Nautilus Dive Center-Scuba Tour, Snorkel Tour, Scuba Lesson, Snorkel Rent
serving Big Island divers from a little shop since 1975
If you want to dive safe and comfortable in East Hawaii, the Nautilus Dive Center is your one-stop for guided-tours, air, rentals, gear, advice and instruction.
Nautilus is located right-next to the Hilo Farmer's Market under the big red dive-flag.
Bill De Rooy - owner/operator of Nautilus Dive Center since 1982 and certified PADI Scuba Diving instructor with 2,000 successful student certifications - has been diving the Big Island for more than 30 years. Bill can personally direct you to the best dive sites, provide underwater maps and give you the details to make it easy; the best entry/exit locations, directions to must-see sights, and safety concerns.
"Just short of entering the water on my first training dive with 4 other students, Bill was confronted by an irate beachmom whose daughter had accidently buried a large barbed fishhook into the inside-base of her ringfinger while swimming. Bill stopped the class, calmed the mother and daughter, removed the fishhook in seconds without the girl crying, gave the mother medical instructions, and calmly gathered his students for our first dive. We all knew we had the right instructor. Bill would keep us safe - by himself." NDC Open-Water graduate - 2001
Scuba Charters are recommended for both novice and experienced divers not familiar with local dive areas.
Join us for an exhilarating dive on the unspoiled reefs of East Hawaii with the personalized attention of our instructors.
For Discovery Scuba Divers (non-certified):
In Hilo area, the fee is $80 per person includes One tank dive, use of all scuba equipment, and instruction.
For Certified diver:
In Hilo area, the fee is $75 per person includes 2 tank and weight and $25 additional for all scuba equipment rental.
Outside of Hilo area, the fee is $150 per person includes 2 tank and weight and $25 additional for all scuba equipment rental (min. of 2 divers).
Local Dive Sites:
In Hilo area
5 miles East of downtown. Hilo's best shore dive site. Experience turtles, dolphins, fish & whales in season. Depths 10 ft to 70 ft. Six lava arches, large coral heads & a good variety of hard corals. Caution on north swell & rip.
3 miles East of downtown. Easy entry. Turtles, fish & whales in season. Depths 10 ft to 60 ft. Small lava tube, caves & walls. Variety of hard corals. Caution North swell & during periods of heavy rain.
Note: You need to get a special permit from Department of Hawaiian Home Lands office for access to Puhi Bay.
5.2 miles East of downtown. Good snorkeling spot. Great for scuba tune ups & boogie boarding. County park has all facilities & life guard. Turtles, fish, coral & whales in season. Depth 20 ft max inside fringing rocks and 140 ft plus outside. Caution North swell and extreme depth & current outside of rocks.
Outside of Hilo area
Best shore dive in Ease Hawaii. Incredible variety of animals & terrain. Depth 20 ft to 100 ft. Caution high waves, current, boat & surfers.
Beautiful black sand beach. Turtles, fish, coral & whales in season. Depth 5 ft to 60 ft. Caution strong rip & waves.
It was a Rescue class
Before my first Advanced Training dive, there was a traffic accident between two cars on the road in front of Leleiwi. Bill took off his BC & weight belt - handed me the flag float - and he helped the people out of the cars and settled them on the side of the road. I don't remember doing anything except stand at the water's edge, hold on to that flag, and watch Bill take care of business.
During this event, a swimmer had been trying to swim into the entry/exit from Richardson's side but she had no fins and was caught in an outgoing rush of water at the surface. She was stuck in one place treading water for 10 minutes, kinda looking at me strangely. Again, I did nothing but watch her and Bill & hold that damn flag.
When the ambulance arrived, Bill walked back and asked what was happening. I told him about the woman and he yelled to ask if she was stuck, when she said 'Yes!' he put his mask and fins on and swam to her and dragged her back to shore. She got out OK and finally Bill put on his equipment and we started my Advanced class. He said something like, "Some days are tough..." as we entered the water.
You would be more fortunate to have Bill around - than me. Looking back, I don't know what I was thinking, but I sure know what Bill was doing: he was helping people.
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