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Dive Review of Dive North - Bay of Islands Ltd./N/A in
New Zealand/Bay of Islands, North Island

Dive North - Bay of Islands Ltd./N/A, Apr, 2002,

by Jose Kirchner, CA, USA . Report 199.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Worldwide diving 46 years, New Zealand previously.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 64 to 68 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Fairly cooperative about diving your desires and plans, according to your experience and weather limitations.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse facilities on shore, not much aboard. Dive operation helpful, but no special facilities for photographers. Good topography, fish and invert photography, varied kelp thickets.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments April is very early fall here, as warm as the water will get all year. This east side of North Island is sheltered from winds normally. Bay of Islands is very picturesque, diving has lots of swimthroughs, caverns and interesting topography, and very fishy- schools of small to medium fishes, pelagics on occasion. A fun dive is "Hole in the Rock", fabulously fishy- but keep your depth, as huge tourist jet boats speed through here too. Bay of Islands is a great place for critter diving and photoggers / videographers. Also accessible is the wreck of the famed (Greenpeace) Rainbow Warrior, sunk by French agents at dock in Auckland and re-sunk here for divers.

Dive boat is 23 ft Lady Gail partial cover catamaran w/ head, speedy and fairly comfortable for up to seven divers. Dive operator is a young eager couple, small waterside shop- much of their business is from a nearby tourist kiosk. Though they are pleasant and helpful, to the point of serving hot soup during the surface interval, we were told the Warrior was not accessible due to high seas. The truth is others dove it that day, and we suspect they didn't want to go out there due to the small number of divers OR to because there was no dive ladder this trip, necessitating entry using the outboard motor fin (forgotten?), tricky with swell. The operation is small, and mixes divers of all experience levels and snorkelers. Dive guides provided, but we were allowed to do our own thing on our own timelines, with decent briefings for the sites.

Price about US$50 two tank dive (tanks and weights), air only, 10% discount if booked directly. Can charter boat for 7 for two tank dive for just under US$400. Dive trips depart Paihia central wharf about 7:30, return about 2:00 PM. Trips to the Rainbow Warrior just over an hour each way, second dive is on a reef. Other dive areas 30 minutes.

Dive North Bay of Islands Ltd.
[bay-of-islands.co.nz link] /> P.O. Box 361,
Paihia, Bay of Islands
New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 402 7079; Fax: +64 9 402 5969
Email: divenorth@xtra.co.nz

Alternative dive operator would be

Pahia Dive
[divenz.com link] /> P.O. Box 210
Paihia, Bay of Islands
New Zealand
Phone +64 02 7551,Fax +64 02 7110
divepaihia@xtra.co.nz


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