Lochmara

Lochmara is home to a local reef conservation project helping regenerate kelp, as well as an underwater observatory. The area around the observatory shows a great representation of Inner Sound fish species. During our surface intervals, guests can explore the Lochmara Lodge bush and wildlife conservation project.

Local fish species include Leather Jackets, Carpet Sharks, Blue Cod, Stingray, Mullet, Crayfish and Blennies. A resident conger eel can be seen hiding under his table like rock!

Level

Level

  • Beginner
Body of Water

Body of Water

  • Artificial
Visibility

Visibility

  • 4 m
Current

Current

  • No Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Artificial Reef
  • Snorkeling
  • Macro Spot
  • Cleaning Station
  • Kelp fish

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

Dive sites nearby

Double Cove Marine Reserve

Double Cove is a marine reserve located in the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. This site is ideal for beginners and training, as it is quite sheltered with depths from 9 down to 18m. Entry to the water is by boat or small jetty.

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The Koi is a 32-meter vessel from Scotland, built in 1912 and sunk in 1940. Originally a passenger ship travelling between Motueka and Nelson, it was later converted into a coal ship. She now lies in 12 meters of water and is a great dive site for macro photography!

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Allports Island

Allports Island is an uninhabited island reaching a height of 79 meters. The water is deep around the whole coast of the island and is great for deep diving. The site is suitable for all levels of diving. Mostly used for deep-dive training.

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Wiakawa Swim Spot

A very sheltered spot that is normally only used when weather prevents diving elsewhere. It is surrounded by boating exclusion buoys so it is very safe.

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MV Mikhail Lermontov, wreck

The Mikhail Lermontov is one of the biggest cruise ship dives in the world. Sunk under mysterious circumstance in 1986, it has become a world class wreck dive suitable for divers from beginner all the way to technical. The Lermontov lies in a remote sheltered bay at the top of New Zealand’s South island.

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Melville Cove

A sheltered bay in Port Gore, ideal for beginners and training dives. Sandy bottom with a mooring line in the centre, around 6 metres at the bottom of the line. Great spot for night diving too

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Nine Pins

A set of Nine Rocks that you can see breaching the surface. Directly out from The Pier Hotel. Launching from the ramp outside of The Pier Hotel at high tide only. These Rocks mark the north side of the local Rahui.

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Saint Kildas

Launching from Jimmy Armers Beach, Saint Kildas Rock is only a 3min boat trip. The Rock is located with a Rahui and provides a stunning coastal kelp enivroment full of fish life.

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8 minute drive from Daves Diving Kaikoura behind the Fyffe House. Entry/Exit point is located at the old boat ramp that is deused. Note that Boats launch from the beach do take care. The yellow ’No Fishing’ Buoy is a reference for you surface swim.

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A rough walk over the rocky peninsular of Kaikoura with a difficult entry. Swim through a kelp forest and rock formations with swim throughs and small caves to explore. With many entry and exit points this dive site can be enjoyed many times.Surge and swell can make this dive tricky especially the entry and exit.

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