Scuba Shops

California - Monterey

Diver Dan's

https://www.diverdans.com/

My home dive shop, in Santa Clara, CA.  A great place to buy gear and take classes (from me, even!)


California - South

Truth Aquatics

https://truthaquatics.net/

Three of the best dive boats for multi-day Channel Islands liveaboard trips.

Psalty Adventures

http://www.psaltyadventures.com/

They've got a smaller, fast boat ideal for day trips to Santa Catalina Island.


Hawaii

Kona (big island)

Big Island Divers


Great diving up and down the Kona side of the island, including manta ray dives.

Jack's Diving Locker

https://www.jacksdivinglocker.com/

Jack's was the first dive shop to do black water ("Pelagic magic") dives in Kona.

Aquatic Life Divers


One of my divemaster friends started her own business in 2017.  She's excellent at finding critters.

Maui

Lahaina Divers

My favorite dive shop in Lahaina, on the west side of Maui.  Their boats go to Maui, Molokini, Lanai, and Molokai (hammerheads!)

Kauai

Fathom Five

https://fathomfive.com/

Smaller boats mean more personal service.

Bubbles Below


A small family-owned dive shop on Kauai.  They changed hands in 2018, and I haven't dived with the new owners yet.

Oahu

Reef Pirates

Reef Pirates

They own a 6-diver boat in Hawaii Kai on Oahu.  Much more personal and easy-going than many of the bigger (and more crowded) boats on the island.


Australia

Deep Sea Diver's Den

In Cairns, Queensland.  I did a 7-dive overnight on their liveaboard, on the Great Barrier Reef.