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Address: Paihia 0247, 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
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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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Excellent wreck diving experience.

We dived on the Rainbow Warrior with Dan as a Deep water adventure dive. We had beautiful weather and viz but quite cold water. An excellent version of the story of the Rainbow... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Justin L
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We dived on the Rainbow Warrior with Dan as a Deep water adventure dive. We had beautiful weather and viz but quite cold water. An excellent version of the story of the Rainbow Warrior story started the day and the dive on the wreck topped it. The setup, briefing and execution were friendly and supportive but very professional. You really... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband son completed 2 days of diving, including The Canterbury Wreck and the Rainbow Warrior Wreck. Gorgeous weather, great location, friendly staff. Only thing that could be improved on was if the staff took more photos of the dive to share. We didn't have any photos of The Canterbury but the staff took quite a few photos of the... More 

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Thank christine l
CraigJohnston, Guest Relations Manager at Paihia Dive, responded to this review

Hi Christine, Thank you so much for your review it really helps us as a small shop to get feedback on tripadvisor. I'm so glad your husband and son had a great time with us. With regard to the photos, we have two members of staff that dive with their own personal cameras. They take these along as they enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The guys at Paihia Dive made you feel comfortable and welcome from the get-go. We had two dives with these guys, the first on the Rainbow Warrior Wreck, slightly challenging for me due to being claustrophobic, but Stewart made sure to check on me regularly and make sure I was ok. The Second was on the Teapot Reef, saw some... More 

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CraigJohnston, Guest Relations Manager at Paihia Dive, responded to this review

Hi Kelsey, Thank you so much for your review it really helps us promote our business. I had a great time diving with you both and glad you liked the kingfish! Regards, Stuart More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a great time with Dan and Stewart; I felt safe at all times and I felt that Dan tailored my experience perfectly with my ability and curiosity. I was on an intro dive, but was made to feel my experience was just as important as those who were doing the Canterbury Wreck dive. I loved it so much... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I got to dive with these guys while on holiday in NZ.Being an experienced diver with over 2000 dives worldwide this outfit is definataly in my top ten.They are genuinely friendly and well experienced and professional.My only disappointment was that I only had one day free to dive with them.Hopefully I'l be passing through again sometime.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Pahia Dive team was bery friendly and experienced . Our both boys went for the Wreck dive and the Reef Dive and the whole experience was awesome!

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Thank SanjivfromIndia
Winchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Craig and his team made the three of us welcome from the moment we arrived. They were extremely professional and at the same time went out of their way to ensure we had a memorable day. The wreck dive on HMS Canterbury was one of the highlights of our three week visit to New Zealand.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We picked this dive center for its proximity to our hotel in Paihia. It turned out to be a great choice. There were plenty of helpful staff, (Dan, Stewart, Martin, Victoria and the poor sick but ever so helpful French intern), that even though the dives were busy we always got first class attention. Dan and Stewart were excellent in... More 

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1 Thank SimonAB28
CraigJohnston, Guest Relations Manager at Paihia Dive, responded to this review

Hi Simon, Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. I'm so glad you liked the photos as it can often be the case with peoples own cameras not turning out the way they would like. We look forward to meeting you again for another dive :) Regards, Stu More 

London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This professional and friendly group ensured I had a great day diving. The wreck is easy to dive but exciting with swim throughs and in tact structure as well as good growth and nice fish life. After Great Barrier Reef the cold was a bit of a shock but tea, coffee and milo ( hot chocolate) plus a good packed... More 

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CraigJohnston, Owner at Paihia Dive, responded to this review

Hi Niamh, Thank you so much for your review. It was great having you out on the boat for some Irish banter :) Luckily the water has warmed up a bit more now to 18c, and visibility has improved to 15 plus metres. Cheers, Craig More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an amazing day diving the rainbow warrior and teapot reef, with a little stop for lunch at and island. The dive masters were friendly, informative and fantastic!! Absolutely recommend to all!!

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