Me and my friend Maggie have been diving with Devin for a few years now. We started as extremely rusty Open Water Divers back in 2016 and have come a long way in our diving. Devin is incredibly knowledgable and professional. When Maggie and I went on our first couple dives at Turtle Canyons and Horseshoe Reef just off of Kewalo Basin it was amazing. We felt at ease and planned a couple more dives with Banzai Divers. Eventually, we built up our courage and decided it was time for us to take the next step.Devin introduced us to more amazing dive sites around O'ahu through his PADI Advanced Open Water Course. We learned Underwater Navigation (Pupukea), Night Diving (Pupukea), and Deep Water Wreck Diving (Sea Tiger). Not only did we earn our AOW through Banzai Divers we took it one step further and earned out Nitrox Enriched Air license. It's been a hot minute since we've dove together. I think we'll be planning our next Wreck Dive soon!
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While in Oahu, my parents surprised me with a "no experience-refresher dive" at sharks cove. While they are experienced divers, I had yet to ever dive. After booking, I was sent an email to sign an electronic liability form and instructions on where to meet our guide Devin. Me and my kid brother who turned 18 that day met with Devin in the parking lot where we got our gear and he went over basic safety, the gear, and the basics of diving. We suited up and headed down to the water where we regrouped in the water, went over skills then began our dive. As someone with no dive experience, this was an amazing experience. Devin was so helpful and made sure we all felt safe and comfortable. Our dive lasted An hour and fifteen minutes, maybe even a bit longer? Sharks cove was an awesome location as we saw a sea turtle swim within a foot of us, octopus, so many different fish, sea slugs, coral, and much more. Can't wait to see the photos in a few days!!! Will definitely dive with them again on our next trip to the islands.
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This is a great company to dive with Adam our guide was awesome he showed us some cool spots to see at sharks cove we got to see a green sea turtle which was our highlight and he pulled out 3 octopus for us to see and he is very knowledgeable and fun to hang out with I was very impressed.
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Central LA, Universal City, CA
Did my first ever dive today with Devin from Banzai and I couldn't imagine a better experience. Devin does a great job making you feel comfortable, safe, teaching you the ropes, and getting you underwater. He was very patient with my brother who was having problems equalizing his ears going down, which was much appreciated. I will definitely be going back to Banzai for my certification.
Devin gave us a incredible first diving experience and the highlight of romantic Hawaii getaway, pretty easy even for my wife, as a first-time swimmer. Much better value overall than other diving places and Groupons, considering the service, that photos/videos are free/included, and that its focused on seeing wildlife instead of just teaching how to swim in the shallows. We saw a friendly baby shark and a giant sea turtle with a smiley face on its back when we went on intro dive from the boat on South Shore, which, though an additional $35 each (vs. diving from the North Shore when weather permits) provided us with a 2nd air tank so can scuba dive twice (or more in our case) as long, and giving us a Hawaii boating experience to boot. Great deal, we went with the Groupon rate, securing that ahead of time while still being able to pay on the spot. This even counts towards diving certification if complete 2 more days of 2 dives each within a 1 year period, starting when we request him to submit this first experience towards that. Even though my wife has no swimming experience, this went pretty well for her, and was even easier than when I started to teach her how to swim or than what snorkeling would be - which is very surprising - as you don't have fins, float/sink control, and don't have to worry about holding your breath or staying at/above the ocean surface. Tip: If diving from boat leaving the South Shore pier, go to the far left of the pier and walk towards end of the dock near the restrooms (which you should avoid, in general) in order to find the boat, after paying to park (in the left or right lot) at the box in center across the street from the pier, via the CallToPark app or cash/credit.
Great experience. Devin is a great instructor and made scuba diving easy. Clear and simple instructions made everyone feel safe and comfortable going 40 ft underwater. Also he checked on everyone throughout the dive to make sure everyone was good. Highly recommend
Devin is a fantastic guide and was well worth the time. I went on multiple dives with him across several days and cannot recommend him highly enough. He will go out of his way to maximize your time in the water and is extremely knowledgeable of the surrounding areas. I saw many amazing sea life and got to explore areas, like the lava tubes, that I will likely never see anywhere else in my life time. The photos he took (and provided for free!) were stellar. When a scheduling conflict came up, he went out of his way to make sure that I was taken care of and I could not ask for a better experience.
Devin is a great dive buddy. He has a keen eye and can spot all sorts of interesting fish, including nudibranchs, scorpion fish, sharks, giant turtles, rays, octopus, and even a pod of dolphins. Leave a message if you get voicemail. He will call you back and hook you up with some amazing diving. Highly recommended. PS Devin sends you underwater photos which are damn good because he is a great photographer. Bonus. Tip accordingly. :)
A friend and I went out with Devin and he provided a fantastic experience! We were able to see a multitude of sea life which never fails to amaze me! He was easy-going and funny (and knew what he was doing and explains things well) I/we had a great time with him! I would highly recommend and would go again myself! Ps I'm a "local" who has dove before so I wasn't on a "vacation high"... he had to earn this rating all on his own! He also took pictures of us which is a new thing SOME tours are doing... it's fantastic that he IS... and very good pics too! Ps don't forget motion sickness patch/meds if you need them and are taking a boat out...Maggie ‿
Devin went out of his way to ensure we got some quality diving in on this trip to Oahu. Experienced divers, new to the sport call this outgoing and personable young man for your experience. Im sure he has more than 15k dives under his belt and really knows how to help people feel at ease underwater. I'm a very experienced diver that went out with him for a couple dives and he knew everywhere to go on the dive site to see all the critters and action tons of turtles, eels, conch, octos, mermaids. A young girls mask literally broke and fell off her face, he quickly fixed the mask 45 feet down. Anyone can have a bad dive or a gear malfunction and his quick recognition of the problem saved her dive and kept the group together. Very pleased with this trip and look forward to getting on some more technical dives with this dude!