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.



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.



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.



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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Open Water

Begin your dive education and become SCUBA certified!

$325 Private Instruction


If you’ve always wanted to learn to dive, this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions have learned to dive with this course, and most dive shops around the world recognize this certification for equipment rentals and dive charters. Experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves.


  • 10 years old, and in reasonable physical health. Note: 10-14 year old divers receive a Junior Open Water certification.
  • Completed PADI E-Learning online coursework (click here to register with PADI online).
  • Completed Student folder including PADI Medical Statement.
  • Ability to swim and float unassisted in the ocean
  • Prior snorkeling experience
  • Understand and speak English (for safety reasons)


Knowledge Development can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to complete, depending on how proactively you study the materials. Once you have completed the online coursework, you will begin 2-3 days of in-water training. You’ll begin your course getting comfortable with assembling dive equipment and practicing skills in a confined water environment. After you have mastered the skills in confined water, it’s time to take your skills to the open ocean!  Your first day of open water dives will be completed from shore. Your next day of diving will be done from one of our boats for a total of 4 open water dives. Upon completion of your last dive, you will officially be a PADI Open Water Diver.

We offer Open Water Diver courses based on demand, so please contact us with specific dates to check availability. We can then schedule the 2-3 days needed for your in-water skills. Upon registering we will direct you to complete your knowledge development through PADI eLearning and to review the PADI Medical Statement.

You must complete your confined water portion at your local dive shop prior to arriving on the island, and our dive shop will conduct your open water portion in our beautiful Hawaiian water!  Ask about our referral program!  Upon registering we will direct you to review the PADI Medical Statement.


The eLearning portion of the course is $174 payable directly to PADI.

Private instruction referral rate is $325 per person.  $225 per person in groups of 3 or more.

Call us at 808-329-6068 to enroll.

Register with PADI eLearning Please call to confirm dive schedule before registering with PADI.

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“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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