We have listed our most frequently asked questions here to better assist you on your Hawaii scuba diving experience with us. Also directly below is our #1 asked question about our Honolulu Dive shop.
We strive to offer quality service at a fair price, its that simple! If Having the best Hawaii Scuba Diving Charter or Quality Scuba Instruction concerns you, then get the facts to make an informed decision other than they cost more so they must be better! Dive with a scuba company that loves to Dive in Honolulu!
Information on the Dive charter boat & water conditions here in Hawaii.
We recommend Bonine. One pill the night before and then again one pill the morning prior to diving. Everyone who has taken it so far has been super happy with the results but, (disclaimer) as with any medication please check with your doctor prior to taking as results/reaction/dosage may vary. Available at Wallmart, ABC stores in Waikiki, and others for about $5.00
The custom built Catamaran, the Kahala Kai catamaran, is a 40-foot twin hull Coast Guard certified vessel with a 20-foot beam. The Catamaran charter boat is fully equipped for comfort, safety, and close to the dive sites for quick trips. Some days its only two people but the weekends are usually busy, the Max cap is rated for 30 passengers, but that's rare. Really, its plenty of room because its a catamaran and twice as wide as the other scuba diving boats on Oahu.
Wear your swimsuit, and bring along a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and payment. If you're a certified diver, bring your certification card and log book. If you’re a student, bring your crew pack each day.
Yes. We do allow riders to come along with a diver, but The rider will need to pay for his or her boat seat at a substantial discounted rate.
Diving conditions are good year round. Water temperature ranges from 78°F (25°C) in winter to 80 °F (26°C) in summer. Visibility varies somewhat from day to day and from one dive site to another, but is typically 80 to 120+ feet (24.3 to 36.5+ m). If conditions are too poor at one dive site, we can often move to an alternate dive site. Because we believe the only fun diving is safe diving, we will cancel charters on the rare occasion that the surface or diving conditions present safety concerns.
Information on our Hawaii dive tours.
Beginners or First time scuba diving participants aged 10 and older can go on two shallow (to 40 feet) introductory Discover Scuba dives, each at a different dive site. There are no study guides or tests to worry about, we'll teach you what you need to know with a few quick skill lessons before you enter the water, and an instructor will closely supervise your dives.
Divers Alert Network currently recommends waiting 18 hours after diving before you fly in commercial aircraft. You can review the DAN recommendations online at this link -
You should be able to swim, and it’s very important that you are comfortable in the water.
You'll dive with no more than 4 other people in addition to your guide or instructor.
Information on our location and transportation here in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Yes, We provide complementary round trip transportation from all Waikiki hotels for all of our customers.
In Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. We work out of the Kewalo Basin boat harbor on Ala Moana blvd. & Ward ave. We work off the boat to enable the lowest prices for our customers.
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The boat is located at Kewalo basin Harbor on the south shore of Honolulu, about a 5-10 minute drive from Waikiki.
Information on how to make reservations and our payment options.
We recommend making reservations at least a few days in advance. If there are still boat seats available, we can take reservations up until 9 PM (Hawaiian time) the evening before you wish to dive.
We do ask out of common courtesy that you call us at least 12 hours in advance if you decide not to make the dive. Because we provide staffing with you in mind, we would appreciate the advance notice so that we can schedule the staff accordingly and our instructors are notified in advance if they are not needed.
To ensure you the lowest prices available, we currently only except CASH.
Information on PADI scuba diving courses & Instruction in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The standard PADI Open Water diver Certification Course takes three days (We also offer an Express 2-Day course).
You can start any course on any day, and multi-day courses can be spread out over time – they don’t need to be done on consecutive days. We can work with you to complete your course on a schedule that’s convenient for you.
Yes. During the basic Open Water Certification Course, you will complete a swim test: either 200 yards using any style or 300 yards wearing mask, snorkel and fins. You will also show that you can float on the surface for 10 minutes.
Yes. If you did your classroom and pool work within the last year, you can complete your 4 open water certification dives with us. You will need to bring a referral form signed by your instructor and your logbook each day.
One advantage is that Advanced divers can dive to 100 feet with a buddy. More importantly, the course will help you improve your diving skills while learning new ones, increasing your comfort levels and confidence, all which contribute to safe diving.
During the Advanced Open Water Certification course, you will learn about underwater navigation and about certain types of diving, such as deep, wreck, boat, multilevel, and drift diving. You can also choose to focus on particular diving interests, such as underwater photography.
Children aged 10 to 14 can participate in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program or earn their Junior Open Water Diver certification. Advanced courses are available for kids aged 12-14.
Yes. Please contact us for details and a price quote.
Some other relevant information can be found here, But please call us if you have any questions!
Yes. That’s what we’re here for! An experienced guide or instructor who’s familiar with the dive sites will lead groups of up to 4 certified divers, students or first time divers on each dive.
Deep or Shallow dives are planned to the No Decompression Limit or air consumption, whichever comes first. We expect divers to be back on the boat with 500 psi of air left in their tank. We use tanks that hold 80 cubic feet of compressed air @ 3000 psi.
The captain and your diving crew will consider the needs and wishes of our customers and evaluate the present surface and diving conditions to choose the best Hawaii dive sites for each charter.
Yes. Please contact us well in advance with details on the date and the number of people in your party, including the number of people who will be diving and each of their certification levels. Also, let us know of any special requests. We'll get in touch with you about the cost.