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.



Personal. Professional. Perfect.

2 great dives today. you don't need to shop around for a great instructor and personal guide. Maria will do you proud. don't think about it just get booked in before she gets booked up.

kind regards. Jonny and Debbi. Marine Divers Cyprus.

Jonny and Debbi, Marine Divers CyprusDive instructors, dive operation owners

Dankbaar en blij!!

In augustus 2019 hebben wij voor het eerst kennisgemaakt met Maria en hebben wij onze Padi Open Water bij haar mogen behalen. Een ontzettende fijne ervaring hebben wij eraan overgehouden en wat een geduld heeft Maria gehad met ons in het water. Het vertrouwen dat zij geeft en heeft in ons in het water, maakt dat de angst voor sommige oefeningen verdwijnt en zelf met vertrouwen door het water zwemt. Januari 2020 hebben wij gedoken met Maria en onze Padi Advanced Open Water mogen behalen! We kijken nu al uit naar onze volgende vakantie op Bonaire want ook dan zullen we weer gaan duiken met Maria!

January 2020

The best way to dive is with the Diva!!
She is the best to learn how to dive with or to go for extra dive courses or to do a discover dive!
The greatest thing is that she does not do it in huge groups like some places do and she manages her own time so you are not stuck with office hours from normal dive shops. She is very friendly and helpful. She explains everything very well and makes diving an unforgettable and fun experience. I did my open water course with her and with my family a discover scuba dive. I can't wait to do my advanced dive course with her!!!

September 2019

Sharon, Bonaire

Diving with Maria
Made 4 excellent dives with Maria. She knows all the diving sites and depending on the weather makes the right decision where to go to. Also supplies good diving equipment via VIP Diving. A real recommendation!

January 2020


Diving with the dive Diva
It was great fun to have a guided dive with dive Diva Maria. She picked me up at my apartment and brought me home again. Great service! In between we had 2x2 tank dives on 4 different locations. She choose beautiful dive spots and was an excellent Guide. She took her underwater camera along and made some beautiful pictures from the underwater life on the reef and from me too. Because Bonaire was new to me she pointed out the other nice dive and snorkel spots too. Great memories! It was awesome!

January 2020


Best dive guide on Bonaire!
Maria was an absolutely fantastic dive guide. She came to where we were staying prior to our dive to get to know us, our dive skill levels and what we were hoping to get out of our dives with her in Bonaire. When we went on dives with her, she picked us up and dropped us off right from our unit. She is very safety oriented and thorough and makes sure that you understand and are holding to best practices before and during the dives. Her attitude is always super upbeat - even on a 9:30am New Year’s Day dive 🙂 She made sure that we were always comfortable during the dives and pointed out lots of sea life. I can’t recommend her highly enough - as a dive guide or to do certifications with. We can’t wait to get back to beautiful Bonaire and dive again with Maria.

December 2019

Dive Diva Indeed
Maria introduced us to the world of beach diving and changed our diving life forever. Her schedule was flexible, she introduced us to a spectacular selection of dive sites and guided us through the intricacies of shore entries. We are better divers as a result. I can’t recommend her highly enough.

February 2020

"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!


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