A global booking platform for divers with the widest selection of liveaboards, dive resorts, and dive centers worldwide.

01 Overview
Joel Perrenoud
MD and Board Member of PADI Travel
Industry
Location
Partnership
Since Dec 2012
Services
Full-cycle Web
Development
Team size
10-15
engineers
02 Business
Challenge

To develop an advanced travel booking service and become an inclusive travel agent for divers worldwide. This would bring the universe of new business opportunities.

03 Solution
To enter the market successfully and stay in demand, we’ve designed and implemented a number of
game-changing features together with the PADI team. Uniting thousands of users, liveaboards, resorts, adventures, and services, the platform is still fast and easy to use.

We’ve established a collaboration that allows us to move and create features rapidly, and built an advanced web platform to get mortgages fast and easily.

1.

Every dive centre has seasonal prices and different prices for certain periods (for example, New Year), fast-changing room and services availability, and lots of other variables.

We’ve designed a high-load booking engine that handles all of it in a way users don't even notice and has great personalization capabilities.

2.

Scuba divers usually plan trips ahead (booking a trip a year before is a regular thing), so they always know what they want from their journey.

We pay special attention to the specifics of the industry — we’ve created a fully-custom shopping mechanism that allows booking exactly the room you want, paying by milestones, and works with 100+ currencies.

3.

There are hundreds of destinations and lots of activities to choose from on the PADI Travel platform, so we do everything to ensure users get the most out of their journey.

We’ve built an advanced filtering system that helps divers get what they exactly want — for example, they can filter hotels by price, meal plan, services that help learn to dive and provide certificates, and even opportunities to see dolphins or other animals.

4.

Local diving centres and businesses are an important part of the experience PADI Travel provides, so we strive to make their offers easy to understand and unified.

To do so, we’ve created PADI Business — a platform where businesses can list their services, create products, manage shop, prices, room availability, and receive payments. PADI Business helps local businesses get more customers, and it’s a pure win-win for both sides.

5.

Flexibility and customer care are especially needed when the whole market is in trouble.

To support dive resorts and help PADI Travel users find a safe place to rest, we designed from scratch a Coronavirus Scuba Diving Status map. It displays information about if diving is allowed, restricted or allowed with restrictions even in specific country regions.

PADI Travel Mobile App

Wherever you are, the geo-based PADI Travel mobile app will help you find activities you’re interested in. It can display dive centres around you, show you where to rent the diving equipment, allow you to book a lesson, and pay for such things easily.

PADI Travel Dive Guides

Wherever you want to travel, with PADI Dive Guides you can get comprehensive information on everything — from the region or country specifics to the ability to meet certain animal species. You can also get information about:

  • Diving
  • Dive Shops
  • Dive Sites
  • Dive Resorts
  • Courses
  • Liveaboards
  • Snorkelling

To work on a product for almost a decade, putting only your knowledge and product development expertise is not enough.

We never hesitate to express our thoughts and never limit ourselves to the tech side only — acting as product creators, we put all our brain power into PADI Travel business. And it works just fine.

As a partner and member of the team, Django Stars was not only delivering code, but was really thinking with us in terms of the best solution
Joel Perrenoud
MD and Board Member of PADI Travel Switzerland
04 Result
PADI Travel is the world’s biggest web resource for divers, booking platform, travel guide and social network, connecting thousands of divers and hundreds of destinations.
Became the world’s #1 booking platform for scuba diving
Combined 200 000+ divers and 10 000+ dive operators
Diviac Travel (the original product) was acquired by
PADI
, the world's leading scuba diver training organization
Top 100 Swiss startup award by startup.ch
Top 50 startups by Bilanz
Magazine
Top 100 Europe winner by Red Herring
05 Technologies
To create a financial application we used
We've received some very positive feedback both from our investors and from our users who see and use the platform on a daily basis. I'm very positive about Django Stars, and I can recommend them without any problem.
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