Our Crew

Dive with Kona's finest. Our family loves the ocean, bar none.

Training & Qualifications

We hold our crew to the highest industry standards. Every staff member is certified to administer CPR, AED, emergency oxygen, and first aid. They are all required to attend live emergency scenario training on our vessels on a regular basis, which has been praised by local Emergency Medical Service providers. We ensure drug-free vessels by requiring all boat crew to participate in our random drug testing program. Additionally, we conduct regular performance evaluations for each employee. These efforts are part of our commitment to you to make your experience with Big Island Divers as safe and enjoyable as it can possibly be. In addition, we require the following of our crew:

USCG Captains

Each of our captains holds a valid Merchant Mariner Credential issued by the United States Coast Guard as a Master Of Self-Propelled Vessels (official US captain's license), has earned a Marine Radio Operator Permit, and has satisfied a TSA background check.

PADI Instructors & Divemasters

Each of our dive professionals holds current PADI membership and is in active teaching status through that industry-leading organization. Additionally, Big Island Divers regularly facilitates workshops and lectures covering a variety of ecologically relevant subjects to help develop our crew into experts on the local environment.

Snorkel Guides

Our in-water guides are required to show an expertise with water activities and rescue abilities. There are a number of qualifications they can earn to satisfy this, including PADI Rescue Diver, Lifeguard, and Freediver certifications. All of our snorkel guides hold one or more of these certifications.

Mikey B

USCG Captain, MSDT

“I always go with BID, and have yet to be disappointed. This dive was by far the best yet… Mikey is always a fantastic and entertaining captain. We saw over 13 mantas this time dancing right in front of us and several times had to duck to avoid them running into us. Just magical.”

- justintraveltheworld

Nick W

USCG Captain, Maintenance

“Big Island Divers is a Wonderful Dive Operation… A Big Thanks to Captain Nick W who found the Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Beaked Whales and Pilot Whales on our surface intervals… From the shop to the boat, the experience is great. Thanks for the Fun Dives!!!”

- Kingcotts from Red Deer, Canada

Ryan L

USCG Captain

"Captain Ryan and our dive master Brian, made this a fun and safe trip for everyone.
This is a "must do" experience for anyone coming to the Big Island.
Big Island divers isn't the only outfit, just the BEST!"

-Christine L from Island of Hawaii, Hi

Mark J

USCG Captain, Maintenance

"Top notch team at Big Island Divers makes for great scuba diving. Starts with safety and great dive sites, but good equipment and solid professionals throughout the whole organization makes the difference for unique experiences. Case in point is a long range dive with Mark at the helm."

- ronwolfe from Waikoloa, HI

Budd P

USCG Captain

"Budd was excellent from start to finish. Gave my son some quick instructions and let him run with it while we sat and relaxed. It was a cloudy day so we were the only ones on the "island" and Budd sat with us and answered any questions we had about the island and places to go. Everything he talked to us about was just as fantastic as he said it would be. Would definitely recommend these guys again and especially Budd. Mahalo!"

- mngelinas0214 from Bedford, New Hampshire

Nick E

USCG Captain, Instructor

“Would highly recommend using Big Island Divers for any scuba adventures… Nick did a great job during day scuba, finding all of the small things I wouldn’t have seen. These dive experiences were worth the trip.”

- Climber04125617278 from Hoboken, New Jersey

Tanner B

USCG Captain

"Another excellent dive trip with BID... Captain Tanner was a big help getting us off and back on the boat as well as driving the boat to and from our dive spots with all staff emphasizing safety."

- brucepaynter from San Jose, CA

Brian W

USCG Captain, Divemaster, SNUBA Program Coordinator

“Our guide, Brian, was amazing and we got 20 minutes with the Mantas with no other divers around the "campfire". The Mantas glided over and around us. So close that one actually hit my head!... Definitely recommend this dive for anyone who is fortunate to be on the Big Island”

- Dreamer801256

Perry L

USCG Captain

Welcome to the Ohana Perry!

From Davis, California

Alex L

Instructor

“These Guys and Gals are so awesome. The people in the store were Friendly and so knowledgeable… Our dive master was Alex (L), guy, was awesome so helpful and patient. Looking forward to going again sometime”

-Randy H from Ardmore, United States

Mike P

Instructor, Gear Technician, Tank Room Guru

“Our scuba instructor Mike showed us the amazing world of scuba diving and showed us dolphins for our first time. If you want a once in a lifetime experience choose the amazing people of Big Island Divers”

- GoPlaces51209694734 from Kailua-Kona, HI

Tara B

Divemaster

“My husband and I did this trip about two weeks ago… Tara was our very capable dive master… Remember to bring some tip money - these professionals work hard to ensure that you have a wonderful - INCREDIBLE - experience!”

- marthajean from Lyle, Washington

Katy R

Instructor, Sales & Reservations

"Professional operation. Helpful, social and safety-minded team on the boat. Katy got us up close to octopuses, eels, and for the evening manta ray dive, almost an hour underwater with those graceful giants!"

-MVPenoir from San Carlos, California

Kaitlin M

Instructor, Sales & Reservations

"Big Island Divers went above and beyond to make our multi-day diving trip amazing. Our dive guide Kaitlin is TOP NOTCH. We had a beautiful time, learned a lot, and felt like we were in the best of hands. Thank you, BID!"

-nomadicMBR from Otavalo, Ecuador

Ryan T

Divemaster

"Ryan was NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING! Thank you for the wonderful experience Ryan! We had a wonderful dive."

-Rachel S. from San Fransico, California

Taylor H

Front of the House Supervisor

"Every bit of the experience was smooth, from online communication with Taylor to the actual dives. The guides were professional and helpful, the boat and equipment were in great shape, and overall I had a great time."

-Greg V

Hugh M

Sales & Reservations, Snorkel Guide

"Hugh and his crew are top notch at EVERY LEVEL! The evening I went we saw at least 15 of the most majestic, graceful and massive aquatic wildlife God has ever made.
My pics simply don't do justice to the real life experience!"

-James B

Kailey K

Sales & Reservations, Snorkel Guide

Welcome to the 'Ohana Kailey!

From Corvallis, Oregon

Leanne M

Sales & Reservations, Snorkel Guide

Welcome to the 'Ohana Leanne!

From Harrisburg, North Carolina

Emma F

Sales & Reservations, Snorkel Guide

Welcome to the 'Ohana Emma!

From Sitka, Alaska

Brenna L

Sales & Reservations, Snorkel Guide

Welcome to the Ohana Brenna!

From Sacramento, California

Amanda C

Sales & Reservations, Snorkel Guide

Welcome to the 'Ohana Amanda!

Bethany R

Tank Room Operator

Welcome to the 'Ohana Bethany!

Jon E

Training Coordinator

"Amazing two-tank dive! I love Big Island Divers and would highly recommend it! They also certified me for scuba and the course was very well taught. Jon is the best Instructor so I would suggest requesting him as your guide."

-Megan from Newport Beach, California

Nikki T

Sales Manager

“Big Island Divers took excellent care of me from the phone call to Nikki to arrange the best options for my needs through all seven dives including the Manta Ray and Pelagic Dives… big Mahalo… recommend them to all levels of diving experience.”

- Theo H from Belmont, California

Will W

Marketing & Media Manager

Thanks for making us look good, Will!

Paul D

Operations Manager

"The tour was great but it was the BID team that made the experience. Super professional, knowledgeable and friendly... These guys are the best! Thanks again Paul! Your team is truly great!"

- Ben S from San Francisco, California

Craig N

Fleet Manager

"I have been scuba diving with this company for decades and they really do a great job... Craig leads marine maintenance so boats run well and safely."

- ronwolfe from Waikoloa, Hawaii

Tait H

General Manager

Thanks for keeping us in the water, Tait!

2021's #1 Dive Operator in Hawaii

with a 5 star reputation

Manta Ray Night Dive

What a truly amazing experience!! Nearly an hour of down time with dozens of large mantas putting on an incredible show. Jenna, and Captain Kevin made it a pleasant and safe trip. This is a must do while staying on the Big Island.

RichGiff on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
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2019-05-07T11:32:39-10:00

RichGiff on TripAdvisor

What a truly amazing experience!! Nearly an hour of down time with dozens of large mantas putting on an incredible show. Jenna, and Captain Kevin made it a pleasant and safe trip. This is a must do while staying on the Big Island.

One of the Top 10 Dives in the World!

Believe It, it really is one of the most phenomenal dives we have ever done! Laying on our stomachs on the ocean floor around the "campfire" was unforgettable as the beautifully graceful Manta Rays soared directly above our heads, over and over. They performed ballet moves with each other, sometimes as many as 4 at a time feeding on the plankton.

Susan R on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
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2019-05-07T11:33:00-10:00

Susan R on TripAdvisor

Believe It, it really is one of the most phenomenal dives we have ever done! Laying on our stomachs on the ocean floor around the "campfire" was unforgettable as the beautifully graceful Manta Rays soared directly above our heads, over and over. They performed ballet moves with each other, sometimes as many as 4 at a time feeding on the plankton.

Excellent

We have been diving the BID on multiple dives over multiple trips and we keep coming back to them because of the high quality service that they provide. Definitely a step above the usual dive shops.

Dreamer6739 on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:37:50-10:00

Dreamer6739 on TripAdvisor

We have been diving the BID on multiple dives over multiple trips and we keep coming back to them because of the high quality service that they provide. Definitely a step above the usual dive shops.

Manta Night Dive Lives Up to the Hype

I recently went on the sunset reef dive & manta ray night dive. I was a little hesitant about my expectations because I heard so many great things and didn't want to be disappointed. Cannot say enough great things about the company, captain and DM - highly recommend and will dive with them again.

ulintza on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:38:42-10:00

ulintza on TripAdvisor

I recently went on the sunset reef dive & manta ray night dive. I was a little hesitant about my expectations because I heard so many great things and didn't want to be disappointed. Cannot say enough great things about the company, captain and DM - highly recommend and will dive with them again.

Excellent Staff

We had a great two tank dive with BID last week! Our dive master Amy was excellent all the way around and our captain Rob was not only a great captain but very knowledgeable about Hawaii and even served hot chocolate on the way back to the Marina.

bridgetsheahan on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:39:31-10:00

bridgetsheahan on TripAdvisor

We had a great two tank dive with BID last week! Our dive master Amy was excellent all the way around and our captain Rob was not only a great captain but very knowledgeable about Hawaii and even served hot chocolate on the way back to the Marina.

Incredible

It was so amazing that it made me feel like a kid again - this is coming from someone who has traveled a lot. I talked to other divers who described the Black Water Dive, and I wish I would have done that one instead of the twilight dive.

Steve9172

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:40:19-10:00

Steve9172

It was so amazing that it made me feel like a kid again - this is coming from someone who has traveled a lot. I talked to other divers who described the Black Water Dive, and I wish I would have done that one instead of the twilight dive.

Great Dive Experience

Great dive experience underwater and while on the boat. Experienced staff gave all of the direction and assistance needed but did not "over-guide" the trip as is often the case.

Compass0726 on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:40:52-10:00

Compass0726 on TripAdvisor

Great dive experience underwater and while on the boat. Experienced staff gave all of the direction and assistance needed but did not "over-guide" the trip as is often the case.

An Amazing Souvenir

I booked the night Manta Ray snorkeling tour. It was simply awesome. In addition of the amazing experience to observe the Manta rays in their natural environment, the crew was just perfect, always helpful and offers us a warm hospitality. I definitely recommend this tour.

tomlecube on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:41:47-10:00

tomlecube on TripAdvisor

I booked the night Manta Ray snorkeling tour. It was simply awesome. In addition of the amazing experience to observe the Manta rays in their natural environment, the crew was just perfect, always helpful and offers us a warm hospitality. I definitely recommend this tour.

Two Tank Dive

This is the dive shop to go with for great service and knowledgeable staff. I went out for a refresher dive since it had been 9 years since my last dive. Becca was great and by the end of the second dive I felt comfortable being back in the water.

BryonB690

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:42:13-10:00

BryonB690

This is the dive shop to go with for great service and knowledgeable staff. I went out for a refresher dive since it had been 9 years since my last dive. Becca was great and by the end of the second dive I felt comfortable being back in the water.
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