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Dive Review of Fiordland Charters/MV Pembroke in
New Zealand/Fiordland, South Island

Fiordland Charters/MV Pembroke: "My favorite diving in all the World", Apr, 2016,

by Dr Michael Davis Editor SPUMS, Christchurch, NZ ( 2 reports). Report 9179.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments I have been diving in Fiordland for 25 years, and for much of that time on the MV Pembroke (through two owners). The vessel is very seaworthy and cosey but basic (bunk room for up to 5 and two tiny double-bed cabins both accessed through the bunk room - therefore, privacy is at a minimum; two toilet/shower compartments (care with water use)accessed from a side deck and a good, enclosed (very essential in this cli ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Fiordland Charters   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving In the past year:
Fiji (mediocre)
Fiordland, New Zealand (best diving in the world!)
Closest Airport Queeenstown Getting There Queenstown has international flights from Australia & domestic flights from the main airports in NZ. You still have a 2-hr drive and a lake ferry + coach trip over a dirt road or a helicopter flight into the vessel in Fiordland. This is remote diving with minimal communication with the outside world!

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 15-16°C / 59-61°F Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 10-30 M / 33-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions You are totally responsible for your own diving safety, bearing in mind that civilisation is a long way away and there is a mountain range between you and any medical assistance. The nearest recompression chamber is in Christchurch hundreds of km away.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments This can be a challenging environment for photography, which is why I have only given it 3 stars, but there are rich rewards to be had. I have been there wi ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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