Dive Courses for every level!

As Vanuatu’s only PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Dive Resort, Big Blue Vanuatu will help you with learning to dive or continuing your dive education. With an experienced, knowledgeable, up-to-date instructor team we can take you all the way from novice to instructor, and beyond!

The price for all our courses includes gear hire and PADI manuals. Please note payments made by credit card incur a 4% surcharge.

Learn to Dive

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Your first dive!
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Learn to Dive!
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An option for the time-strapped
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Learn to Dive Course Details

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Blow some bubbles in a safe, relaxed pool environment while we introduce you to the equipment and techniques used by scuba divers, all under the watchful eye of our dive staff. Then we’ll go diving on one of the amazing dive sites along Pango Cove! Experiences conducted daily.

One of our instructors will escort you along the reef where you’ll experience an incredible diversity of fish and coral. To join us in the ocean, you must have completed the pool experience.

This course does not feature an eLearning component.

Online booking provided by redvanuatu.com, Vanuatu’s premier activity booking platform.


Become a PADI Open Water Diver by earning the world’s most recognised certification in the beautiful tropical waters of Vanuatu.

Begin with a bit of dive theory and pool training, and then enjoy four open water ocean dives among the reefs and wrecks of Port Vila Harbour, Mele Bay and Pango Cove accompanied by your friendly Big Blue instructor. Dives available daily.

If you purchase and complete the PADI eLearning Open Water theory portion of your training before arriving at Big Blue, which we highly recommend, the course fee is 36,500vt. Otherwise you will receive your hardcopy learning materials from Big Blue after arriving in Vanuatu. More information below.

Requires separate purchase and completion of the corresponding PADI eLearning Course prior to arrival.

Course materials consist of DVD and hardcopy materials, available after arrival in Vanuatu.

Online booking provided by redvanuatu.com, Vanuatu’s premier activity booking platform.


If you don’t have time to complete the full Open Water Course, we can certify you up to Scuba Diver, which takes only 2 days. This course is a subset of the Open Water Course and qualifies you to dive with a Divemaster or Instructor to 12 meters. It can easily be up graded to an Open Water Course on your next dive trip.

This course does not feature an eLearning component.

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Advanced + Specialty Courses

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Dive Your First Wreck
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A critical dive skill
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Continue the adventure by completing your PADI Advanced Open Water course over two days, while diving the clear warm waters of Mele Bay. Just five dives in total and you will be on your way to opening up new and exciting dive adventures!

You will complete training in Deep Diving and Underwater Navigation, and then you choose three other types of diving to sample – select from Underwater Digital Photography, Search and Recovery, Night, Wreck, Drift, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware conservation dives and many more.

If you complete the PADI eLearning Advanced Open Water theory portion of your training before arriving at Big Blue, which we highly recommend, the course fee is 36,500vt.

Requires separate purchase and completion of the corresponding PADI eLearning Course prior to arrival.

Course materials consist of DVD and hardcopy materials, available after arrival in Vanuatu.

Online booking provided by redvanuatu.com, Vanuatu’s premier activity booking platform.


We offer a number of specialty dive courses taught by highly experienced professionals.

Possible courses include:

  • Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty (PADI eLearning)
  • Peak Performance Bouyancy
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diver
  • Underwater Navigation Diver
  • Search and Recovery Diver
  • Project Aware Conservation Specialties and many more! These specialty courses are all “hands on” and you will spend most of your time in the water and only a little time on the theory.

If you’re interested in a particular course, please get in touch for pricing. The price includes all dive equipment, official PADI training pack and manual and varies depending of the number of dives required to complete the course.

If you do 5 specialty courses and are a rescue diver then you can qualify as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, the highest qualification for the non-professional diver. Go on, and we’ll take you for the Master Scuba Diver Challenge

Course materials consist of DVD and hardcopy materials, available after arrival in Vanuatu.

Online booking provided by redvanuatu.com, Vanuatu’s premier activity booking platform.


The Rescue Dive Course gives you the confidence and knowledge to assist a fellow diver if an accident should happen. Despite the serious nature of the subject, students typically report a great sense of achievement upon completing the course’s role playing the scenarios.

Note that EFR First Aid Course is a prerequisite to the Rescue Diver Course. If you have not completed this training, it will need to be included as described below.

If you complete the theory before you come to Vanuatu via eLearning the course fee is Vt36,500.

Requires separate purchase and completion of the corresponding PADI eLearning Course prior to arrival.

Course materials consist of DVD and hardcopy materials, available after arrival in Vanuatu.

Online booking provided by redvanuatu.com, Vanuatu’s premier activity booking platform.


In addition to diving, you’ll learn general first aid in this course and earn a widely recognised first aid qualification. A first aid qualification is required for the Rescue Diver and Divemaster certification.

Requires separate purchase and completion of the corresponding PADI eLearning Course prior to arrival.

Online booking provided by redvanuatu.com, Vanuatu’s premier activity booking platform.



Professional Courses

Have you ever watched your PADI Instructor or Divemaster and thought, would that be a great job? Would you like to dive your way round the world? Becoming a PADI professional gives you the opportunity to work at home or in the hundreds of PADI dive centres and resorts around the world. Why not train to become a diving instructor in the warm tropical waters of Vanuatu?

Big Blue is Vanuatu’s only PADI 5 star Instructor Development Centre. We are the only centre to run IDCs in Vanuatu and one of only a handful in the South Pacific.

Our Divemaster Programs give you the opportunity to work alongside our international and highly experienced team and gives you hands on experience of working in a PADI 5 star IDC centre which will assist you greatly when you decide to undertake the PADI IDC.

For more information, contact us.


PADI eLearning

As a PADI-affiliated dive training provided, we proudly offer eLearning to expedite your dive training. PADI eLearning is an online training system that teaches you diving theory before arriving in Vanuatu, which means that more of your precious dive holiday hours are spent in the water. Note that we offer reduced rates for dive students who have completed their online PADI theory training. These reductions are based on the cost of the online course.

Dive students who arrive without having completed this theory portion of the course will need to do so on site before proceeding with experience portions of the training. When the boat is ready and you can smell the ocean, you don’t want to be stuck staring at a computer screen, so be sure to get your theory out of the way and we’ll see you in the water soon!


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Big Blue is a 100% Aware, which means that percentage of proceeds from every course provided by Big Blue Vanuatu goes to Project Aware. We participate in the Project Aware Dive Against Debris program to combat pollution of our marine environments.