Paihia Dive


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6 Diving

7 Paihia

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The Coral encrusted bow of the Rainbow Warrior.
The HMNZS Canterbury
Blue Mao Mao schooling
Diver inside the engine room of the Rainbow Warrior.


Paihia Dive is the far north’s premier dive centre and it’s our great pleasure to show you all the wonders of this beautiful part of New Zealand

Discover the underwater wonders of the Bay of Islands with Paihia Dive. Daily dives to the wrecks of The Rainbow Warrior, and HMNZS Canterbury. Explore the amazing caves, arches, and reefs of Cape Brett, and visit The Hole in the Rock.

Paihia Dive is the Bay of Islands longest running dive charter operation (since 1978!). Conveniently located in the heart of
Paihia. We have a highly professional, experienced and friendly crew, which can look after all your diving needs. Never dived before? Then learn to dive with Paihia's only Padi 5 Star Dive Centre. Paihia Dive is also the only full service dive shop in Paihia, so for all your diving needs visit the team at Paihia Dive!

Paihia Dive is fully accredited through New Zealand Underwater Association, Tourism Association of New Zealand, Padi, and OSH compliant Instructors.


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Sophia Staller's avatar

Sophia Staller

Ranking: 10/10

This was my first dive after getting certified and I couldn't have felt better taken care of! The staff at the shop were helpful in fitting me with gear, including setting up my computer. On the way out to Deep Water Cove we had dolphins swimming along the boat. We did two reef dives with a lunch break in between. Clear water and a lot to see. Craig and the rest of the crew on the boat were so friendly and engaging. Definitely a worthwhile day!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

M J's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

Got to try my first diving experience...... which I did not like but the guys on board were really cool about it. I have finally signed up for my open water class. The instructor was really great!! Made me feel comfortable underwater and I like it now!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Paihia Dive responds:

MJ! Your reaction from the first dive was so funny, you really didn't like it!! But you stuck with it and got through your discomfort and did really well on the Open Water Course. We loved how you did this and ended up having such a great time diving :-)

Craig and the team.

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Lauren Thompson

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing! The dive instructors/dive masters knew what they were doing and made us feel comfortable.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Paihia Dive responds:

Hi Lauren,

Glad you had a great time out diving with us! We hope to see you back soon for some more.



Tobi's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Did two dives with them = Canterbury wreck and reef. Good and helpful staff, good rental equipment. Overall a great diving experience.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

Theodorou Konstantina's avatar

Theodorou Konstantina


Ranking: 8/10

Nice staff, friendly, good safety standards and two absolutely beautiful dive spots for beginners.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Kirsty Hofstetter

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I learned to dive with Craig and his team here four years ago and have gone out diving with them periodically over the past four years. They are a great team, well organised who really know the area they are diving in. Each dive location we've gone to, whether it be one of the two fantastic wrecks, or one of the many reef sites around the Bay, Craig and his team have made the day great, showing off the local fish life, taking stunning photos and offering advice to any who needed it. Regardless of the weather, the diving is always fantastic and even in the winter the water is blue and clear. I couldn't recommend them highly enough - if you're up in the Far North, this is the company to dive with.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2015

gutov's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Had an awesome weekend with the guys at Paihia Dive doing my advanced course. All the staff and crew were very friendly and obviously love what they're doing. This goes a long way when they have such a passion for diving and their enthusiasm was instantly transfered to everyone of us that joined them. We visited some amazing sites- including the Rainbow Warrior wreck and the HMNZS Canterbury wreck. The Canterbury, still laying perfectly upright on the sea bed, is seriously a site worth visiting, with plenty of penetrating opportunities to see things like the sonar room and the command room and even a couple of giant washing machines!
Stu, my instructor for the weekend was top notch. Couldn't have asked for better. He was laid back enough in his approach, but everything had to be done correctly and safely. Perfect balance! He's also a very good photographer and, as a photographer myself with hardly any underwater photography experience, he had plenty of tips and was very knowledgeable about the latest gear.
Definitely worth visiting this family run dive shop and experience the sites they have on their doorstep.
Hope to visit again if I'm ever back in the area.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Nicoli Unt

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I spent two days diving with Craig and the team at Paihia Dive. From the moment I walked into the centre I knew this was the place for me.
Day 1 diving on the HMNZS Canterbury and local dive sites. We even went scallop and crayfish hunting.
Day 2 up north to the Rainbow Warrior. A thoroughly pleasant day with lunch on an island.
Definitely two great days diving, and will definitely return next time I'm in Northland.
Thanks Guys!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in September 2014

Paihia Dive responds:

Hi Nicoli,

Cheers for the review mate! It was a pleasure taking you diving, we hope to see you back again soon for some more adventures. Craig.