000gt Captain License, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Instructor, and Chilean Navy Commercial Diver. He speaks Spanish, English and Italian too! Captain Manny loves diving, free diving, horseback riding and a good history book.  Last but not least–he loves a good potato salad, at which he has become quite the gourmet. Manny can be found all around to make sure you have the most enjoyable and safe experience on board Cat Ppalu.



Engineer/Dive Instructor

Born and raised in Chatham Ontario with my three sisters and brother. I moved to Toronto when I turned 19. There I spent nearly a decade playing music and occasionally touring as a drum technician. I met my wife Martyna who was an avid diver and she got me doing the same. Diving eventually took over my life and in June 2016 I got my PADI instructor certification. Two months later I started at Blackbeard’s and after four months on the sloops I moved to the Cat Ppalu.

Music is back to being my main hobby now that diving is part of my job. I like to spend my breaks back home in Toronto with my wife and band Chagall, who are all so patient with me being here. Martyna visits me often and has now started as a fill in Divemaster until she can commit to a full-time position.



Dive Instructor

Martyna is from Poland, but moved to Canada in 2011. She started diving at the age of 17 and has since worked her way up to PADI Staff Instructor and Equipment Technician. She enjoys diving shipwrecks and tech diving in the cool Canadian waters.

Martyna originally studied new media art but decided the pirate life was best for her. She loves cute kitties and rock and roll. She fears no mosh pit when catching a metal show with her husband and fellow pirate James.


Cat Ppalu


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