Sep 22

Red Moki – Chirodactylus spectabilis

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One of the more common fish we see on our local dives is Red Moki. If you are diving in north New Zealand, most divers would be unlucky to not find one, however many don’t know they are one of the more interesting fish we have.  These fish aren’t usually afraid of divers and will …

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Sep 14

OceanReef Integrated Dive Mask (IDM)

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Once the reserve of only Professional or Military divers, OceanReef has now delivered to the Recreational community a line of full face masks or ‘Integrated Dive Masks’ with all the options and performance expected with an off the shelf product. It has been many a year since I’d strapped my head into a bucket in …

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Sep 09

Eagle and Sting Rays

Sting Rays & Eagle Rays are some of the more common creatures we see on our local dives. There is also a common cause of confusion when determining the differences between the two. It is not uncommon for divers and swimmers alike to have an undeserved fear of these amazing rays.  Both Stingrays and Eagle Rays behave similarly, they both …

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Sep 07

Bare AquaTrek AT1 Drysuit

I have had my Bare AT1 Drysuit for two years now and I love it. I didn’t want to go back to a wetsuit. It is so light-weight and I have so much flexibility while wearing the suit. The breathable material has come in handy a couple of times as I’ve done some huge surface …

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Aug 14

Atomic Blade Fins

If you want a pair of fins that do everything, look no further than the Atomic Blade fins. These fins come in a plethora of colors for those who like to ‘match it up’. They also have standard Atomic Fin straps, although these can be upgraded to Atomic’s quick release stainless steel spring strap. The fins themselves …

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Aug 02

Oceanic VEO 4.0 Console

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The Oceanic Veo 4.0 is an easy to use entry level wrist or console mounted computer. The Veo 4.0 is sleek and yet still packed with features. The Veo 4.0 features Bluetooth Technology to connect any mobile device to your DiverLog+ app so that you can track, manage and share all of your dive data. …

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May 11

Zeagle Scope Mono Mask

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The scope mono comes in three different colours being Rescue Orange, Coyote Camo and a stylish Matt Black. The Mask also allows for replacement back straps and it only requires an allen key to swap them out. The mask comes with the ski mask strap but can also be changed out for a thick rubber …

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Feb 21

Little Barrier Island Dive Trip

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With a mixed group of divers, from Novice to Advanced – the Hauraki Express departed Omaha for Little Barrier. Perfect seas made for a fast transit and a loop around the Eastern side of the Island to where the Topography gets weird. With Only a slight swell, the anchor is dropped in shallow water adjacent …

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Feb 21

Mokohinau Island Dive Trip

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Under clear skies and near-perfect seas the custom built ‘Hauraki Express’ departed Omaha Harbor for the Mokohinau Islands. Blasting out past Ti Point at 26 kts we settled in for the hour plus transit past the Jurassic Little Barrier Island ,which serves as an alternate dive site should the forecast be out. The Sea North …

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Feb 08

Hovering

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The Hover, as opposed to neutral buoyancy (because we’re all tired of talking about that – right?) Ok – they are in effect the same. Ever seen a student (or certified diver) compensate for poor buoyancy by peddling their fins … of course you have. There’s a HUGE percentage of the recreational diving community that …

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