Paihia Dive
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Paihia Dive is the best little dive shop in the Bay of Islands and it’s our pleasure to show you all the underwater wonders of this beautiful part of NZ. We offer trips to the spectacular Rainbow Warrior 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 11 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 Dive Centre. All our dive courses are taught by experienced instructors, and the classes are nice and small. Start your Open Water Course today!
Paihia, New Zealand
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3rdasBright
Christchurch, New Zealand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
My husband and I visited Paihia on our honeymoon for the sole purpose of diving for the first time in our home country.

We booked two days, the first to dive the Rainbow Warrior and the second to dive the Canterbury wreck.

We were a bit nervous as we hadn't dived in almost two years and were starting with a deep dive.

It's a tricky industry because the operators are dealing with all ranges of experience and confidence on one boat as well as factors beyond their control - weather, water temp etc. This team nailed it, taking the time to make sure everybody's gear fit and worked well and once in the water that everybody was feeling calm, safe and ok to dive.

We liked that we could be a part of loading and launching the boat - it bonded the group - adding to the kiwi experience and in our opinion, better than standing around having that stuff done for you!

The instructors were vastly experienced and it was fun listening to everybody's dive stories in the surface intervals.

It was an awesome kiwi experience that we look forward to visiting again!
Written January 29, 2021
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mjones186057
Bristol, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I spent a delightful day diving the Canterbury wreck and Putahataha reef with these guys. Equipment is well maintained, the whole team were extremely helpful and friendly before the dive and were awsome during the trip. I have never come across a team that can get you out of your kit, your tank changed and kit stowed away so quickly and professionally. They are definitely a very sleek outfit and I'd recommend them to anyone wishing to dive the Bay of Islands. For a small charge an excellent packed lunch is also provided.
Written March 10, 2020
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jean c
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Boat was full, it could have easily messy with all the gear, but staff and Craig are doing a great job to make everything efficient, with no hassle and waste of time. Attention to detail, staff nice and assertive enough to make everything flowing well and tidy. Safety briefing short with everything but not all the crap you have to go through with some companies. Tourist operator almost all my life in different outdoor activities, it was nice to watch that team working together, knowing what to do, at what time etc .. it was flawless i think. Great leadership boss :)
I ll will be back for sure, i dive for 15 years now and try to avoid diving companies, too much safety, too much talk, often overpriced. I paid $200 ( i needed only tanks) 12 clients, 5 staff on the boat, petrol, boat maintenance, office, and company overhead, short high season, all weather dependant.
Well done, see again later ;)
Written February 19, 2020
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Hi Kayabe, Thanks for taking the time to review your trip out with us. As an adventure tourism operator you do tend to do activities with a critical eye, evaluating how operators do things. So I'm glad we passed! 😁 It was a real pleasure to meet you and I hope to see you back again for some more diving. Cheers, Craig.
Written February 19, 2020
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G and C I
Auckland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Craig & his team were fantastic. My young boys had not been diving since qualifying 12mths ago, but Craig & his team were super patient, heplful and took their time to ensure everyone was ready to have a great experience.

The diving was beautiful, with some fantastic swim-thorughs and even a cave. Marine life was stunning.

Couldn't recommend Paihia Dive highly enough - a great team that really know how to deliver a great customer experience
Written January 27, 2021
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Maddy M
St. Augustine, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Did 2 reef dives with these guys and was blown away by the whole experience. Being on a smaller boat was perfect because I wasn't stuck in a large group (like other local companies do) which made the dives so much better. Manuel was an excellent divemaster and made me feel very safe and well looked after. While underwater, I got to see such a diverse array of marine life and stunning rock formations.

I've done a fair amount of diving while traveling in foreign countries and was really impressed by the way these guys operate. They really care about their divers having a great trip while onboard and underwater. The whole crew was awesome and a joy to go diving with. I highly recommend booking a trip with Paihia Dive!
Written January 30, 2020
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peterjT8179SL
Gennep, The Netherlands5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
Thanks to Craig I was able to explore the Bay of Islands underwater on Wednesday. Hopping on board from the wharf in Russell meant a very comfortable start of the day. Apart from myself there were only 6 other divers on the boat. Even with such a small group Craig had arranged for a 2nd guide to be able to split us up in 2 groups during both dives. Underwater you therefor have the sea to yourself. With a visibility over 20m that means a lot to see ! Just check Craig’s photographs. Magnificent. On board everything is provided for, and the crew was very supportive (thanks Toby). Would gladly do this again.
Written August 13, 2020
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Irina M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
It was my first time diving in Paihia. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. My dive instructors Michael and Manuel were not only super nice but also really helped me out a lot, gave me good advice and made me feel secure. I enjoyed the whole experience and would recommend it to anyone that is interested in diving.
Written January 23, 2020
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Mandeep Singh
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
It was an amazing experience. Paihia dive team was very friendly. They made sure that each diver goes home with a best experience possible.
I recommend these guys if you’re thinking of scuba diving.
Written October 28, 2020
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lisamarieauckland
Glenfield, New Zealand261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Over the last few years I have completed my Open Water, Advanced Open Water and several dive trips with Paihia Dive. Over this time I’ve met multiple different staff members led by Craig and Lisa and they’ve all been awesome. I can’t recommend Paihia Dive enough. I’ve dived in many places around the world and they are without doubt the most professional crew I’ve ever come across. You’ll feel safe and comfortable with them from start to finish. Just completed my fifth dive on the Canterbury Wreck with them and it won’t be the last. Can’t wait to come back and dive again. Kiwi businesses need our support right now, so
If you’ve been thinking of doing a course or taking a dive trip, make it with these guys!
Written January 30, 2021
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Thomas S
Taupo, New Zealand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
You can't plan the weather. Due to a tropical cyclone our original dates didn't work to, but Craig and hist team made changing our itinerary real easy. We had two days on the water, one sunny at Deep Cove diving at the Canterbury Wreck and adjacent reef to complete our requirements for the Advanced Open Water Course. The next day we all helped launching the dive boat in torrential rain to see the Rainbow Warrior Wreck, which was also a pretty unique experience in itself. Despite all the moisture in the air, the sea had good visibility and nice temperature, which contributed to a fantastic dive experience at both the wreck and a close reef.
Craig also shared some amazing photos of us at the wreck dive site, all part of the service. The dive plans to complete our course with detailed briefings before and reviews after the dives, worked really well, thanks to our instructors Sheena and Gene.
All up a really great experience for all of us. The only two things, that would have made it even better is sunshine on the second day and better vis on the first :)
Written January 14, 2023
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