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!
WOW! What a cool experience... My husband and I decided to do this after seeing a Groupon. Devin honored the Groupon price and we were ready to go. Personally, I'm terrified of open waters, but once you get in the water, it's such a peaceful experience. Scuba Drew was an excellent guide and instructor.Our first dive, we had to come up early because one of the people we were diving with had a minor panic attack. Our second dive totally made up for it. We saw massive sea turtles and a big male whitetip shark, among other things. Unfortunately we didn't get to see an octopus, but obviously that's out of their control.Overall, we loved it. We're even thinking about getting PADI certified now!
Did the Intro/refresher course and it was an amazing experience! Devin is a great instructor and very very patient. Explained rules and protocols very clearly and slowly. Made diving fun, memorable and safe. Some instructors explain things in a way to scare you so you'll follow the rules to the point where it's not even fun anymore but Devin WANTS you to have fun! Highly recommend! :D
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.
I dove with Banzai last month and we did a deep and shallow dive on the sea tiger and kewalo pipe. This was the best dive I've ever had in Hawaii! I have over 1000 dives here on Oahu and my guide Adam showed me things I've never seen before on the sea tiger!! The gear was great and I didn't have to lift a finger.