Category Archive: Dive Trips

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 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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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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Sep 21

New Dive Boat – Woohooo!

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We are thrilled to announce that our new dive boat Hauraki Express is now taking booking for dive trips – she is a beauty! Hauraki Express Built from scratch, this BRAND NEW 8.3m RIB has been purpose built with the Scuba Diver at the heart of the design. Centre seating for 10 Divers Plenty of space under the bench for …

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Jun 03

Midweek Dives at The Aldermans!

Winter has definitely arrived however last week we escaped Auckland for two days diving at the Aldermans. We had two frosty starts but despite this the boat was full both days and we all enjoyed two days of amazing diving with visibility being 15 – 20m most dives. It was our first trip to The …

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Aug 14

Fiji Dive Trip

We escaped the NZ Winter and made our annual trip to dive Fiji. The diving was up to it usual high standard with loads of colorful fish and soft corals. The highlights being a leopard shark, turtle, sea snake and the schools of anthias swarming over the reefs. Some of the group stayed on to …

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Jul 13

Diving the Solomon Islands aboard MV Bilikiki

We just returned from a fantastic dive trip aboard the MV Bilikiki, based out of Honiara in the Solomon Islands. A great break from the NZ winter to enjoy amazing diving in 28 degree celcius waters. It was my first time returning after 10 years, when I used to work aboard the Bilikiki, and I …

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Jun 19

Learning to Dive at Tiri Tiri Matangi

Congratulations to another 8 divers who successfully completed their Raid 20 Openwater Course. Thanks to Blair for assisting on the dives. We encountered schools of yellow stripped mullet, snapper and an eagle ray. Looking forward to seeing some of you guys on the upcoming Advanced Course in the Bay of Islands in July, or Fiji …

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May 22

Dolphins and Seals at the Poor Knights

A great 4 days diving at the Poor knights. Our tertiary instructor candidates made were escorted to the Poor Knights by a huge pod of 100s of Spinner Dolphins. Over the weekend we made it to Sugarloaf and the Pinnacles dives sites, 2 of our favourites, and were lucky enough to be in the water …

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