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Paihia Dive

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Address: Paihia, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64-9-402-7551
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7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Paihia Dive in the Bay of Islands is the Far North of New Zealand's premier...

Paihia Dive in the Bay of Islands is the Far North of New Zealand's premier dive centre and it is our great pleasure to show you all the underwater wonders of this beautiful part of NZ. We offer trips to the spectacular Rainbow Warrior - the jewel of the north aboard our fully equipped dive RIB 'Aka Maru', which takes only 7 minutes from the shore to reach the dive site.Dive The HMNZS Canterbury, New Zealand’s last Frigate to be purpose sunk for diving. Sunk almost 5 years ago, she is covered in jewel anemones and sponges. This wreck is massive and well worth diving!Dive the Bay of Islands with the longest running dive charter operation. Paihia Dive has been taking divers under since 1978, and Craig has been diving in the Bay for 25 years. For a true local experience join Paihia Dive for a day diving. Learn to dive with the best! Paihia Dive is a PADI 5 Star Resort. All our dive courses are taught by experienced instructors, and the classes are nice and small. Start your Open Water Course today!

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Awesome Discovery Dive!

A friend and I were talking about going diving during our time in NZ. Neither of us were certified so we were excited to come across Paihia Dive because they offer discovery... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A friend and I were talking about going diving during our time in NZ. Neither of us were certified so we were excited to come across Paihia Dive because they offer discovery dives. The discovery dive includes all the gear you need for diving so you just have to bring yourself! The dive was an all day event - there... More 

Thank alyssamarie105
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very good dive team located in the center of Paihia. The drive up to the Rainbow Warrior was a great way to seem more of the countryside. Highlight - a part for the diving - was having lunch on a island beach that is only accessible at low tide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did the refresh dive today. And afterwards we went a nice little riff. They are a Great crew which helped me to get back into the water after 18 years. They are doing a great job.

1 Thank Benjamin S
Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a nice time diving the Canterbury wreck. Beautiful fish and anemones. You can get a photo of yourself "talking" on the ship's phone. :-) The water is VERY cold, but they provide wet suits and warm drinks when you come aboard. "Red" was a wonderful dive master. The woman marine biologist is not very nice, but just ignore... More 

Thank Kathy D
Charlevoix, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff and the crew are all very professional and laid back. They are also very focused on making sure your well taken care of. The owner of this business is obviously doing something right. Our boat captain powered thru the swells with authority. My rental gear was also of top quality. Thanks for a nice day of diving.

Thank Upnorthtransplant1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Paihia dive is a thoroughly professional group who guides you through the entire snorkeling and scuba diving process , if you are a first timer then they are really helpful, trained ones are allowed to go themselves or with a guide!! A must do in bay of islands, paihia...please pre book your dive...dan was really helpful

Thank Vishesh D
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Discover scuba dive that we did was the most amazing experience of my life. Initially i was really scared to go in water but Adam was really great and calm, which helped me a lot. He boosted my confidence and urged me to not to give up and I am so glad that i dint. I would have missed on... More 

Thank Manasee21
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I wasn't able to find a specialist free-diving company in the Bay of Islands, but after talking with Paihia Dive I went out with them on their snorkeling rate ($120). Despite not specifically catering to free-diving, and being very busy they went out of their way to fully kit me out with gear including long blades, a float and flexible... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We did 2 dives with them. We had to do the Canterbury wreck instead of the rainbow Warrior because of the weather. Little bit disappointed at first but it was very cool that we could actually swim through the Canterbury! The 2nd dive was on a reef. We saw some rays and a cool spikey fish! The surface time was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Really well organised. Good instruction, good equipment. Very pleased all round and far superior to similar in the uk.

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