our courses

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 our courses and see what will be your next step! We offer our services to private divers and small groups.

Our Courses

Discover Scuba Dive Experience

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

Course duration: 3 hours
Gear and tank: included
House call service: included
Price: $129
Additional Discover Scuba Dive: $89 (same day)
Additional Discover Scuba Dive: $119 (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: $499  ($359 after 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: $299  ($199 after E-learning)
Surcharge private course: On request

Price including night dive: $339 ($259 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 GoTo course for you. Including a new PADI Certification card.

Course duration: 4 hours
Gear and tanks: excluded
House call service: included
Price: $89 (after E-learning)
Surcharge private course: On request


All our 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 - we speak these languages


"Go with the Flow" I recently learned is ancient sea turtle wisdom. It is also Maria Varela Put's philosophy. Maria designed a great day for my Husband's 65th birthday. I found her company online. We emailed back and forth for a couple of months planning our cruise port visit to Bonaire.
Our personal customized day included 2 shore dives to the reef that surrounds the island and is a sanctuary to protect the coral and sea life. In between dives we had a private tour of Bonaire. Maria truly loves the island and is involved in the ecological. environmental protection programs that make it such a special, unique place.
"No worries" were the reassuring words she used when we experienced a few problems. The first was a broken fin strap and on a Sunday all the shops are closed. The loan of her friends fins was the solution. The second was embarrassing and required much more effort on Maria's part. We had rented a Go Pro on the ship and left in it the Dive Diva truck. Panicked, we contacted the Crown Princess personnel who agreed that if Maria could bring it to the cruise line agent on 11/20 it would be taken care of. She agreed to go out of her way to save us the cost of a Go Pro. We are so appreciative.
As part of our plan, Maria made reservations at a restaurant where we ended our visit with a sunset supper.
Although Diva is in the company name, Maria is down to earth, knowledgeable, friendly, caring and a very safety conscious educator.
If you are looking for a private dive guide who will customize you experience on Bonaire, we recommend Dive Diva. You will have "no worries" with this Diva.

Date of experience: November 2019

Sara and John

Maria guided my twelve year old son through the PADI introduction to scuba course, and the three of us took two nice 40-minute dives to depths of about 30-35 feet. Maria was very patient with him and stayed close enough to help control his buoyancy. Between dives, we picked up my wife and younger son, and Maria made sure that the dive site for the second dive would also be a good spot for them to snorkel.

After the dives, Maria took us for a nice tour of the island. She was knowledgeable about all of the nature and history of the island.

I will not hesitate to book with Maria again upon a return to Bonaire.
Date of experience: November 2019

Shawn Adams

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!


Maria is a wonderful and knowledgeable guide for the best diving on Bonaire! Not only is she very professional and safety-minded, she is so passionate about the underwater world and you can really see her shine when she is teaching and guiding divers. Maria is amazing!


Maria was very kind and relaxed, so the first dive for my husband was a wunderfull experience. When you would like to try sometime go to Dive Diva Bonaire — met Mandy Gaillard.


Unforgettable first diving experience

Had an amazing first diving experience with Maria. She knows what she is doing and guides you flawlessly through the basics so you can have an unforgettable first diving experience in the sea!


Ik ben al bang om mijn hoofd onder t water te steken. Laat staan dat ik zou gaan duiken. Mijn kinderen hebben echter samen met Maria (Dive Diva ) de advanced cursus gedaan. En haar enthousiasme voor de mooie onder waterwereld weet ze op hen over te brengen. Sterker ook op de toehorende moeder. Nooit gedacht dat ik op mijn leeftijd nog zou duiken. Een introductie duik! En echt Maria is een topper. Zij kan denk ik iedereen leren duiken. Ze geeft je de rust, ze dwingt niet maar laat je zien hoe t moet. Haar enthousiasme maakte dat ik het aan durfde. Ze weet precies de juiste plek te vinden dat je vertrouwen krijgt. Echt duiken is geweldig! Dank Maria je hebt ons nu allemaal duik gek gemaakt ik kan je bij iedereen aanbevelen. Deze Diva heeft de tijd en neemt de tijd om de wonderen onder water met je te delen. De klok daar wordt niet op gekeken. Ik ben blij dat ik mijn eerste duikervaring 1 op 1 met jou mocht beleven! En geheel in Diva style sloten we af met n water proost


I have been diving with Maria she is so professional and very comfortable to speak to and helped my son to do his first ever dive now he has completed his open water certificate a big thank you from colin and Kieran

Colin Lillie
Colinscuba diver

meet our dream team

Maria Varela Put

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Passionate about diving, she is more than willing to share all knowledge and skills to improve your personal diving skills.
Maria Varela Put