Dive Trips

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 jackets. 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/ group’is called Island Bay Bubbleheads.

Click here for more info on our Dive ‘Club/ group’

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, harbour(scallops in season), Makara and Mana we should have trips underway most weekends. The Saturday morning ‘club’ dives aim to dive a different site each week. Our Dive Guides offer guided tours – Guides are Instructors with years of experience and are not interns or trainee guides.

Provided dives are outside the reserve you can pick up ‘kai moana’ on any dive.

If you want to join a guided trip or 4WD  excursion you need to book ahead. The departure date is weather dependent, and you should watch the Island Bay Facebook page conditions forecast for several days before hand to get a final heads up on status & conditions.

Shore dives / unguided group trip – Saturday 9am. These are the only trips  that are not weather dependent or subject to numbers. Trips go out every Saturday. An Instructor chooses the best site of the day, arranges buddy pairs and gives a brief at the site. If you want to join this activity, contact the shop (04- 383-6778) the day before so we can discuss suitability.

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.


Free dive/Spearo/Snorkel dives – unguided and guided

As well as scuba dives we also offer snorkel dives. You can hire all or any equipment you need if you want to take this option. We will show you where the best sites are for the day and give you site brief.

We can also organise a guided tour if you wish, but please contact us in advance for this – contact details on the ‘contact’ page.

To find out more on either of these options click on the link https://www.ibdivers.co.nz/snorkel-tour/

We also do freedive & spearfishing tours as well. No minimum number & we hire guns, floats, suits etc for these tours.

National Trips : Club trips.

Lake Taupo: Lake Taupo is 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.

International Trips

The next overseas trip 7-14 June 2022  is to Fiji – double click on the poster below for details. The cost – $NZ 3,050 for divers, or $NZ 2,400 for non divers will include airfares ex Wellington, transfers, accommodation, food, weight belts & tanks, 10 boat dives  for 8 days. Two dives are shark dives – more shark dives can be arranged.  Bring your own scuba gear or hire from us.


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 (04) 383-6778 or tim@ibdivers.co.nz for further details if you are interested.


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