From the first breath and beyond

Dive diva Bonaire - padi open water diving course

From the first breaths underwater in the Discover Scuba Diving Experience, through Open Water Diver and beyond, maybe Wreck Diver, or…… Take a look at the available courses and see what your next step will be! Dive Diva Bonaire offers her services to private divers and small groups.


Discover Scuba Dive Experience

Have you always wondered what it feels like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but are not quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is ideal for you.

Course duration: 3 hours
Gear and tank: included
House call service: included
Price: on request
Additional Discover Scuba Dive: on request (same day)
Additional Discover Scuba Dive: on request (other day)
Surcharge private course: On request


Open Water Diver course

Learning how to Scuba Dive has been on your bucket list long enough: Get started on Bonaire: Divers Paradise with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course.

Course duration: 2,5 – 3,5 day
Gear and tanks: included
House call service: included
Price: on request (Manual or via E-learning)
Surcharge private course: On request


Advanced Open Water Diver course

Take your diving to the next level with the Advanced Open Water Diver Course. Five different dives to broaden and deepen your dive experience and knowledge are combined in this course.

Course duration: 1,5 day
Gear and tanks: excluded
House call service: included
Price: on request after E-learning
Surcharge private course: On request

Price including night dive: on request after E-learning
Surcharge private course: On request


PADI ReActivate

When your last dive has been a while and you need a little update on dive theory and a refresher of your skills this is the Go To course for you. Including a new PADI Certification card.

Course duration: 4 hours
Gear and tanks: excluded
House call service: included
Price: on request (after E-learning)
Surcharge private course: On request


All courses include 6% sales tax and are based on a minimum of 2 students. Prices are per student.
Before you can start your course, we kindly ask you to fill in a PADI medical statement.
In case of a “yes” on the form,  a doctor’s statement is required.



Dive Diva Bonaire Tripadvisor Travelers choice

Maria at Dive Diva Bonaire is truly a passionate instructor and and expert on Bonaire diving. With an emphasis on safety, skill development and knowledge of the reefs of the island, she was very helpful to me in fine-tuning my buoyancy and underwater photography. Maria took the time to thoroughly explain and demonstrate the techniques I wanted to work on. She took videos of me as I performed the exercises and sent them to me with commentary. I highly recommend Dive Diva!

Date of experience: November 2023

Maria was the most outstanding Scuba guide and instructor. We did our PADI refresher course and 2 dives with her. Maria was patient and shared a wealth of knowledge with us. We highly recommend her as a Scuba guide while in Bonaire.

Date of experience: December 2023

How good was that!
Hooked up with Maria for an ostracod night dive and what a result we had. The little guys put on an immense show. We drifted amongst the magical light show for half an hour.
Maria made the dive a pleasure from start to finish. Very professional. High standards all round.
I thoroughly recommend her as a guide and instructor.
I’ll be in touch on my next trip.

Date of experience: October 2023

Maria is a true gem in the world of diving. She is generous sharing her knowledge of her great experience diving Bonaire. She is safety conscious and full of fun. A marvelous teacher who is thorough in her courses.

Karen MDiver

In June'23 I went with Maria on a (one-on-one) scuba dive tour where we did two amazing dives in Bonaire (Invisibles & Salt Pier).

The sites were incredible; we saw lots of beautiful coral, fish (incl barracuda) and even a turtle and spotted eagle ray - truly great!

Maria is a great experienced guide & diver, easy-going, willing to help and listen to your needs and wishes to ensure a great experience. As a diver with limited experience myself, the one-on-one experience really made me enjoy the dives a lot more compared to guided tours with large(r) groups. Can definitely recommend Maria / dive diva, 100%

Date of experience: June 2023
Tim G.Diver

My daughter and I had a fantastic time diving with Maria. My daughter did her discover dive course and then we went on two great dives, including to the Salt Pier where we saw lots of turtles and some seahorses, amongst all the other fish. Maria is a great guide and instructor and made my daughter feel very comfortable. I highly recommend Dive Diva Bonaire.

Date of experience: February 2023

Great job

Maria is the best dive guide we’ve ever had. Not just that. She’s not just a dive guide, she is also snorkelling guide, tourist guide, Bonaire guide. She is a friend you want to have when coming in to a new place. Her personal attitude, her patient and her enthusiasm is amazing. Not just a dive center, where you are one of many. When you are beginner diver or something between, want to know more than just good dive spots, want to see more of Bonaire than just underwater life, she is the one you need! Although she doesn’t have her own store, everything is well prepared and organized. It fits your style and needs. Because of her, our stay on Bonaire was unforgettable. Thank you Maria again for everything. For us, common dive center can hardly compete to you. Keep your way, it’s the right way!


Excellent instructor! Had a lot of fun getting my certification with Maria.

Jeffscuba diver

Maria is a very nice dive instructor. I did the Discover Scuba Dive. Maria explained everything very clearly. She was very helpful and patient with my problem of clearing my ears. I had a wonderful dive: a lot of different fishes and corals. So if you are looking for a good dive instructor: Maria is the best!


meet your instructor

Maria Varela Put

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
With a passion for diving, I love sharing all my knowledge and skills to improve your personal diving experience.
Maria Varela Put