Dive Trips

photo by Barbara Anderson

photo by Barbara Anderson


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  visibility can reach 15 metres (45 feet) reasonably often in a year.

Club dives – Every Saturday 9am, plus Thursdays 6pm in NZDST.

The Island Bay Divers Club is called Island Bay Bubbleheads.

Click here for more info on our Dive Club

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. The club dives aim to dive a different site each week. Provided dives are outside the reserve you can pick up ‘kai moana’ on any dive.

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.

National Trips

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.

Fiordland:  This area is largely untouched and has many species that are not normally seen so 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.

International Trips

The overseas trip 2019  is to the Philippines. Details are still being worked out but it will be mid year and there will be a stopover in Singapore. The cost will include airfares, transfers, accommodation for around 14  days, weight belts & tanks, boat (all dives are boat dives).  Bring your own scuba gear or hire from us.

There is also another trip scheduled for August to Tonga. Again details are still at the planning stage, but both trips are definites.

We also belong to the Padi Travel Network arranging trips for individuals or larger groups. Padi obviously has a huge experience base & you can call on this 24/7 on your trip. They also provide free Dan Dive Insurance for participants. So even if you have a quote already from another operator contact us for a comparison.

Please contact the shop for further details if you are interested..

Spear fishing trips



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