Dive Centre & Services

Since April 2004, Muriel and Joop have been running Son Bou Scuba, located in Son Bou on Menorca’s South coast. During the season of 2003 they started working on Menorca and used this time to get to know the island and to find the best dive sites available.

You can find the dive centre in the ‘Centro Commercial San Jaime’ in Son Bou, only a short distance away from the beach. Please visit our Accommodation page to view a detailed map of Son Bou.

Before coming to Menorca, Muriel and Joop worked for 8 years in the Maldives as scuba instructors and base leaders. Their experience, combined with high safety standards and organisational skills, will guarantee you a relaxed diving holiday. Whether you are a complete novice to scuba diving or an experienced technical diver, you will find our centre, facilities and staff to be the perfect choice for your diving activities. Click here to meet the dive centre staff.

At Son Bou Scuba the dive groups are kept small and experience levels are not mixed. This way, all divers get maximum enjoyment out of their dives. There is always an experienced ‘spare buddy’ at hand to accompany any single divers. Daily, we organize 2 guided dives by mini-bus or by boat to more than 45 exciting and unusual dive sites all around the island.

Safety

SBS is one of only a handful of fully licensed and legal dive centers of Menorca. We comply with all Spanish and European Community laws and Health and Safety regulations. We have oxygen cylinders and First Aid kits available in the dive centre, the cars and on the boat, as well as communications equipment.

Training

Son Bou Scuba is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, a BSAC Resort Centre and DAN Friend. We offer courses according to PADI and DAN standards – from absolute beginner to Assistant Instructor. For beginner courses we use our swimming pool (2 min. walking distance from the dive centre) or one of many beaches available. Open Water students will make their first open water dives in one of Menorca’s sheltered coves. Crystal-clear water and a water temperature of up to 28 degrees Celsius (in July & August) guarantee ideal conditions for learning to scuba dive.

Certified divers who want to extend their knowledge can join one of our Continuing Education courses up to Assistant Instructor (PADI), as well as several PADI specialty courses like Cavern Diver, Nitrox Diver, Deep Diver, Dolphin Rebreather Diver and Wreck Diver, just to name a few. Technical courses (Inspiration CCR diver, decompression nitrox, technical nitrox, normoxic trimix) and instructor courses (IAHD Handicapped Instructor, DAN Oxygen Instructor) are available upon request.

Diving for children

Also younger divers can experience the feeling of being underwater. For 8 to 10 year olds we offer ‘Bubblemaker’ courses in the pool. For children from 10 years onwards it is possible to get certified as a PADI Junior Scuba Diver or PADI Junior Open Water Diver. We have special equipment available for children, including masks, fins, wetsuits, BCD’s and 5- & 7-litre cylinders.

Technical diving

Son Bou Scuba is rebreather friendly! Since 2007 we offer ‘Discover Rebreather Diving’: after a comprehensive equipment and safety briefing, certified divers can have a go with the Dolphin Dräger Semi-Closed Rebreather or the Inspiration CCR under the direct supervision of an instructor. Also we offer full certification courses for these units. If you are already rebreather certified on the Dolphin Dräger or the Inspiration CCR, then simply hire one of our units. For rental prices please check out our technical price list on the ‘Prices & Courses’ page.

Rebreather divers who prefer to bring their own unit do not need to bring soda lime…we've got plenty! Sofnolime 797 suitable for the Inspiration and Evolution, DiveSorb® for Dolphin Dräger and Ray units. And why carry your cylinders around the world? We have 2- and 3-liter O2-clean cylinders for the Inspiration and Evolution, as well as 5- and 8-litre cylinders for Dolphin units. We do clean air fills up to 220 bar and oxygen fills up to 200 bar (sorry, our cylinders only!)

Qualified open-circuit divers can rent 10- and 12-litre twin sets to dive Menorca’s deep wrecks. We have SS twinning bands, SS backplates, OMS wings and rigged deco-cylinders available. For diving groups, helium is available upon request. Please check out our technical price list on the ‘Prices & Courses’ page.

Equipment

The equipment at Son Bou Scuba is as good as new: every three years we renew all our wetsuits, regulators and cylinders. We have fifty 10-, 12- (dumpy) and 15-litre steel cylinders available (compatible with DIN or INT), as well as several 2-, 3-, 5- and 8-litre steel cylinders for rebreather diving. Technical divers can rent 40 cf, 7-litre and 80 cf aluminium cylinders (O2 clean) for their decompression requirements.

Our new Bauer compressors deliver 240 litres of clean, filtered dry air per minute up to 220 bar. The quality of the air is checked regularly and the maintenance service schedule is carried out exactly as recommended by the manufacturer.

Son Bou Scuba is, among others, dealer for Aqualung and A.P. Valves; manufacturer of the famous ‘Buddy’ BCD’s. We have the following equipment available for rental:

- 15 x Apeks DS-4/XTX-40 regulators, fitted with XTX-20 octopus and pressure gauge
- 25 x Buddy ‘Commando’ and ‘Sport’ BCD’s (range from XS to XXXL)
- 10 x Suunto ‘Gekko’ & ‘Zoop’ dive computers (suitable for Nitrox)
- 10 x Aluminium Treble-Light MX-6 dive lights (20 Watt, 60 min. burn time)
- 35 x 6-mm ‘Polaris’ full wetsuits. Our wetsuits come in an extensive range of sizes to fit all (up to XXXL), and can be combined with a hood and gloves if desired.

You can rent a complete set of equipment -including a dive computer- for only € 15 per dive, so why bother to bring your own?

Two Olympus digital C-5050 underwater cameras are available for rental, as well as several wide angle- and macro lenses for the Sea & Sea MX-10 and Motormarine II. Also, one of our experienced instructors can capture your dive in pictures or on video, so you can enjoy your diving adventure again back home.

At Son Bou Scuba we have rinsing and drying facilities available for our divers with boxes and racks for storing and hanging personal equipment. Within the centre there’s a bathroom and changing room, including a shower. A fully equipped workshop is available for Apeks regulator service and small repairs.

Water temperature

Month Water
temperature ºC
Air
temperature ºC
Daily hours
of sunshine
April 15 10-18 7
May 15-18 13-21 8.5
June 18-22 17-25 10
July 22-26 20-28 11
August 25-28 21-29 10
September 22-27 18-26 7
October 20-22 15-22 6
November 18-20 11-18 4