Southern Arch

Southern Arch is an impressively steep archway that towers over 40m above the surface. Its sides are steep and vertical, dropping to just 10m at the northern end and sloping to 40m or more at the southern end of the arch. This dive site can have strong current.

The strong current here can attract large schools of fish. The walls are covered in invertebrates and nudibranchs can be spotted too.

Level

Level

  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 12 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Wall/Drop Off
  • Macro Spot
  • Kelp fish

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

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Ngaio Rock is a small rock that rises from sand at the western end of the Labrid Channel. The walls of the rock are steep and are covered in life. It is worthwhile circumnavigating the rock to properly explore the site!

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This arch is characterised by its steep walls. The western entrance of the arch has boulders and kelpy walls at about 18m. Going through to the eastern end of the arch, the walls drop vertically into 40m plus, and a diver can look out into the open ocean.

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At the South-Eastern point of Aorangi Island you will find Pinakitanga Point. This point and the bay to the north provide fantastic sloping walls, kelp and towering rock formations. The bay reaches 35+m relatively easily but provides plenty of entertainment in the shallows also.

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Brady’s Corner (Shark Fin Cave)

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An iconic site for photographers due to the blue glow producing an awesome silhouette shots. The crack is about 60m long and at the open end, is about 15m deep. It is open to the surface the whole length of the crack and approx 10m wide at the opening, narrowing to 3m wide.

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