FAQs

Frequently asked Questions:

Where do we meet for the Boat Dives?

Our boat Snorkel 1 is located at Pier B at Kewalo Basin Boat Harbor in Ala Moana, Honolulu. Please be on time! Ther harbor offers paid parking. To be on the safe site, pay for 4 hours ($1 per hour).

Pier B

Kewalo Basin Harbor
1125 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814

Where do we meet for the Confined Session?

Our Confined sessions are held at Magic Island Beach Park, Ala Moana, Honolulu. We will meet at the public parking lot.

Magic Island Beach Park
1201 Ala Moana Blvd. B-1
Honolulu, HI 96814

How long will a day of Scuba Diving be?

Typically, one tour is about 2-4 hours, including setting up your gear, the boat ride out to the dive site, 2 dives and the surface interval. Depending on the number of divers on the boat, it can take longer or shorter. If students are on the boat, typically it can take longer to complete all the skills. We recommend not to plan other activities for the same day, since it is unpredictable how long the tour will exactly take.

PADI courses – what to expect

Each course contains a knowledge development portion. The learning material is included in your price. Ones you get to Hawaii, we meet in person to talk about details. You will get your learning material and can work on it on your own pace. Notice, Quizzes and supervised exams have to be completed before earning your dive certification. Please plan your trip accordingly. If you already know that you don’t have much time reviewing the knowledge development portion while in Hawaii, you can sign up for PADI eLearning for an additional price. 

How long will my dives last for?

The duration of your dive depends on how quickly you breathe your air. Usually, one dive lasts between 20 and 40 minutes. The first dive is usually shorter than the second dive , especially if you have never scuba dove before. The more you dive, the better your air consumption will be and the longer the dives.

I wear glasses, can I still dive?

Yes! You can wear contact lenses while scuba diving. It might happen that you lose one while performing your mask skills, so bring some extra ones just in case! You can also bring your own prescription mask in case you have one. Unfortunately, we do not offer prescription mask rentals.

Do I need to have my own scuba gear?

No! Our dive packages include all the gear you will need! In case you want to bring your own gear, you can absolutely do so.

Can I try scuba first, before committing to a full scuba certification course?

Absolutely! We offer discovery scuba dives for unexperienced divers. If you enjoy it, you can sign up for the certification afterwards and count the discovery dives towards your certification.

I didn’t dive for a long time, how can I get back into diving?

If you haven’t dove in a long time, we recommend discovery scuba dives in shallow waters. You can perform skills with unexperienced divers to get comfortable again before going on deeper dives.

Can we dive on our own?

No! All our tours are guided. In order to focus on the safety of our divers, we don’t allow certified divers to dive on their own. Don’t worry though, we know where all the cool stuff is underwater and will make sure that you will have an unforgettable time!

How long should you wait before flying after a dive?

To be safe and avoid decompression sickness, it’s recommended to wait at least 24 hours after diving before flying or going to high altitudes.

How long should the surface interval be between 2 dives?

A surface interval typically is about 10 mins between 2 shallow dives. If the first dive was a deep dive, surface interval is a little longer. If the first dive was a deep dive, we will also take a 3 mins safety stop at 15-20 feet before ascending to the surface.