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Diving

Manta Ray Dive Morning Reef Dives Long Range Charters Black Water Dive Night Reef Dive New!

The experience of a lifetime. Swim with Kona's gentle giants.

Daily two-tank dive charters along the Kona coast.

Explore our more remote, advanced dive sites.

A unique pelagic night dive for the adventurous.

See the reef in a whole new light.

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Snorkeling

Manta Ray Night Snorkel Dolphin Snorkel Whale Watch New! Kealakekua Bay Snorkel

The experience of a lifetime. Swim with Kona's gentle giants.

Swim with wild Hawaiian dolphins in crystal clear blue water.

Go offshore and look for seasonal humpback whales.

Explore historic Kealakekua Bay and enjoy some of the best snorkeling on island.

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Certifications

Discover Scuba Diving ReActivate Open Water Certification Advanced Open Water Rescue Diver Master Diver Nitrox Specialty Underwater Photographer Professional Certifications Specialty Certifications

Wonder what it's like to breathe underwater? Find out!

Need to brush up on your PADI open water diver skills?

Learn to dive with our talented instructors.

Take your skills to the next level and learn to dive deeper.

Learn to rescue others and build your confidence as a diver.

The ultimate certification. Aspire to be a master diver.

Learn to dive deeper for longer with enriched air.

Become a certified underwater digital photographer.

Interested in becoming a dive professional? We can help!

Specialty courses to round-out your dive education.

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Equipment

Gear Rentals

Tanks, weights, BCDs, regulators, computers, we've got it all.

Browse our selection of gear from Aqualung, Mares and more.

Snorkeling essentials and freediving gear, including fiberglass and carbon fiber fins.

SCUBA gear is only safe when properly serviced.

Represent the Big Island Divers ohana with our comfortable apparel.

Rent underwater cameras, lights, and more.

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Night Reef Dive

A local favorite... Kona's night dives are some of Hawaii's best.

Daily Charters

Dive It

1 Tank Dive Charter

If you’d prefer to get straight to the main attraction, we run single tank charters that launch closer to sunset. If your party includes divers and snorkelers, we allow snorkelers on the one-tank charter.

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$125

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Prerequisites

Open Water Diver certification, ability to speak and understand English for safety reasons.

Included

Snacks, refreshments, towels, dive tanks, weights, and a dive light.

FAQs

What should I bring on the boat?

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. You can stop by anytime before your charter to check-in. For some morning charters, it is required that you check-in the day before. 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?

Depending on which manta dive site we visit, the boat ride ranges from 20-45 minutes. For daytime charters, 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?

Regular dive groups are led by Divemasters on all of our charters at a ratio of no more than 7 certified divers to 1 Divemaster.

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 far out does the boat go?

On average our diving takes place no more than a 25 minute boat ride from the harbor and dive sites are no more than ¼ mile from shore. *This does not apply to the Long Range Morning Charter and Black Water Night 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.

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2017's #1 Dive Operator in Hawaii

with a 5 star reputation

“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!)”

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To book a charter, please call our shop at 808-329-6068 or book online with FareHarbor.