White Island is the favorite and most dramatic dive destination
in the Bay of Plenty region.
White Island is some 50 kilometres off shore from Whakatane and lies 8km west of the White Island trench which reaches depths of up to 1219 metres. This fascinating place is brushed by the warm waters of an offshore current and offers exciting dives from pinnacles with 150 metre drop offs to cruisy reef dives.
Underwater vents are a feature of this volcanic area. Several archways and extinct fumaroles make the area most interesting. Visibility varies from 20 metres to 50 metres. depending on the time of year. 30 metres would be the average.
Fish life is extremely abundant with massive schools of Blue Mao Mao, Pink Mao Mao, Koheru Demoiselles and many other species including Lord Howe Island Coral Fish, Yellow Banded Perch, Banded Coral Shrimps, Blue Moki, Blue fish, Golden Snapper, different species of Moray eels and many more.
Fauna includes many types of kelps, gorgonians, sponges etc.
Diadema urchins are almost unique to White Island and the Volkner Rocks which lie 5 km to the west of White Island. Masses of these can be seen on a pinnacle dive known as Diadema Rock. Between the beautiful Diadema urchins are a sprinkling of firebrick starfish, cup corals (Flabellum ribrum),
dead mans fingers (Alcyonium auruntiacum), and soft orange coral, assorted sponges and bryozoans,and a few Ecklonia kelps perched on any bit of rock that sticks out far enough from the vertical cliff faces.
Fantastic diving can also be had at other dive sites around the Bay from Mayor Island to inshore reef dives including the wreck of the SS Tasman near Whakatane and other interesting dive sites to suite your diving ability.
We cater for scenic dives as well as crayfish and other seafood gathering dives.
Hire of dive gear can be arranged locally at your request. Please give us as much notice as possible, so as not to be disappointed.