Learn to dive, freedive or snorkel, enjoy a dive trip, maybe to the Mikhail Lermontov cruise ship wreck, and hire or buy quality dive gear & accessories. We also fill and test dive tanks (standard air and Nitrox available).
We're right on the water at Waikawa Marina - perfect if you arrived by boat. See our map.
See our gallery for photos of our boat Tangaroa and the marine life you’re likely to see in the Marlborough Sounds. While you’re here, view our events calendar, and thanks for visiting us!
Explore the Marlborough Sounds underwater! We offer dive trips of a half or a full day exploring the Sounds.
You will you get both to dive and experience the wildlife of the area, often with native birdsong in the background. The Sounds has many bays to visit, and this allows flexibility to accommodate both your schedule and the weather.
Join us for a friendly, relaxed diving experience. Brush up on your diving skills while visiting a beautiful part of New Zealand.
Short on time? A half-day trip to the Inner Sounds is a very worthwhile way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Several interesting dive sites relatively close to our base, including a couple of wrecks.
Check out our calendar for scheduled dives, or if there are several of you, call and arrange a time to suit you.
If you have more time, you could visit Long Island in the Outer Sounds region, which is a marine reserve.
Although subject to weather conditions, you can see a surprising amount of marine life within just a few metres of the surface, making it suitable for snorkelling as well as diving.
The Mikhail Lermontov cruise ship foundered in 1986, after gashing it's side open from passing through the gap between Cape Jackson and it's lighthouse offshore. Usually this route is only used by small craft as it is shallow and rocky.
While an unfortunate event, it is a wonderful dive site, with plenty of marine life, and many divers return again and again to see more of the ship. As it is located in the Outer Sounds region bordering Cook Strait all trips to the Lermontov are weather-dependent.
For your safety and ours, due to explosion hazards with the possibility of serious traumatic injury or death and extensive damage to property we will no longer be filling "at risk" cylinders involved in historic and recent accidents.
Affected Cylinders are:
Luxfer cylinders marked with special permit marked 6498
Luxfer cylinders marked DOT-3AL with a hydro date before 1989
CIG cylinders marked as AS1777 with a hydro date before 1991
We're in Waikawa Marina, Picton. Picton is in the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Our trips can depart from any location in Queen Charlotte Sound by arrangement.
We're in Waikawa Marina, Picton (see map & events page). Picton is in the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Our trips can depart from any location in Queen Charlotte Sound by arrangement.