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.  One of the most conservation-focused dive shops I know.  And they just got two new custom-built dive boats.

Maui

Lahaina Divers

http://www.lahainadivers.com/

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.

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.


Caribbean

Florida

Pura Vida Divers


Close to Blue Heron Bridge for epic muck diving, and good dive boats.

Roatan

CoCo View Resort

https://www.cocoviewresort.com/
My favorite resort on Roatan.  I've done over 100 dives there.


Indo-Pacific

Palau

Sam's Tours

http://www.samstours.com/

Day boats out to the walls, and a great house reef for night dives.

Philippines

Crystal Blue Resort


Spectacular muck diving and reefs.  Small boats; very photographer-friendly.