Before venturing into the deep blue for your first Hawaiian underwater excursion, there are a few things you need to know. First up: safety should never be compromised, as being properly prepared is the best way to enjoy a safe and secure dive. We want to make sure you feel relaxed and ready to explore […]
About Matt Zimmerman
Matt moved to the island of Oahu in the year 2000 after completing a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences at UCSD. Having already completed a PADI Instructor level certification, it soon became clear to Matt that one could support an avid diving habit on the island of Oahu by taking island visitors scuba diving – score!
What was at first an informal local diving club quickly became a part time business run from a one bedroom ground floor apartment in Waikiki. That part time business soon became a full time endeavor with a new friends/divemasters helping out (moved up to 2 bedroom apartment). Eventually, a strong local reputation led to a diving service contract on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and the evolution of Island Divers Hawaii into a traditional, established dive store.
Success serving the military led to the opening of a second retail location at the Hawaii Kai marina and shortly thereafter the addition of the vessel Sea Fox imported from Florida. Since then the scuba dive vessels Dive Barge, Sea Hound, and Enzo were added to the fleet. While a couple of those vessels are leased out to other interests, we still go diving on them from time to time. Matt believes that the success Island Divers has enjoys comes from his position that customers are friends.
Matt started Island Divers with the goal of making customers into friends, and that principle has guided the growth of the business. Matt tells a story to each new instructor that comes into the business. “A diver may remember what they saw on the dive, but for sure they will remember how they were treated at the dive shop and how you made them feel about diving with Island Divers”. The dive professionals selected to work at Island Divers are chosen because they are friendly, outgoing people that truly enjoy sharing their passion for diving with a new group of divers every day. The people you will find on this page are the best of the best.
Most recently, Matt became the president of Hawaii Scuba University. Coming full circle back to academic life and incorporating of a decade of experience in the diving industry, he is very excited about the training programs being offered and is looking forward to tackling the opportunities the school represents.
Entries by Matt Zimmerman
We are passionate about giving you the best diving experience possible, whether you are a beginner or an expert. It’s our job, and our pleasure – we love introducing people to the wonders of our local underwater paradise where they can feel the unbridled joy of swimming with tropical fish, exploring colorful reefs, and discovering […]
As Oahu’s premier dive center, we at Island Divers Hawaii definitely have the bead on the best scuba diving spots around the island. Because we live and breathe the diving lifestyle, we are super passionate about sharing our expertise and sense of adventure so that you can experience the same joy we feel every time […]
Cozumel was great! I’ve been saying that a lot this week having just returned from the trip. If you want to hear from us about future trips, use this sign up button This is a preview of Island Divers Cozumel trip report with some of the best pictures and video clips from Palancar Reef. Read […]
We run whale watching trips on every day except Tuesday and Thursday. We leave at 4:30pm and almost always see whales, in fact we haven’t been skunked yet this year. However, some whale watching trips are good, and some are GREAT. Whale watching was a little slow on this trip, but in the distance we […]
Sometimes it is good to be the boss. On Sundays we do the three tank dive charter, so the Sea Fox is often at the dock by 3pm. Okay, time to take out a couple of new friends and awesome people that we just spent a week hanging out with in Argentina. CJ and Paula […]
Hawaii Scuba University is a professional diving school associated with Island Divers. Alumni and current students get together once a month just for a fun dive. We try and go to spots that are more challenging, dove less often, and where new dive instructors and dive master may have not yet been since they have […]
Where should you dive for your first time or for your hundredth dive? A dive center with the capabilities of offering all persons of all levels comfortable and unforgettable experiences is a winning choice. You want to be able to bring your friends and family of all diving skill levels together to experience on their own the freedom and excitement of scuba diving. Island Divers has an array of beginner to advanced diving options for everyone.
Island Divers Hawaii offers some of the best boat charters on the island! You can choose from so many options you will not be able to do everything in one vacation. You can always jump on our morning charters and dive over eleven wrecks that we visit throughout the week. We are one of the only dive centers that do not go to the same two sites every day, and we give our customers the option to make requests on where they want to dive.
There are many different characters in the diving industry, but who do you trust to take you in the water? How do you decide which Instructor is for you?If you are a new diver you want someone who is patient, experienced, and safety oriented. If you are an advanced diver you want a professional that respects your independence while staying close by as a safety diver. Either way, you want above all, clear communication between you and your instructors, with detailed briefings on what you are about to do.