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Dive Sites

Dive Sites

Please find below a selection of the most common dive sites in the Whangarei area.

1. Matapouri – Pebbles Bay – At the North end of the beach Crayfish can be obtained by a short swim. Ideal for novice divers with cliffs and canyons, and is also good for snorkelling.

2. Tutukaka – Departure point for the Poor Knights. Some nice walls at the harbour entrance. Good dives to be had at the Gables to the North and Wellington reef to the South.

3. Taiharuru – McGregor's Bay – Nice fun beach for the family, some nice diving on the right side of the bay. As you travel out to these areas you will also see a spot on the right just before McGregor’s Bay called the gap/gut – this is a good dive with Crays being found to the left. It is also not a bad fishing spot.

4. Kauri Mountain – Be prepared for a short but steep walk down to the water. Caution is advised. Once down at the waters edge you can swim left or take a long surface swim out to the Awarua rocks where there are some nice reefs along with some good sized Crays.

5. Whangarei Heads – Peach Cove and Smugglers Cove – Boat diving for Scallops and some good Kingfish to be found for the spear/fishermen.

6. McLeod's Bay, Urquhart's Bay – Scallops can be found in these areas and it is relatively easy to swim from the shore. When diving here you should be in at least 8-metres before coming across Scallops big enough to collect. Best time to dive is just after low tide.

7. Marsden Point – One Tree Point – Scallops in the harbour. Best time to dive is just after the turn of the incoming tide. Scallops are available within a short swim. Depths vary from 5 metres. Good boat ramps. Watch for strong currents.

8. Bream Bay – Scallops are readily available. Boat diving recommended. Best to launch boats from Marsden Point in Ruakaka or Whangarei Heads – Urquhart’s Bay.