Photo by Barbara Anderson
Wellington has a 360 degree coastline which means we can always find good, safe diving no matter what the weather. Water temperatures range from 10 to 17 degrees Celsius (50 – 63F) throughout the year. Most divers wear 7mm (1/4 inch) wetsuits with parka hoods. Visibility has an average range of 3 metres (10 feet) to 10 metres (30 feet). Offshore (boat dives) visibility can reach 20 metres (60 feet) reasonably often.
Club dives – Every Saturday 9am, plus Thursdays 6pm in NZDST.
The Island Bay Divers Club is called Island Bay Bubbleheads.
Local Dive Trips
Dive trips obviously depend on visibility, safe weather conditions and economic numbers taking part. Because we offer trips on the South Coast & the Kapiti Coast, we should have trips underway most weekends.
If you want to join a boat or 4WD trips you need to book ahead. Once you have booked a trip, you need to ring the shop around 5pm the day before the departure, to get a final heads up on status & conditions.
Kapiti Island – scuba dives (2 dives) mainly weekend on arrangement.
Kapiti Island spearfishing trips – 8 hours ( weekends). The first dive of the day is inside the reserve to take photos and get a good visual of the various different fish species and then the second dive is to a hotspot for fishing. They cater for all levels of spearos (from beginner to the most experienced). All divers are expected to dive with a float, preferably with a flag. Guns/ belts/ float & line/ fins etc/ catch bags are available for hire at very reasonable rates.
Shore dives / club trip – Saturday 9am. These are the only trips that are not weather dependent or subject to numbers. Club trips go out every Saturday.
Trip’s sites are tailored to what the group wants & their experience level. A range of sites offers a mixture of either wreck diving, scenic dives, deep or crayfish hunting.
Lake Taupo: We run trips to Lake Taupo (New Zealand’s Largest lake). The lake normally has very good visibility & water temperatures are usually the same as Wellington. Dives include deep dives, night dives, spring dives & current dives in the Waikato river – above the Huka falls.
Poor Knights: One of New Zealand’s top dive destinations. Clear visibility, warm water, a marine reserve and beautiful scenery. TBA
Fiordland: We have a 1 week trips to Fiordland on the West Coast of the South Island, scheduled for this year. This area is largely untouched and has many species that are not normally seen close inshore. Except when the snow melts in Spring, the warm ocean currents in this area keep temperatures at the same levels of Wellington, throughout the year.
White Island: 50 km off the Bay of Plenty on the edge of the continental shelf is another NZ dive Mecca. ‘White’ is famous for abundant life with awesome viz. there will be at least one trip, maybe two, this year.
The overseas trip 2016 is to Vavau in Tonga. End of May – not the whale season. The cost is under $2,500 ex Wellington – includes airfares, transfers, accommodation for 8 days, weight belts & tanks, boat (all dives are boat dives). Does not include food (good restaurants apparently). Bring your own scuba gear.
There is also a Great Barrier Reef live aboard trip scheduled for spring’16. If conditions are suitable one of the sites on the trip will be the wreck of the Yongalah.
Please contact the shop for further details if you are interested..
Spear fishing trips
Sebastian Krammer is running spearfishing trips to Tonga. Nuku’Alofa or Eua, 4-14 August, cost $3,000 – 3,400, does not include flights but does include transfers (you need to organise your bookings), accommodation, food, floats/ line/ weights & two days of Whale dives. Contact Sebastian on 021-632-080.