On Monday and Thursday mornings we offer our Long Range Dive Charter. This trip visits a variety of our less-frequented sites which may include drift dives, caverns, and places like the world renowned Red Hill area south of Kona or Kua Bay to the north. Check-in for this charter is the day prior at our shop. For everyone's safety and enjoyment all participants are required to have at least 25 dives minimum experience. The boat returns in the mid afternoon after a day of exploring some of the most amazing dive areas in the state of Hawaii.Book Now
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Check-in at harbor at 7:15am, launch at 7:30am.
Open Water Certification and a minimum of 25 logged dives.
Snacks, refreshments, towels, tanks, and weights.
Can I book online? Why can’t I book the manta dive online?
Yes! Please use any of the ‘Book Now’ buttons to book online via FareHarbor. We ask you to call to book the manta and blackwater charters, due to dive prerequisites.
How long is the charter?
Our long range charter launches at 7:30am and returns around 2pm.
What should I bring on the boat?
For day charters, we recommend sun protection and whatever personal items you need. There are dry storage areas on each of our boats. If you’re bringing your own dive gear, our crew will set it up, but we recommend a mesh gear bag to keep everything organized. Cameras are allowed (and encouraged!) and we have freshwater rinse buckets. Ultimately, we recommend bringing as little as possible on the boat, as space can be limited.
How big are your boats? Do they have bathrooms?
We have several boats. Our largest three, the Honu Iki, Kahanuola, and Moana’olapa are each 36’ dive boats that can accommodate up to 18 guests. The Moana’luu is a 28’ dive boat, and the Nai’a is a 27’ RIB for snorkel and whale watch charters. Our larger boats (the Iki and Kahanuola) have marine heads.
How do I get back on the boat?
All of our vessels have marine ladders that you climb to get back on the boat. If you are diving, you may remove your gear in the water and our crew will bring it aboard. On some of our boats, it is required that you remove your gear in the water.
May I check in for my charter earlier in the day?
Yup! Our shop is open from 8am to 6pm, every day. The Long Range check in takes place the day before the charter. You can stop by anytime before your charter to check-in. If you do check in between 10am-1pm, we offer a 15% discount on any merchandise in our retail shop
If I’m staying in Waikaloa how long is the drive to Kona?
If you’re staying up north, the drive takes 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Certain times of day have particularly bad traffic, and the road to Kona is currently under construction. Please call us if you’re curious what drive time is like from other parts of the island.
How long is the boat ride?
For the Long Range charter, it depends on the dive site, but usually no more than 45 minutes one-way.
Can I check in at the boat, or do I need to come to the dive shop?
We require guests check-in at our shop for gear fitting, waivers, directions, etc.
Can I bring a camera? Do you rent cameras?
Big Island Divers does not rent GoPros or other camera equipment. You are welcome to bring and use your own camera on any of our charters. We ask that when using pole mounts with your underwater camera that you be respectful of sea life and do not touch, harass, or damage any animals or other marine life with your camera equipment.
How much should I tip?
If you enjoyed your time with us gratuities are greatly appreciated. Most guests leave around $20 per person.
How long do I need to wait before I go over Saddle Road / to Mauna Kea / Volcano Park / on an inter-island flight?
PADI’s recommendation for flying or driving to altitude after diving within the No-Decompression Limits (regular recreational diving) are: Single dives - A minimum pre-flight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested. Repetitive dives and/or multiple day dives - A minimum pre-flight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested.
How big are the dive groups?
The Long Range charter has a maximum of 6 divers.
Do you offer transportation / pickup / shuttle service?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any transportation services between local hotels, our shop, or the harbor. Guests are required to come to the shop to check-in for their charters, we will provide a map to the harbor, and guests will drive themselves up to the road to the harbor for boat launch. The harbor is about 3 miles away from our shop. There are several taxi services in the Kona area, and we recommend Kona Taxicab at (808) 324-4444.
What will I see on the dives / what are the dive sites like?
Diving on the Kona coast offers clear water, with 80 to 100 feet of visibility not uncommon. We have a variety of healthy hard corals, as well as many endemic fish that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The volcanic nature of the island results in unique underwater structures such as walls, pinnacles, archways, and steep ledges. Our Divemasters love to look for eels, nudibranchs, octopus, frogfish, and other varieties of marine life.
Where will I be diving?
We have over 48 dive sites to choose from along the Kona Coast. The captain and boat crew will choose the dive site choices in the morning based on ocean conditions (current, swell, wind, visibility). If you are diving with us for multiple days, we try to rotate through different dive sites so you can see new things on each dive as long as the conditions of the water are desirable.
What if I can't find my dive card?
Proof of certification is required for all SCUBA dives- no exceptions. If you cannot find your dive card, we may be able to look up your certification in your dive agency's online database. Please call our shop directly to verify that we are able to locate your certification prior to your arrival. If you do not have your certification card, a photo ID will be required upon check-in or we are not able to allow you to dive.
How long are the dives?
We do not end the dive with the quickest breather, guests will be allowed to dive their tank until they reach 700psi or a dive time of 70 minutes, whichever comes first.
Is the water rough?
Ocean conditions are unpredictable and can change quickly. Summer months tend bring warmer and calmer waters, while winter months can bring large northerly swells. If your charter is cancelled due to unsafe ocean conditions our staff will make our best efforts to reschedule you. You will not be charged for any charters cancelled by Big Island Divers due to weather. We do not cancel for rain showers.
Is the water cold?
During the summer months the water warms up to about 80-83 degrees F. In the winter months the ocean temperature cools down to 75-77 degrees F. Most of our guests are comfortable in a 3mm full wetsuit while diving, but we also offer 5mm full suits as well as 3mm springsuits in our rental locker.
Will I get seasick?
Even when ocean conditions are flat and calm you may still be susceptible to feelings of seasickness. If you are at all prone to motion sickness you may consider taking an anti-emetic such as Bonine or non-drowsy Dramamine before your charter.
“I've wanted to do this for years and it was as amazing as I had hoped. We were in the water for 45-60 minutes, with mantas right beneath us nearly the whole time, gracefully looping and over and over, often coming within a foot (or closer!)”Read our reviews
To book a charter, please call our shop at 808-329-6068 or book online with FareHarbor.