Dive Whale Island or the SeaFire wreck (scenic)
Whale Island aka Moutohora Island is a wildlife sanctuary and lays 7 Kms (20 mins travel by fast boat) NW of Whakatane. It offers wonderful Diving and Snorkeling opportunities with loads of classic New Zealand coastal marine life and depths, 4 to 40 meters. In October 2008 and ex deepsea fishing trawler the 'Boston seafire' was sunk 800 meters south of the Island to further enhance tha area as a dive location.
We offer 4 hour, 2x dive or snorkeling trips. Equipment, wetsuits,fins, masks available for hire and some dive equipment can be hired from us. SeaFire dives are for experienced divers only however Whale Island offers excellent dives for beginners or the not so experienced, check our prices page for more info.
Dive White Island
We run a limited number of dive trips to the White Island, Volkner rocks Marine reserve area. 6 persons required
Hunter/gatherer divetrips, Rurima Islands.
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The Seafire wreck sinking
The 44 meter fishing vessel, Seafire formerly known as the Boston Seafire and before that the Buzzard was scuttled just south of Whale Island in 32 meters on Sunday 19th October, 2008. This will form a new artificial reef dive site which will be open to divers about the beginning of November. Full credit needs to go to The Bay Artificial Reef Charitable Trust.
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Some interesting history and Links
Oceania Shipping Forum NZ News UK Fleetwood Online Archive of Trawlers
Fleetwood Trawler site 1xx News TV3 News Clearnet News
Infonews The Bay Artificial Reef Charitable Trust
Local Phone (07) 3085896 or Free Phone 0800 308 5896
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