Bay of Islands Reef Diving
Paihia is the gateway to the Bay of Islands, and from this small tourist town you can access the many beaches and Islands of the Bay. It's also a great place to dive from!
The diving in the Bay of Islands is sub tropical, with the water temperature ranging from 15c in the winter to 22c in late summer. The Bay of Islands is lucky that the East Auckland Current washes down the coast bringing tropical fish like Lord Howe Coralfish, and Toadstool Grouper to Cape Brett.
During the summer you can see massive Short-tail Stingrays in Cathedral Cave, large schools of Blue Maomao, and big Pelagics like Kingfish. The encrusting life is also very colourful, with the walls covered in Jewel Anemones and Sponges.
Paihia Dive has been running trips in the Bay of islands since 1978! So we know the Bay of Islands underwater like no one else.
We have 2 boats running to different areas, and can cater for small and large groups.
- For certified divers it's a 2 reef dive day trip including all gear
Please Bring... Please bring your swimsuit, towel, sunblock, camera, and something warm to wear after diving. You are welcome to bring your own lunch, or we are happy to provide a packed lunch for $12.00. Just let us know if you would like the meat or vegetarian option. Cancellation Policy... Cancellations and transfers more than 24 hours from trip departure will be accepted in most cases. Cancellations within 24 hours of trip departure will incur a cancellation fees of $100.00 per person. A substitute dive is welcome at no cost. In the event of non attendance full payment is forfeited.
- Day 1 : Reef Dive DayWe start the dive day at 7:45am at our dive shop on Williams rd. We organize equipment and paper work, then load the boat on Paihia wharf for a 8:30am departure. On the way out to the dive site we cruise through the islands and often see Dolphins, Penguins, Seals and marine bird life. It takes approximately 30 minutes on Sentinel to get to Deep Water Cove. First up is normally the wreck dive, While they are diving we set up gear and brief up for the first reef dive. We then cruise to a reef area for a dive and some lunch/snorkelling. After lunch we then head to another of the many great reef dive sites in the Bay of Islands. This is normally a dive exploring caves, arches, or swim throughs. Deep Water Cove is a marine reserve, so the marine life in this area is incredible. Once all the diving is done we cruise back though the islands to Paihia, arriving at the wharf around 3:30pm. Arrival at Paihia can vary depending on how busy the boat is and if customers require to be back for a bus. If you are catching a bus in the afternoon, please let us know!Meals :None
Reporting Time: Please report at 07:45am at the Paihia Dive Store on Williams Road in the centre of Paihia.
We can also pick up from the local area with prior arrangement.
The reef dive day trip is for certified divers, If you choose to wreck dive extra charges may be charged depending on certifcation.
$12.00 for a yummy packed lunch