The Golf ball/ Car Park

Boat Harbour is a very popular place to park up but diving around waipapa island can be good fun, sandy bay in the middle and the further around the island you go the deeper and steeper the drop off.

Standard NZ marine species, and kelp although one of the few places I have regularly seen blue moki.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

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

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

Dive sites nearby

BIG BAY

It is as it sounds, a big bay with diving spots everywhere around the bay. deeper as you head towards the middle, white sand patches on the western edge.

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Rarotonga Bay

Rarotonga Bay is one of those places that doesn’t disappoint, the water here on a good day can sometimes be mistaken for a day in the tropics hence the name

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The northern side of champagne rock is a great starting area for you dive. Out in champagne bay is 10m with big open reef. Swimming along side the rock itself is a wall that is littered with sealife.

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MAHURANGI IS/ GOAT IS

2 tractors were sunk here to make an artificial reef Many moons ago. This is a sandy bottom with small broken reef that borders on the Hahei marine reserve. Great for beginners and OW1 and 2. Easy navigation and is protected from most weather.

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GEM STONE BAY

Gemstone bay is INSIDE THE HAHEI MARINE RESERVE so its a no touch or take dive site. Some of the biggest snapper and crayfish on the coromandel its a great place to dive and view what a marine reserve can do for an area

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Aldermens- HoneyComb

Honeycomb dive site offers a range of underwater exploring from going up into the honeycomb like caves to follow a steep and deep wall on the southern side of the rock.

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Aldermens- Fish Factory

Fish Factory is one of the many magnificent dive sites in the alderman group offering up a nice wall to cruise along and also offers up a pinnacle just off from the wall.More suited for the more experienced and expert divers as it can become a deep dive quite easily.

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THE TWINS

The twins is a dive site 15mins away from whitianga located between whiti and devils point. A bit of experience is need for this dive and a run of decent weather. The north and south side are the deepest parts of the dive with a swim through at about 10m down right in the middle of the twins.

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Aldermens- Mooring Bay

Mooring Bay is one of the more common spots for those who want to experience the Alderman’s without the depth and current. Ideal training bay with a shallow anchoring area with sand.

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Aldermens-Middle Middle

Middle middle is situated in the middle of the middle alderman island. This dive site is one not to be missed. If you are after a very scenic dive this is ideal

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