Dive Zone Whitianga is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre. We offer a comprehensive range of recreational and professional dive programmes and pride ourselves on being a PADI 5 Star IDC Centre.
Dive Zone Whitianga offers a full range of services including:
Whitianga is on the eastern seaboard of the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula and is only 2 - 21/2 hours drive from either Auckland, Hamilton or Tauranga.Whitianga sits within Mercury Bay and is a favorite holiday destination for many New Zealanders and International Visitors. One visit and you'll see why.
The natural beauty is outstanding, with a rich and sub tropical back drop of hills and native bush covered cliffs and valleys, opening out to warm white sandy beaches and coves, islands and rocky outcrops and the blue Pacific Ocean for miles.
There are many beautiful locations in the world to dive but only a few can be regarded as truly magic. The Mercury Bay, renowned for its stunning coastline, offshore islands, white sandy beaches and crystal waters is really one of those truly magic locations.
With dive sites suitable for divers ranging from those on their first sea dive, to the very experienced the Mercury Bay is the ideal playground for all. The photographers enjoy many sites offering a wide range of photo opportunities from macro to wide angle shooting. If photography is not your thing you can put on a pair of gloves and try your luck at catching a crayfish and collect our renowned delicacy - scallops - during season.
Above the water the islands consist of spectacular cliffs climbing vertically from the sea. These islands are the remnants of an ancient volcano chain which makes for many interesting dive sites that very in depth and bottom topography. In some cases the cliffs continue straight down under the water’s surface. Along some of these walls are brilliant anemones, hydroids, nudibranches, soft colourful sponges and spiny sea urchins.
The main chain of the Mercury Islands consists of the large Great Mercury Island to the west, Red Mercury Island to the east, and five much smaller islands between the two. Only the main island is inhabited – the others form part of a nature reserve.
Most dive sites consist of boulders big and small, cracks and crevasses, small swim throughs and caves. Kelp and seaweeds of many colours cover the sea floor. Below the kelp other interesting animals such as crayfish, packhorse crayfish, Spanish lobsters, scorpion fish, tiny blennies, plus many species of crab, sea shells and still more nudibranchs can be found. If you look hard enough you may even find a sea horse. Many schools of trevally and blue maomao can be seen on the surface and below the water too. In the summer months large kingfish school on weed edges and pins along with giant boar fish, john dory and tarakihi. A great array of other animals inhabit our waters from moray eels, stingrays, wrasse, demoiselles, porcupine fish, snapper and many other vibrant species. Further down below them pink maomao, golden snapper, porae, blue moki and other fish appear in reasonable numbers. Orca can also be seen swimming in pods of between four and eight chasing the abundant population of stingrays. Their smaller cousins, the dolphins are the most common marine mammals seen and are frequent visitors to divers in this area. And on occasion, especially during the winter months, New Zealand fur seals reside on some of our islands and are keen players in the water.
The magic of the Mercury Bay is such that even on a bad day, when the weather is a bit average the boat ride is sloppy, you know that there will always be somewhere a bit sheltered from the weather and the diving will be spectacular.