WAIKAWA DIVE CENTRE

DIVE & SNORKEL THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS OF NEW ZEALAND

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MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

Here's a partial map of the Marlborough Sounds showing Queen Charlotte Sound with some of the main dive sites we go to. To give you some scale, Queen Charlotte Sound is 40 km long. The travel time to the Mikhail Lermontov wreck from our base is about 1.5 hrs depending on sea state. This makes a day trip possible for those without much time in the region. See our events calendar for current dive trips.

Not all of our sites are shown here, but you can see the kind of options available, and we can tailor something for your group depending on what you want to see and your skill level.

Divers must be certified for our dive trips and have been diving currently. Although we take your safety very seriously and are full safety-certified, the ultimate responsibility is an individual one and every diver should have the skills to dive safely on their own, and be ready to help other divers if necessary.

Of course, should you need to brush up on your diving skills, we offer refresher courses and a full range of advanced diving courses. Just head on over to our Learn to Dive page for details.

INNER SOUNDS

There are a number of dive sites within a handy distance of our dive centre which is at Waikawa Marina. A half-day trip would be within this Inner Sounds region. There is still plenty to see, and the map shows all the bays that we can duck into to allow for different weather conditions, making the Sounds a great place to dive. As far as wildlife goes, we regularly see Little Blue Penguins and dolphins and seals in this region, and on occasion even Orca!

OUTER SOUNDS

In the Outer Sounds region, we can visit Long Island Marine Reserve (map on right), some great rocky reefs and if the weather is right, we can venture around Cape Jackson to the Mikhail Lermontov.

The "Lermie" as it's known locally is an all day trip though, so it is a destination in itself, and we would normally plan to have 2 dives there (weather permitting).

There are three other wrecks to visit in the region, The Prince of Wales, suitable for beginners and returning divers, The Rangitoto and the Lastingham. These last two are near Cape Jackson.

There are generally flocks of seabirds out in the Outer Sounds, we often see dolphins and Little Blue Penguins. There is a unique colony of pied Cormorants in the Bay of Many Coves.

NB: For Lermontov dives, we must be able to round Cape Jackson safely, and this will be the decision of the Captain on the day in consultation with the latest marine weather information. There are no buoys to give accurate sea state information, so if on approach it's clear that the sea is too rough we will make the decision to visit alternate dive sites, and consult with divers on their preferred locations.

DIVE TRIP VIDEO

Here's a short video to give you and idea of what our boat Tangaroa is like and the kind of experience you can enjoy out on in the Sounds. Divers here visited the Mikhail Lermontov wreck in Port Gore (at 1:50 min; see map above for the location) and other sites.

DIVE TRIP VIDEO COURTESY OF JAMIE HALL PRODUCTIONS

How to find us:

We're in Waikawa Marina (see map and events page), at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound. Waikawa Bay is 5 mins drive from the small town of Picton in the Marlborough Sounds, top of the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.

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How to find us:

We're in Waikawa Marina (see map and events page), at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound. Waikawa Bay is 5 mins drive from the small town of Picton in the Marlborough Sounds, top of the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.

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© 2016 WDC | Site by: AJH