This Kona scuba certification course is available for Full-Time Residents of Hawaii Island that can provide a Big Island driver’s license, voter registration card, and/or proof of local employment (18 years of age and older). Jump in on our scuba certification course designed to make you a well trained, safe, and comfortable diver.

Open Water Diver Course

The Kona Scuba certification process begins with the open water diver course. Learn about safety, gear, technique, and environment to become a confident and capable diver. Kona’s waters are some of the best diving in all of Hawaii. Take advantage of the natural beauty in your own blue backyard.


  • Age 18 and up
  • Able to Swim
  • Able to Speak and Understand English
  • Completed Medical Questionnaire
  • You MUST have medical coverage or dive accident insurance


  • 1 Day of Confined water
  • 2 Days of Open Water dives from Shore and Boat
  • Student Materials
  • FREE enrollment in the Honu Ohana Dive Club for one year
  • Shop Discount

KHD Provides

  • Instructor
  • scuba equipment (bcd, reg, computer, wetsuit, tanks, weights)

Student Provides

  • Logbook
  • Mask, snorkel, fins (purchased before the start of the course with a 10% shop discount)

Call (808)324-4668 or e-mail [email protected]

Advanced Open Water Course

KHD Provides

  • Instructor
  • Tanks & Weights
  • Materials for Specialties
  • 6 Boat Dives

Student Provides

  • Scuba Gear (available for rent)
  • Surface Marker Buoy

In order to complete the advanced Kona scuba certification course a diver must complete 5 Adventure dives. These specific dives cover different specialties like Navigation, buoyancy and our deep dive to improve your overall competency as a diver. If you’ve already completed a specialty previous to the course it can be used towards achieving the certification. This certification qualifies you to dive recreationally to 100ft.


  • Deep
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Fish ID
  • Night
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Search & Recovery

Call (808)324-4668 or e-mail [email protected]

Rescue Diver Course

Become a wiser and safer diver. Sometimes it’s the dives we choose not to do that make us better divers. Learn how to help your buddy and help yourself. One of divers favorite courses is also one of the most physically challenging. Become the ultimate dive buddy in this multi-day course.

KHD Provides

  • Tanks & weights

Student provides

  • Current CPR and First Aid course (we recommend Island CPR for your coursework)
  • Pocket mask
  • Audible surface signaling device (whistle)
  • Scuba equipment


  • Advanced Course
  • Emergency First ResponderCertification or First Aid and CPR

Call (808)324-4668 or e-mail [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you scuba without being certified in Hawaii?

Yes, it’s called try scuba diving or discover scuba diving. An instructor can take you diving with minimal instruction.

Is the PADI written exam hard?

With e-learning, you will have the opportunity to take the course at your own pace. Along the way there are several mini quizzes that allow you to test your knowledge. Most people who have read the course information will pass the course. You will have a second chance to re-take the test if you don’t succeed the first time.

The Kona Honu Divers Difference

We work hard to offer the highest quality in scuba diving courses and experiences. Kona Honu Divers has won the Reader’s Choice award for best scuba diving operation in the pacific for Scuba Diving Magazine’s annual reader’s poll multiple years.

Our focus is on delivering safe, fun experiences above and below the water. Our low instructor-to-student ratios mean we are able to spend more time with each student and deliver a better experience than you would find elsewhere.