Diving in PIcton, NZ


Season was due to start Friday 15/07/16. See the map below for the affected area. Note that this includes ALL of the Marlborough Sounds.

Welcome to the paradise of the Marlborough Sounds and the sole PADI and OutdoorsMark*-authorised dive centre in Waikawa Bay, Picton - a place to learn to dive, free-dive and/or snorkel, experience dive trips to different sounds locations, or hire and buy quality dive gear & accessories. Come & dive Marlborough’s Mikhail Lermontov cruise ship wreck with us. We also fill and test dive tanks (standard air and Nitrox available). Are you are local, certified diver? Then join our friendly dive club. Want to know what the boating weather and tides are like? Or how to secure a berth at the Marina? See our useful links page. We're right on the water at Waikawa Marina - perfect if you arrived by boat. See our map. By the way, the images below are from our dive trips. These are marine organisms you’re likely to see when diving in the Sounds. See our gallery for photos of our boat Tangaroa, high definition shots of Marlborough Sounds marine life and the latest photos from our dive trips (please note all images on this website are copyrighted). Check out PADI eLearning and the latest PADI apps. While you’re here, check out our events calendar, and thanks for visiting us!

Do you want a friendly and personable diving experience? You’ll find it here. Professional staff who care about your comfort? Check. The back-up of a dive centre with full technical support and a boat workshop next door (same owners) with full mechanical support? Check. A sturdy ex-commercial marine farming boat with a cabin to change in and cover from the rain/sun? Check. Hot drinks on tap? Toilet? Check. Check. We invite you to look at our Facebook page (also below) for the excellent feedback we’ve received. We welcome both tourists and locals and would love to show you our marine backyard - the wonderful and unique Marlborough Sounds.

Marlborough Sounds Anemone, Picton NZ


Triplefin fish, Marlborough Sounds, NZ

Variable Triplefin

Wandering anemone, Marlborough Sounds, NZ

Wandering anemone

Nudibranch, Marlborough Sounds NZ

Nudibranch (exposed gills) - Chromodoris aureomarginata (literally “gold-margins”)

Cushion starfish, Picton, Marlborough Sounds, NZ

Cushion starfish. Various colours. Feeds by pushing out it’s stomach through it’s mouth, which doubles up as an anus!

“With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.” Sylvia Earle

Queen Charlotte Sound, from Picton, NZ
  • Waikawa Dive Centre
  • Rear Unit 2 (off Marina Dr.)
  • Waikawa Marina, 7220
  • PO Box 511,
  • Picton 7250 - Call 64 03 573 5939