Flat Rock

Flat Rock is known for lots of BIG fish, deep canyons and lots of current! The reef itself is very bouldery and has big swim-throughs that can hold lots of fish life. It is a wicked dive but the current can be unexpected and changeable.

You can expect to see: Large schools of Kingfish, Snapper, Kahawai and well as smaller Blue Maomao, Wrasse, and other reef fish.

Level

Level

  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 13 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Wall/Drop Off
  • Cavern/Cave
  • Kelp fish
  • Pinnacle, Needle, Seamount

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

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Dive sites nearby

Trade Me Reef

This dive site is clearly marked by the cardinal boating marker on the rock. Anchor in the sheltered inlet on the main island in approx 6m depth. Short swim to the island can be made underwater on NW heading. The reef will drop to the bottom at about 11m and a short gap in the reef to the rock on a sand bottom.

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Takatu Point

Takatu Point has a great selection of terrain for all divers. The proximity of Tawharanui Marine Reserve makes the marine life there plentiful. The site slopes from 4m in the shallows to 25m+ further from the headland.

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Jones Bay is fantastic for learning to dive. It has a sandy sloping bottom with plenty of shellfish. There is also a significant reef structure to the right of the bay that provides shelter from the current.

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Tawharanui

Tawharanui Marine Reserve is a great dive site. The reserve stretches from along the surf beach to Takatu Point. It varies in depth with the best diving being in the 10 - 15m mark.

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Wooded Island

Wooded Island is a sheltered site that is great for learning to dive or just as a simple dive site. It is a popular site that ranges from 5m - 18m.

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Wellington Reef

Wellington Reef is an easy and often underrated dive site. Its shallowest point (Southern End) in around 5m while it slopes down to 25m+ towards the north.

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Ti Point is a great beginners dive site! It is an easy site to access with a concrete ramp and wharf that can be used to enter and exit the water.

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Leigh Reef

lots of current on moving tide, best dived around slack tide and good conditions. Advisable to have a good boat person on the surface, this can be a busy area with fishing in summer.

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Mathesons Bay is a sheltered bay that is perfect for diving! Divers can easily enter and exit the water via the beach or over the rock platform if the tide is right.

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The Outpost

The Outpost is a great dive site with various attractions. It ranges from a sheltered bay to steep walls that are filled with life. It is best to dive from a boat, however, it is possible to do this as a shore dive with a long surface swim from Leigh.

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