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The WWII Wrecks of Truk (Chuuk) Lagoon

Truk Lagoon was high on my bucket list of must do dives.  I’d pondered taking a group there but was under the impression that the dives were more for those into tech diving.  So, when the opportunity presented itself for me to join an educational trip, I grabbed it and discovered there is plenty for the Recreational diver to dive on.  We spent 6 days diving all sorts of wrecks including passenger liners, cargo ships, flying boat, Bomber aircraft.  We dived these wrecks in ...

June 24, 2019

Diving in the Philippines

Diving the regions around the busy island of Cebu proved rewarding for the group of 17 of us that travelled to the Philippines for the first week in June.  Air Philippines operate a direct flight to Manila where you catch your connecting flight to Cebu.  Kasai Village Resort welcomed us after a very late arrival with comfy air conditioned mini bus transfer, beautiful tropical bananas and chilled water (flight delays and horrendous traffic in Cebu being a Friday rush hour arrival).&nbs...

June 21, 2019

Fiordland - Diving NZ's Remotest Coastline

It was 12 very excited blokes who departed Auckland to head off for one of those “bucket list” trips that we all really really want to do one day – Fiordland!  Probably the remotest, most untampered with part of New Zealand.  Extraordinary scenic beauty – both above and below the waves.  Peaceful like no other part of New Zealand.  A true step back in time We arrived in Queenstown and set off in our chartered bus to Te Anau.  A stunning drive itself with the Rema...

March 28, 2019

Tuia 250 - Celebration of Cooks Visit 1769

This year remember to mark 18 - 20 October in your calendar to acknowledge and celebrate the official Tuia 250 commemoration on the Coromandel with Te Pōwhiri, which recognises the welcome from local iwi Ngati Hei and Ngati Whanaunga to Captain Cook and his crew’s arrival 250 years ago. Te Pōwhiri is being held at Wharekaho, Simpsons Beach, in October and celebrates the movement from conflict to resolution harking back to Cook’s first voyage, where Ngati Hei welcomed the navigator and his ...

February 7, 2019

Taveuni Island, Fiji with Dive Zone Whitianga

Dive Holidays with a group of other keen divers has always proved to us to be a great holiday.  This year's trip was no exception.  Having taken a number of other trips to different parts of Fiji and found that Fiji always offers up a great holiday and dive destination, we were very excited to be venturing up to Taveuni to dive the infamous Rainbow Reef. We decided to book with Taveuni Dive Resort based on their location being a very short run out to the reef and it being a fairly new ...

October 22, 2018

Diving the Philippines

Dive holidays are always great and it was an amazing opportunity that presented itself – to be taken and shown some of the epic diving to be had in the Philippines!  Ian of Allways Dive Expeditions, Australia invited us to join this trip with a number of dive shop owners from throughout NZ. Darrell couldnt make it so someone had to go - me. Heading off early May, just as things were cooling down back here in NZ, we flew direct from Auckland into 30 odd degree, sun...

October 22, 2018

Summer Is Coming!!!

And it is that time of year to get in nice and early and arrange for your yearly servicing of any equipment. If left until summer time it’s likely to experience delays due to increased demand in the service department. So get into it now! Your BCD’s & regulators are equipped with numerous parts that will deteriorate over a period of time, regardless of whether they've been used or not.  So, keeping them in good working condition is a huge important part about your safety when diving. BC...

October 1, 2018

Pest Free Great Mercury Island

I was lucky enough to be invited to join the Moehau Environment Group (a long established group who work with predator control in the northern Coromandel Peninsula) on one of their walks across part of Great Mercury Island along with Pete Corson of Department of Conservation and Andy Hopping – the resident Ranger on the island.  The purpose of the walk was to see and talk about the effects since the pests were eradicated on the island in 2014 – and enjoy the absolutely stunning scenery ...

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