1/2 hour initiation in the morning. 1 and a 1/2 hour dive in the afternoon. Nice staff, funny, patient. Amazing experience. And we have seen dolphins!
OK, so the weather early this month was indifferent. Yet that doesn't stop Dive North showing you a great time. Owner, instructors, guides and even Mr Mutley (the dog) are incredibly friendly, loyal and helpful. They have an excellent product, the wonderful waters of the Bay of Islands area and two great wrecks, Rainbow Warrior and HMNZS Canterbury. They make these and their surrounding reefs, caves and tunnels into an awesome combination then add superb lunches and freshly cooked pancakes.
Inn Keeper is a first rate boat, perfectly suited to her task, fully equipped with every facility, fast, sturdy and safe. Sites are carefully selected with due deference to weather conditions on-site and for transits. A thoroughly professional organisation to which we returned from the UK four years after our last experience. Confirmed cold-water divers (200 and 1,000 dives), well used to wreck penetration, large tides and the rugged landscapes of Scotland, the Bay of Islands kept us more than satisfied for three days of excellent diving.
Grateful thanks to Dave, Dan, Katie and Billie,
Mike & Mark
My partner and I went diving with Dive North beginning of Nov 2015. We are a couple with qualification level Advanced and Instructor. Our different experience level was no problem at all. We did 3 wreck dives and discovered 3 reef dive sites. Every site had its own unique character and was well chosen for the conditions. We were neither bored or too challenged with a site. Katie is an experienced guide and looked after us well under water as well as on the boat. She spoilt us with yummy pancakes and made sure every need was fulfilled. As we booked for 3 days, Dave, the owner, gave us a great deal including free pictures and lunch. He's the skipper too and prepared our lunches himself. On our way to the dive sites we got some history lessons about the area too which were very interesting. We highly recommend Dive North as the family owned business is looking after each customer as an individual and has years of experience in the area with even their own discovered dive sites. All the dive gear is in very good condition and serviced regularly by Dave. Thanks so much for the unforgettable time, guys!
Very friendly and component staff, nice weather, calm sea, an amazing wreck (HMNZS Canterbury) to do your specialty and fresh pancakes to top off two great days of diving.
What else could you ask for?
Had 2 great days doing my Advanced Open Water with Dan, Katie and Dave. Dan is a knowledgeable instructor who pointed out the right points for me to pay attention to. I always felt safe and relaxed in the water with him by my side. Skipper Dave led us to the nicest diving spots in the area and brought us safely back to shore through the windy conditions.
We did two dives with Dan (Dive master) and Dave (captain). We had a bit of a snafu the morning of the dives and they were both SO accommodating! Our first dive was around a small island and into a cave. Neither of us are 100% used to water this cold (15 degrees this day) so this first, shorter, shallower dive was a great starting point. Our second dive was to an awesome wreck dive called the Canterbury. Dan was awesome to dive with! Showed us all around the wreck and took us through some amazing parts of the ship. We loved it! The ride back was great and they gave us some fun suggestions of things to do in Kerikeri. Overall, it was fantastic!
Had a great time getting my PADI open water with Dive North! I truly hope I have time to go back and do some more diving with them: very nice and good dive instructors Dan and Dave, and Dive North is very helpful and hospitable, for example helping with hostels and making pancakes!
2 great days with Dan and Dave! They are patient and you can learn a lot from them, they make you very comfortable, like a small family!
If you want to hear nice and funny stories or eat delicious pancakes, you are in the right place too!
We dived in two amazing wrecks, the Rainbow Warrior and the Canterbury, it was absolutely fabulous, the fish are not shy at all and you forget very easily how cold the water is in winter time at 30 meter depth!
Thanks a lot Dan and Dave, it was very nice meeting you!
Dive North - Bay of Islands responds:
Hi Johanna, we're so pleased you had a great day! We love sharing the beautiful Bay of Islands with divers and winter is such a great time for water vis (even tho it's a bit chilly!! ;-) Thanks again for diving with us. Sue, Dave and Dan
So I had my very first Dive with Dan and Dave. I didn't know what to expect and was therefore a bit nervous. Despite that I never felt unsafe because Dan always told us what to do next. I especially appreciated his patience in and under the water since it took me some time to get used to the diving. Because of that the first dive was to be honest not that enjoyable as I was focused on the breathing and all the things you have to pay attention to.
That is why I was really surprised how much fun the second dive was. The techniques of the diving were far easier to perform and so I could enjoy the feeling of beeing 10m deep in the water. It was a special experince to feel like beeing weightless and to swim with some fish.
Thanks again to Dan and Dave for all the patience, the photos and not to forget the pancakes (which I ate for the first time the english way)!
Dive North - Bay of Islands responds:
It makes all the difference when you're comfortable with your team when learning to dive and Dan is such an awesome instructor so we knew you'd be in great hands! Well done Felix, you've gained a great skill that you can use all over the world and explore places some people only ever dream of! Thanks, Sue, Dave and Dan
I recently had the pleasure of diving with Dive North out of Kerikeri, New Zealand. I also stayed at the owner's, Dave and Sue, home stay for 2 nights.
We did two dives on the day, and we had excellent conditions for both. First, we dove the HMNZS Canterbury which is a New Zealand Navy Frigate that was sunk for the purpose of creating a dive site at the end of its career. Katie gave an excellent dive briefing on the wreck's history, and what to expect during the dive. We had a small group of divers (6 plus Katie, one of the the Dive North Instructors), The wreck was in good shape, with lots of fish swimmin around. We even penetrated a few of the larger compartments of the ship (helicopter hangar, and middle control room). Visibility was great (about 15-20 m) for temperate diving and the water was comfortable with the 7mm wetsuit that they provided.
The second dive was a bit shallower, with no wreck, but lots of fish. The dive site was called Putahataha, and was close by the Canterbury in Deep Water cove. There were lots of schooling fish, a few moray eels, and some really inquisitive kelp fish that posed for a few great photographs.
From the beginning, Dive North stood out as a top notch operation and I would recommend them to anyone who will be diving in the area. Dave and Sue's home stay is also an excellent accommodation and you will not be disappointed. I showed up looking to sneak in a dive at the end of a business trip, and I left with an excellent experience, a few new friends, and some cool photos. Then only thing that I wish I did different is to have planned for more days off so I could have dove another day or two!
Thanks to Dave and Katie for a awesome dive experience.I hadn't dived for ten years so I was a bit gun shy at first but thanks to Katie - I have the confidence to enjoy diving again. Should I ever venture north again, I would be using Dive North and recommend them to everyone and anyone.
One of the best dive trips I have done to date.
Dove White Reef and the Canterbury. Both were amazing dives, with a fantastic crew. And to top the day off, we were made pancakes on the cruise back in.
I would recommend Dave and his crew to anyone wanting to dive around Paihia
Learning to dive with Dive North was truly amazing! Beautiful spots, colourful fish and not to forget; two dolphins just loved hanging out with us! Dave, Sue, Dan and Katie are such lovely people and Dan is an awesome instructor. I'm looking forward to diving with them again. Highly recommended!
Great experience Doing my PADI Open Water Course with Dive North. Highly recommend, experts in diving but also very friendly and had a great experience.
This is an awesome family run company that really makes you feel welcome and at home on this day trip. The diving is amazing and the Canterbury wreck is certainly one of the best dives I have ever done. I would highly recommend this to everyone. Danny, Travel Agent
We had the most amazing day out with the Dive North Team. We dove the Cantebury wreck and the reef.
Diving the Cantebury was mind blowing experience with Sue taking photos of us through out which was unexpected and we are grateful for.
Between dives Dave made some mean sandwiches to get us through the second dive.
All in all it was a great day with great company, thank you!
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Our time spent with Dave, Sue, Dan, and Katie was a blast.
We chose the homestay package that they offer, so all we had to do was drive up from Auckland after work on Friday and head to their shop in Kerikeri. They were super flexible with our arrival time and made us feel at home from the second we walked in the door and started playing tug-of-war with Mutley (their dog).
Each morning we woke up to a great breakfast and trekked to the dive shop (50 meters away) and hopped in the car with them down to the marina.
We enjoyed a great tour out to the dive sites with some local history of the islands, and then the real fun began. We experienced wall diving, wreck deep diving, and had flexibility in picking what we were most interested in. Got the opportunity to dive for scallops and also saw plenty of rays and kingies and eels.
The dive guides were very experienced and knowledgeable, catering the dives to match with our experience level and to maximize the amount of dive time. They served hot drinks after each dive and had hot water showers available on the boat for our use. If you are interested in having lunch supplied, for a small fee they will give you a sandwich with some chips and fruit, followed by some kind of dessert (like freshly made pancakes!)
They are open, trustworthy, and competitively priced with any other operators in the area, and we highly recommend Dive North to anyone who is interested in diving in the Bay of Islands.
Jon & Brynnan
Dan and Dave were fantastic - friendly, helpful, skilled and experienced. I completed my PADI advanced open water course with them, and had a wonderful time. I am an inexperienced diver, and Dan made me feel very comfortable with my skills and with the dive environment there. I had an incredible time diving with them and look forward to going back in the future.
I have had a great time making my open water course at dive north. I have seen a lot of fish already at the beginning in the shallow bay where I trained the technics and later on as well. Good view under water at all dives. Felt pretty comfortable with my diving instructor Katie. She was very calm and patient at all times. It was also a lot of fun with the rest of the team. Good food and drinks...
Thanks to Katie and the team. I have had a lot of fun despite the mask clearing :)
Had a fantastic day with David and Kate diving the HMNZ Canterbury.
One of the best dives I have ever experienced on a great boat with great people!!
Thanks for a wonderful day.........
The service, instruction and overall experience with Dive North was outstanding in practically all facets, so rather than detail the two days we spent with them in detail I will cover off my highlights:
1. The calm, professional and courteous instruction we received. Our instructor Dan introduced himself to us immediately and from that point on ensured we knew exactly what was happening next and what would be expected from us - both on and off the water. His patience when individuals struggled with skills was commendable and he ensured we felt comfortable and safe throughout.
2. The friendly, open nature of the crew. Each member of crew introduced themselves to us and made us feel comfortable and welcomed. From the constant cups of coffee and the detail on a number of islands in the way out, they were what made the two days so much fun. The diving will take me back to the Bay of Islands, the crew will take me back to Dive North.
3. The professionalism and service of Dave and Sue, the owners. From the first email enquiries they were both informative and patient, and promptly answered questions and provided advice on future diving options.
We had a fantastic time, and look forward to visiting them again.
I had an amazing time learning to dive with Dive North. My instructors Sarah and Dan were both fun and entertaining as well as professional. Sarah had me laughing on top of the water as well as under the water, she is a real gem if you ever get the chance to meet her. Dave and Sue made me feel welcome and exceeded my expectations by far. Dave and Sarah really made my last day special and went above and beyond what was expected (thank you!). Sue is also one of the sweetest people you will ever meet! The staff were so helpful and friendly; they go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable on your dives (Katie, Eva, Ash, Sarah, Dan). I hope to go back someday not only to dive but to visit all the wonderful people we met. They also have one of the sweetest and most hilarious dogs I have ever met. His name is Muttley. Although he doesn't come out to dive, he is a treat at the dive shop. I would highly recommend choosing Dive North whether its for training or not as they are spectacular and you will not be disappointed. They make sure you feel safe and confident to dive and have your best interests at heart. Thanks again Dive North!
I don't know anything dive north can do better than they did; thank you for 4 magic dives👍👍👍
I started my Open Water course at Dive North with Sarah (my very best teacher EVER) as my instructor. Everyone in the team is so nice and from the first day on you feel like you are on a family trip rather than on a paid dive experience. And even if someone is not your instructor and has other things to do, they are all very happy to help you with any problem or question you might have.
Therefore, I decided to take the Advanced Open Water course straight away afterwards. Among others, the best experience was the HMNZ Canterbury wreck, which is an absolutely fantastic place to dive. Guided by Dave or other crew members, the dive is tailored to your level of experience and desire - you can stay outside and make a tour on the deck or penetrate far into the dark interior.
Excellent instructors and guides, brand-new equipment, flexibility in your dives, new friends, fresh self-made pancakes and lemon cake on the boat, hot drinks before and after every dive - those are just a few of the services you are offered at Dive North.
Within my two courses Dive North has given me a solid confidence and the feeling that I know what I am doing under water. They make sure that you have the skills necessary for being a very good diver, not just a certified one.
Diving the HMNZ Canterbury wreck and Putahataha with Dave was a great experience. Sue picked me up from Paihia and instantly made me feel welcome, as did the rest of the team at the shop. A great day on a great boat with lovely people and diving, I have and would recommend Dive North to anyone.
Started my open water course with the team at dive north and decided I would like to join so I am continuing to my dive instructors with them.
Dan is a great instructor very easy to get along with and Dave is a great skipper/the boss very knowledgable and a great instructor also.
Last but not least Sue is great in the shop very easy to talk to and organise things and also makes a mean lemon cake for the boat.
Great day on Canterbury and reef.Dave excellent skipper and showed us all the sights on the way out. Dan is great dive leader. Sue very helpful and even helped us to organise diving in Poor Knights. Dive shop well equipped and very professional. Nice gear. One of my best diving days.
Thanks to Dave, Sue & Dan. Your hospitality & outstanding pancake making capabilities make for an excellent ocean adventure. Dan, also makes not a bad cup of joe.
Seriously, Dave made sure we got the most out of each and every dive. His local knowledge was excellent and nothing seemed too much trouble.
Only boat I've been on where on completing a dive you're helped on board, offered a hot drink and are given access to a hot shower. Outstanding.
I first found Dive North over Christmas when I did my Advance Open Water course with them. I have since been back over the Easter break to complete a few more specialty certification. They are well suited to handle all levels of divers and have the right gear/equipment to make your diving experience amazing. They are keen to get you a warm drink as soon as you are out of the water and have plenty of room on the boat for you to move around. The highlight of my last trip was the pancakes they cooked up on the way out in the morning. Being Canadian, I was quite impressed they had real Canadian maple syrup.
No need to look at other shops, book with Dive North!
Charli & Ben
We had such a fantastic experience with the team at Dive North. While the wreck of the HMNZS Canterbury provided a highlight of our dive career, Sue, Dave, Tom & Dan made the experience what it was - serving yummy pancakes and a delicious lunch on board and ensuring our dives went without issue. We highly recommend diving with Dive North when you visit the Bay of Islands. Thanks for a great day!
Thanks Sue and Dave - a great experience from all perspectives. Your hospitality was fantastic and hard to top. Our room has been great and the breakfast very good. We really appreciated all the efforts you put into making the diving a pleasant experience. The new boat is very comfortable with plenty of space. Dave did everything to get us to the best dive sites including an early morning start.It felt like coming home and we will definitely see you again soon.
We found this dive trip to be very professionally managed. The staff were happy and extremely helpful. They went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable. We appreciated the super thick wetsuits which we didn't know we needed and they didn't charge us to borrow. I would only say that the lunch could be better ie.a piece of lettuce on burger? And organisation in the morning could be better as we could have been sleeping instead of waiting there over an hour. Perhaps meet people at the boat? All in all a great day. Dolphins were a lucky bonus too.
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Had a wonderful time diving with Dave and his crew at the Cavalli Islands. We were lucky enough to dive on the Rainbow Warrior and HMNZS Canterbury. The instructors were very professional and the equipment provided was all top class. Sue does a lovely packed lunch and the lemon drizzle cake is not to be missed.. I'll be back
We recommend the Dive North as the best. We had a lot of fun during our Open water Padi course with the Dive North Crew and also with other experienced divers on the boat trips. If you want a really good guided tour in the bay of island or looking for a comfortable and very familiar accommodation ask Sue and Dave (Noth Dive). They fulfill one`s dreams. They allways in a good mood and we appreciate our instructors Kait,Tom and Silke. Thank you so much, it was a great experience for us.
Diving the Canterbury was the best dive I ever did!
The dive crew was awesome. And we even spent two nights with our campervan in Sue & Dave's garden, could use their kitchen and living room... what a fantastic welcome.
I definitely recommend diving with Dive North!
It was a real pleasure to dive with dave and the gang. had a great time, enjoyed the dive the lunch and the company.
Such a great day with Dive North's crew ! We had a wonderful time with Sue, Dave, Tom and Kaitlin diving on the Rainbow Warrior and a fantastic reef. Thank you so much for everything !
I had a great weekend up at Dive North, completed the PADI Wreck Diver speciality course and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Dave and Sue were such wonderful hosts, welcoming us into their home and making sure that we had a comfortable, fun and safe time. The diving facilities and staff were excellent, dive sites were perfect - Rainbow Warrior, Neptune's Garden and the HMNZS Canterbury. I'd thoroughly recommend Dive North and will be sure to visit them again for some more superb diving next time I'm in New Zealand.
I did my Open Water dive Course at Dive North on the Bay of Islands together with my boyfriend and we couldn’t have chosen a better place to learn scuba diving.
Dave gave us a very warm welcome in Kerikeri and I felt more like a friend than one of New Zealands thousands tourists. The crew was very professional and the gear pretty new and well maintained.
Finally under the water it didn’t take me long to learn all the skills and to feel comfortable and safe under Marc’s, our dive instructors, surveillance. I was amazed by diving and being under the water. Apparently we had so much fun that my boyfriend and I made the Advance Open Water Dive straight after the first course. We got to see so many of the great dive sites in the Bay of Islands. Especially there is to mention the MS Canterbury.
Dave and his crew put so much effort and passion in introducing us to the underwater world. They really care about you and your diving experience.
These days in Kerikeri are under the top three experiences in my travels and I was travelling for ten and a half month. Thanks Dave, for giving us such a great time!
I spent two days diving with Dive North and they were simply outstanding.
As an instructor myself I have dived with several dive operations around the world and expect high standards, professionalism and fun. Dave and Mark not only managed to provide these key attributes of a dive operation but they did it with ease and offered so much more. Quite simply they are the best dive operation I have dived with and my two days there were an absolute pleasure. The two of them provide knowledge, fun, great dives and could not have done more to look after me.
Despite being the only diver booked in for diving (mid week in winter) Dave was quite happy to run the trip. Most dive operations require a minimum number of divers to take the boat out and to my mind this is one of the many reasons that Dive North stands out from the rest. They treat you as an individual and put you, the diver, at the center of the operation. Businesses all over the world (both within the dive industry and outside) could learn a thing or two about customer service from these guys! I dived both the Rainbow Warrior and the Canterbury (personally I preferred the Canterbury) as well as two other dive sites. The four dives were all interesting and fun. Dave and Mark ensured that they chose dive sites that would appeal to me. They even managed to order me in some dolphins and a seal.
My only down point is that I am now back in the UK and cannot dive more regularly with Dive North. But I will most certainly be heading straight to them on my next trip to NZ! Thank you both to Dave and Mark for a wonderful couple of days diving.
I've learned Scuba Diving here and was so amazed, that i decided to do my Advanced Diver as well. They've got well-maintained Equipment, pretty new if you ask me and both Instructors i was diving with, were absolutely trustfull and confident. I had two awesome dives at the MS Canterbury and two at Deep Water Cove during my Advanced Diver Course.
All this i did together with my girlfriend. And we're both absolutely happy and confident that we've choosen the right dive school.
Thank you for this awesome time and for the amazing experience i had!
Good on you!
Had an awesome time diving with Dive North and with Dave and Mark. Highly recommend! It was awesome being able to dive both the Rainbow Warrior and the HMS Canterbury as well as other areas around the Bay of Island. Both Dave and Sue were great and we all enjoyed staying with them at their B&B. In a nutshell... a fantastic trip! Would do it again!
I had the best experience with Dive North. I booked the dive without knowing exactly what i was paying for, but i was more than positivly surprised with the experience. The dive and the staff were absolutly great. Dave and Sue, and the two other instructors were very friendly and Helpful. I have only done 12 dives, so it was really nice and comforting knowing that they took extra care of me. The water visibility was very good, and The marine life was fantastic. I can only recommend this dive company - you wont regret it
Went up to Bay of Islands to do my Advanced Open Water course and decided to go with Dive north because of the great reviews I saw. It was also convenient for me to use the accomodation option they provide and I really had a great overall experience! The diving and the course was amazing, I got a lot of help and never felt stupid even though I am quite inexperienced. They were also very hospitable and service minded and picked me up and dropped me off at various places wich was greatly apprecciated. Can't wait to go back and dive the rainbow warrior next time :)
I wanted to complete my Advanced dive certficate. Dave, Sue & Jodie make that happen in a very welcoming manner. Great service. We dived on the Canterbury wreck, and the guided tour about the passing islands added to the great experience. Hope to dive the Rainbow Warrior next summer with you guys.
My brother Peter and I dove our brains out on my recent trip to New Zealand and the highlight was diving with Dave and Kate and coordinating with Sue at the shop. First off, their shop is a clean, well-stocked, first class operation. Sue is a joy and coordinated with me from the States and even helped me confirm further diving with another shop for White Island.
Besides the excellent diving, camaraderie, and professional atmosphere, I can't fail to note that even though the conditions for diving on the Rainbow Warrior early on weren't the best, later in the week when they did improve Dave and Sue went out of their way to make sure we were able to make that dive. They showed us a lot of care and attention that went beyond the normal dive operation and I will treasure my experience with them!
We dove both the Rainbow Warrior with Dive North, best dive operation in NZ. Small, only 4 or 5 divers, great service, reasonable price. They really take care of you, even rinsed and packed our gear for us. Best of all, great dive sites, after the Warrier dive, got a couple of crays for dinner on a reef..
Dive North is a truly fantastic, family owned, company. The Bay of Islands is a wonderful location and Dave and Sue are keen to make sure everyone knows is! They're attentive nature shines during dives and at home if you choose the B&B option. Dave will tailor dives to your interest, experience, and the day-to-day conditions to ensure you have the ultimate dive. I can't say enough for Dive North; I highly recommend them beyond a doubt!
Went on the 3 Day Dive with Dive North and had a great outing. Both Sue and Dave are very accommodating and have a great deal of the area when it comes to diving. For anyone looking to dive in the Bay of Islands this is the group to go with.
Fantastic and amazing diving, Sue and Dave run a truly great experience, this was our second stay with them and we'll be going again.
Again fantastic trip diving and staying with Dive North. What can I say but superb over all experience.
best diving best service and great lunch what more could one want!
Excellent dive experience with congenial and highly qualified dive master. Equipment provided was top grade. Outstanding dive site as well.
my best dive day with dive north
simply two perefect dive days.
dive north ask me for mine likins at diving, and they transform that perfect.
they give me many informations about diving, history and current for the area.
a very friendly, helpful and competent crew and a great guiding.
very good, like new, material.
the two wrack´s, the tunnel and the cave, just unbelievable. the shark was a great extra ;-)
many thanks to the dive north crew
bernd ( bob )
These guys have been fantastic! Got to dive the Canterbury Wreck and it was AMAZING. The staff were great with communication, friendliness, and professionalism. Best wreck dive for me ever! I would definately recommend them amongst my other dive buddies
I stumbled across Dive North when another company let me down the day before I was due to start a course with them. Having called around with little hope that I would be able to get on another course being as it was the run up to xmas, I spoke to Dave at Dive North who was only happy to help!
To my absolute delight, I then spent the majority of the week with Dave and the rest of the Dive North team who saw me through not one but three courses, EFR, Rescue Diver and O2 Provider.
The whole experience was very professional, the diving was fabulous with the added bonus of seeing dolphins, and the training was of a standard that is of the highest I have experienced in my diving career so far.
100% recommended to all!
Dive North make it their mission to make your diving holiday the most enjoyable and great experience. From the minute you arrive to the moment you leave you are looked after brilliantly, above and below the water. The "Lady Rose" is a stable and well set up dive boat that gets you to the dive sites in comfort. The best day boat diving in NZ and well worth driving an extra 45mins past the Tutukaka turn off if contemplating a weekend dive trip from Auckland.
Excellent dive locations ( Rainbow Warrior & Neptune's garden), best boat ever, great team & service. Could not wish for anything more.
FANTASTIC! Im not usually one to dish out a 10 out of 10 but i find it very hard to fault them, having just got back from another fabulous trip with this company. In June I did my advanced course, it included 5 dives over 2 days this was split due to weather but they were very flexible and happy to change our dates so we could still dive the rainbow warrior as part of our course. The dive sites they took us to were extraordinary, they were very informative about the local history pointing out different things. We got to see dolphins playing in our wake! Good pre dive briefs, the boat they use is comfortable and has enough room to get organized and has a good set up for easy entry to the water. I hired gear which was of good quality and had no problems with it. They provided lunch for a small extra charge which was yummy in between dives. There was always a hot cuppa available once you were out of the water. They took underwater cameras with us on a couple of the dives and provided us with some great shots of our adventures. On my trip yesterday we were preparing for a dive when we saw half a dozen orcas playing in the bay not too far from us so we up anchored and went and watched them while we had our morning tea, such an amazing treat. I did two dives yesterday the second of which was the most comfortable i have ever been in the water, this was thanks to the tips and training i received from the instructors, little things that made a huge difference. Dive north are also good when it comes to communications and planning. Always reply promptly to emails and provided all the information we needed when trying to book our course. Prices are competitive and they have some gear for sale, i bought a bag from them and it was a great price. Overall they are lovely friendly people who i would recommend to anyone from beginner to expert, they are the sort of people where nothing is a problem and will do what they can to make sure you have a great diving experience.
Pretty easy review. Great team, great ambience, great experience. They welcomes and treats you like you are good friends. Thanks Lee, Dave and Sue for a great time!
I was very fortunate to dive with a professional company such as DIVE NORTH. It was my first opportunity in over a year to scuba dive. I was slightly apprehensive as never done any diving in a cooler climate and I'm always a little nervous after a break. Dave and his team were very friendly. They were very helpful with getting all the equipment ready on the boat while the divers all got to introduce theselves. I was welcomed instantly and knew it was going to be a great day.
The journey out to sea was beautiful - we had commentery on local history and found it very interesting being from overseas. The boat was sufficient in size and comfortable for 6 people excluding Dave and his Instructors/Dive Masters.
First Dive - Cathedral Cave - I was a lucky lady to get to dive this! Quite nervous and in shock with the cold water, I slowly adjusted. My Instructor always made sure I was ok. You have to trust your Instructor and I found it easy to communicate with them in and out of the water which was a bonus. We saw many Large Sing Rays and experienced going into the cave. A bit scary but so worth it! Felt amazing to have experienced that.
Second Dive - The Canterbury Wreck - This dive was AWESOME!!! Impressive wreck, fairly new and put there for our enjoyment! Was fun because our instructor had a camera and we had some classic pics with the wreck. Thoroughly enjoyed.
I have kept in touch with Dive North and am looking forward to diving with them again in a few weeks time. I will then dive The Rainbow Warrior!! This is value for money with a proffessional team looking after us at all times. It really did put me an ease. I would advise anyone to go diving at The Bay of Islands...so beautiful up North!
A great day out - pick up (7.30am ish) provided within the area depending on dive site. Bring the usual stuff for diving. Drop off around 4.30pm. We even saw dolphins on our way back to land :0)
Thank you DIVE NORTH!! Will be blowing bubbles with you soon x
For the discerning diver, Dive North is the place to go. We spent 3 days with Dive North in February 2012 during which we dove 2 wrecks and took a course.
We found Dive North to be very knowledgeable, professional and thorough. The personal attention we received made the 3 days an outstanding diving experience and lots of fun. Unforgettable!
Etienne and Stephanie
Dive North offer an individualised service, tailoring their trips to your needs and desires. I was lucky enough to be able to do 2 dives on the Canterbury, both of which were professionally guided by Lee one of Dive North's qualified PADI instructors. Our group size was small, the very experienced (and well practised) divers on the boat were given the option of diving in their own buddy groups. The hire gear was very reliable and Dave was prepared with some spare gear which saved the day for some on the boat whose own gear was not as well maintained.
The ride out to the dive site on "Lady Rose" was very comfortable despite the lumpy seas and we were all still dry when we got to our destination thanks to the canopies. An important one for the girls - Lady Rose comes complete with a head (toilet) which takes the worry out of your day, no need to pack the "she wee" !!
The diving was amazing, we chose to do our 2nd dive on the Canterbury too instead of a reef dive so managed to see most of the wreck (and did some penetration yeay). Oh and did I mention that we saw orca . . . . .
Thanks Dive North :)
What a fantastic team, was recommend to me by the hotel i stayed in and was tolled they were the best in the area and he was right.
Gave them a call and spoke to Sue about diving the "Rainbow Warrior" to find out that it was down at 26 meters and that I need my advance PADI that i decided to do as i only had and open water. With in an hour Dave and Lukasz was down to meet me in Pahia to hand me over the advance dive manuel for some night reading. The pick up the on both morning were bang on time and from my hotel which made it nice and easy for me. On the first day we had 2 dive the first was in the morning where we had the pleasure of a couple of seals jumping in to play with us and i think that must have be the highlight until the afternoon and it being the "Canterbury" and what a beautiful wreck.
The next day was the turn of the "Rainbow Warrior" with Lee and again what beauty. The weather wasn't the best that day but when you are down there you completely forget about it.
During my 2 days with dive north i made 5 dives all very different from one and other, complete my advance PADI and had a load of fun with 3 other divers and great team.
Thanks for the warm drink after each dive and the sandwiches for lunch
Wish you loads of succes and maybe i'll be that side of the world again some day for some more great dives.
I am an experienced diver and was very impressed with the care and attention to detail during the trips I joined with Dive North. I have dived in many places around the world including the English riviera!! The Outer Barrier Reef and Phi Phi in Thailand. Diving in the reefs and wrecks of the Bay of Islands was a must for me and I am so pleased I didn't pass through without a few dives. The two wrecks are great dives and the reefs have appeal too (especially for the range and amount of fish). The history of the Rainbow Warrior made this dive a moving experience and the Cantabury's sheer size and the amount of life on there meant diving it once wouldn't have been enough to see even half of the ship (so I had to do more!). My most memorable dive so far was actually on the reefs nearby the Cantabury where we saw heaps of sting rays and a huge school of kingfish that circled around us for a good few minutes. Dave and the team onboard made sure everyone on the trips were comfortable and happy with the dives and everyone onboard had a great time. I will definatly return to dive with Dive North again!
I spent 3 fantastic days doing my open water training with Dive North. This was 1 day in the pool and 2 days on the boat doing 4 open water dives. I was a bit nervous about the dives in the open water at first but the instructor was excellent and instilled a sense of confidence and calm which meant that very quickly I felt really at home underwater. We dived a number of reefs around the wreck of the HMS Canterbury and saw loads of really interesting fish and rays as well as lots of other stuff and even saw a big school of dolphins (from the boat that is!)
Everyone was very friendly and there was a good atmosphere on the boat helped by the fact that there were other backpackers diving and Dave and Sue had let us all park our vans on there land.
Really good fun - now I want to go back to dive on the Canterbury!!!
Having never dived before i turned up in the bay of islands a little nervous of what to expect. i needn't have worried! not only did i do both my open water and advanced open water courses through dive north i also stayed with Dave and Sue themselves who are truthfully some of the nicest people i have met! i was made to feel incredibly at home!
i was provided with excellent equipment, and the knowledge of Dave himself and my instructor lee was top notch, i am very confident that i have been well trained and i happy to take on diving around the world! (but i think its going to be hard to beat new zealand! diving both the rainbow warrior and the Canterbury!!)
i would 110% recommend everyone to dive with dive north on the bay of islands and have already started sending people that way it is an amazing experience and you wont regret the decision at all!! i cant wait to go back!! one day i hope!!
thank you so much dave, sue and lee i had an incredible experience!!
Excellent operator , great hospitality.
Dave and Sue ensured I had a personal and professional experience when I undertook a boating course and some diving with them recently. As my instructor for a Master of a Small Commercial Dive Boat course Dave was superb in how he guided me through the programme. I also had the opportunity to dive on the Canterbury and see some of the other sights at Deep Water Cover. Sue and Dave's bed and breakfast was both hospitable and conveniently located to Kerikeri. A big 10 out of 10 from me and will revisit again soon.
Great Diving Experience.
The crew made me feel real comfortable, and were a great group of people.
Diving the Rainbow Warrior was fantastic as well, which is what its all about.
Overall, 2 thumbs up!
It’s a challenge to plan your NZ diving from the other side of the world, but Sue made it simple, with great communication, helpful advice and by staying in touch during my travels; I could even have parked up my campervan at Sue & Dave’s house. Once in NZ, I was treated to two great wreck dives, including a personal guided tour of the Canterbury by Dave, and much better vis than my usual UK diving offers. The second dives were nice scenic ones as well. Add on the friendly dive team, Dave’s knowledge of the region and his passion for diving and you get a professional, yet relaxed, day out that caters for your own level of qualification. The whole experience was fantastic and very worthwhile, and Sue followed up sending me pictures of our dives. You may dive other sites in New Zealand, but make sure you dive The Rainbow Warrior & HMNZS Canterbury with Sue & Dave and the team at Dive North.
Well what can I say that hasn't already been said in the other reviews posted - read them.
If you're looking for a professional approach to diving and your safety, unparalleled customer service from initial enquiry to dropping you home after an amazing dive adventure, the full dive service (even to taking off your fins for you to climb aboard - I personally appreciated that), enthusiasm and knowledge of the dives sites, locale and history, and of course awesome dive sites, then this team offers it all. I did my PADI Advance Course and was very happy to have undergone this with Dave and his team, and Sue's lemon cake is sooo good. All in all Dive North is a perfect package, just like New Zealand.
I want to thank you the "Dive North Team" for an awesome day and dive at the Rainbow Warrior and the Bay of Islands.
Top dive gear and really good dive spots.
The whole crew is not only professional, but also really friendly and supporting, so that you can enjoy your day without any worries!
Keep at it!
Some day I will come back for the Canterburry.
We came to daves house and felt so welcomed within the first few minutes of arrival. We dived the Rainbow warrior and The Canterbury which are awesome dives, and made even better by Dave giving us insight to both wrecks and local history in the bay of islands. "Gillwalsh" is very much spot on when he says you feel like part of the family. Daves wife had made us banana cake, and sent us pictures from the dive for free within 2 days. Highly recommended, sad thing there are not more companies like Dive North!
I had such an incredible week with Dave & Sue, they made me feel so at ease and were very supportive during my PADI Openwater & Deep Adventure dive training. I really did feel like part of the family by the time I left. Sue downloaded all the pics and videos they took for me which was incredible & Dave was a wealth of local knowledge & a brilliant instructor who took me on some breathtaking dives. I can't recommend them highly enough...Thanks guys x
I had the best day of my whole NZ trip thanks to these guys. Dave's excellent knowledge of the local sites means that I would feel confident that on any day he could pick the best possible places to dive for all skill levels and not mind a bit of extra effort to get you there. Their commitment to the quality of customer experience is inspirational.
If you appreciate value for money, quality over quantity, and no BS professionalism then get to the Bay of Islands and call Dave or Sue for all of the above. I wish I could have stayed longer. Thanks alot guys! I hope to see you at Oceanworld some day so i can repay the favor.
Love your work. Kris
Dive North was an exceptional dive experience! I've dived with enough operators to appreciate what Dive North offered: professionalism, safety, and fun, all in one! Dave went the extra mile in making sure that my experience was completely enjoyable. 19 degrees can be cold, but not if your dive operator gives you the right gear to stay warm...and Dave did. Definitely Dive North if you are in Northland, it is a FANTASTIC experience in every way: wrecks, reef, even gettting to and from the dive sites.
Just received the fotos of my first dive experience at the bay of island. It was amazing! Dave, Sue and Nico care for you and they teach you diving in a fun and safe way. I have to come back for or after my adventure diving course to see the wrecks. Needless to say with Dive North...
It was one of my best experience at NZ! So see you soon at the bay of island!!!
The reviews I have read are spot on - I contacted at least a dozen dive companies in NZ before I choose who i wished to do my advanced course with and I choose the best. Very polite, helpful, excellant standard of training which is what you need when diving and most of all a fun and enjoyable few days which is what it diving should be. I hope Dave and Sue go from strength to strength with the business good luck guys !!
(Sorry for my English)
Have you ever dave with your best friends ? Just do it with Dive North !
When does start this amazing experience ? When you call to book the dive : a warm welcome by a "guy" called Dave "the Diver" with a Bristish accent.The "D" days, 2 other nice guys are with him, just to be sure that you really enjoy everything.
Dave "the Diver" adapts the dives according to your level and your expectations... and BOOM ! Here is one of your best memories in New Zealand ! Rainbow Warrior, Bay of Islands, Canterburry, Tunnels, caves, stingrays, fishes, hole in the rock, sun, free photos of your dives, smiles...
Can this experience be better ? Unfortunatly, yes. Dave, please next time bring some fruit juices (mango & guava are my favourite). :-)
Bloody awesome !
MichL, a French Lady
Dive trips that don't run on time are a big annoyance for me so it was great to be picked up on time which set the tone for the whole day. The diving was fantastic with great viz and the wrecks were amazing. The Rainbow Warrior was the highlight for me with no current, fish for africa and thousands of jewel anemones. Dave was very safe, very professional and very knowledgeable about the sites and the local area. As a bonus, as well as being able to store my gear until the end of my trip north, when I picked it up it was clean and dry. Service above and beyond!
Brilliant! I couldn't have had a better diving experience, Dave, Sue and Richie are fantastic! Really helpful, proffessional and knowledgeable. I will definitely dive with Dive North whenever I am in the Bay of Islands. I had a brilliant time diving the Rainbow Warrior and the Canterbury! and learnt some great skills when doing my Open Water and Advanced. They don't just get you through the course- they ensure you know all the appropriate skills and knowledge to enable you to progress with ease to the next level, not to mention its FUN! I had a great time!!
Nick- from England
Great company and very helpful when I had problems with my ears!
I joined Dive North for their Diver's Big Day out in the Bay of Islands and it was great. Sue picked us up and dropped us off at our accommodation in Paihia was very convenient. My girlfriend who is a non diver came along on the boat and had a great time, with a bit of sightseeing and relaxing, and Dave and Ritchie made her feel very welcome on the boat when I was underwater. The dives themselves were amazing, I preferred penetrating The Canturbury to doing the Rainbow Warrior but both are definitely must-do when you are in the Bay of Islands. Between dives we went to the Hole in the Rock and actually were able to go into a little cave inside it and then went through the big hole, whick was an amazing experience, something you can't do on the bigger tour boats. BBQ lunch in the secluded bay was very tasty and filling as well! Thanks for a great day guys and for the photos you sent me!
As a follow up, Sue has gone out of her way to send me some videos of the day as well, much appreciated! Thanks again.
i had a great time diving with dive north and can highly recommend them to dive with/get trained by , they are very friendly and professional . hi dave n sue thanks for a excellent time diving . i had been wanting to dive the rainbow warrior for years , i will be back over in a couple of years and will pop in for some more diving with you , hope you are all keeping well, ps we loved the pictures of mr mutleys birthday thanks for a great time lloyd
I had a great day diving with Dive North. What impressed me most was the personal service from Dave and Sue, which started from the moment I sent the enquiry email and Dave picked me up from my hotel. The rental equipment was all new and in great condition.
I nearly didn't end up going as the weather had prevented diving the day before but Dave thought on his feet and we drove up the coast to minimise our ride out, so very grateful for that or I'd have missed the fabulous rainbow warrior. It's a great dive due to the shocking story that led to it's resting home in northland and pretty intact so possible to get right around it and get a good feel for what it looked like in it's prime.
I've dived with many operators all over the world but this was the first time the host has taken a camera down and taken pictures which was great - the pictures are a brilliant souvenir and I'm chuffed to bits with them.
The lunch was simple yet tasty and coming out of the mild water to a cup of tea or milo was great (the roll was so tasty i could've eaten two!)
I thought at first that the price was a bit high but when you consider the service you get from start to finish (Dave even offered to review any purchases of equipment I was looking at which is above and beyond the call of duty) it's complete VFM.
I will be returning to dive with Sue and Dave as soon as I get back to NZ. Thanks Dive North
We showed up at the Bay of Islands with just enough time to make our open water course, that is of course if someone would get it started on a Sunday, with barely any warning from our part. And when we had almost but lost all hope, we met Sue, Dave and Richie, and surely enough they went through all the hustle just to get us into the water right away. Really great time, great people, and for two complete newbies we felt really comfortable, and in good hands at every single step of the course.
I would recommend Dive North without any doubt. If you are getting started just like we are, don't think it twice and find them.
Great experience, nice people and with out a doubt beatiful diving, so i can tell i have no regret what so ever taking my open water dive course with dive north.
Dave, Sue and the team are an extremely professional and very competent diving operation. They organised an amazing day out for us diving the Rainbow Warrior and then even found us a spot to catch cray fish for our dinner! The boat is a very good, seaworthy and well equipped vessel and ideally suited to diving as she is is very spacious and has a great sun shade. We had a lovely BBQ onboard for lunch and the ride out and back was comfortable. We even have photos and a video of our diving. Our dive skills are varied and Dave was able to accommodate us all and help us to advance our skills as part of an advanced course, the deep dive. The provided equipment was above normal school standard. Dave has obviously got a lot of diving experience and it shows. All in all highly recommend Dive North as a must for the serious diver looking for a little bit extra. Thank you.
Great days diving with Dave and the crew. We enjoyed a fantastic wreck dive on the HMNZS Canterbury in the morning followed by a more relaxed scenic dive in the afternoon. The beech barbecue was great! I can thoroughly recommend Dive North.
Keith Bichan Orkney.
A great day diving the Rainbow Warrior. Dave and crew were above and beyond the call of duty. Top quality and professional all around. Couldn't do it better. Thanks for a memorable day. Ross Williams Ex 2nd mate Rainbow Warrior I
Small, but professional company based in lovely Kerikeri. I felt very safe in the hands of Dave and Richie. They have a good sense of humor and that made the whole experience very relaxed ( very different atmosphere than the big Dive Tutukaka, but that is what I liked so much about Dive North). I contacted Dave by mail before I left for NZ and got a quick and friendly answer to my questions. It turned out I was the only diver that day, but they didn't cancel the trip and took me out for two dives. I really appreciated this. The Rainbow warrior is a great dive! The boot is small, but comfortable. It was easy to get off/on the boot.
Best-organised diving trip I've ever done.
Dave, Sue and Richie were all very helpful and friendly. We did some amazing diving too.
We spent a fantastic weekend diving in and around the Bay of Islands thanks to the Dive North team.
The team was very professional and brought us to beautiful spots. We had lots of fun and great dives!
I wanted to dive to see the rainbow warrrior. As I hadn't the good qualifiaction (PADI open water), Dave proposed to follow the advanced open water course.
It was great ! Richie takes his time to explain everything you need to know, in a professional yet relaxed way. And Dave & Sue make sure everything is ok before and after the dive, even on land. Great team
An excellent experience with very nice people !
Had a fantastic day out with Richie and Dave. I'm a beginner diver and Dave guided me on a fabulous dive which was to about 18 metres through an amazing kelp garden. Afterwards he debriefed me and really helped with lots of different things like finning techniques etc. I felt very safe and it has built up my confidence. Would recommend them as great operators, good sense of humour, and great customer service. Dave and Sue are really lovely and certainly make the whole experience one to remember.
yo yo... what a fantastic couple of dives. There was no comparison to the Poor Knights, MUCH BETTER!! Loved the fact there were only 4 divers, not crowded, great soup. Very serious and professional staff!!!
Great small company offering intimate dive experience. Nice people, safety conscious, but relaxed way, good equipment and good price.