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Paihia Dive
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Owner description: Paihia Dive in the Bay of Islands is the Far North of New Zealand's premier dive centre and it is our great pleasure to show you all the underwater wonders of this beautiful part of NZ. We offer trips to the spectacular Rainbow Warrior - the jewel of the north aboard our fully equipped dive RIB 'Aka Maru', which takes only 7 minutes from the shore to reach the dive site.Dive The HMNZS Canterbury, New Zealand’s last Frigate to be purpose sunk for diving. Sunk almost 5 years ago, she is covered in jewel anemones and sponges. This wreck is massive and well worth diving!Dive the Bay of Islands with the longest running dive charter operation. Paihia Dive has been taking divers under since 1978, and Craig has been diving in the Bay for 25 years. For a true local experience join Paihia Dive for a day diving. Learn to dive with the best! Paihia Dive is a PADI 5 Star Resort. All our dive courses are taught by experienced instructors, and the classes are nice and small. Start your Open Water Course today!
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Diving the Canterbury Wreck and the Wreck of the Rainbow Warrior was amazing! The Crew is very friendly, caring and professional. They took the time to enjoy the view, showed us beatiful, hidden beaches, the hole in the rock and told us local stories. We also had the time to enjoy the dolphins who joined us twice during the day. The supplied equipment was good quality and the crew was concerned about our safety. Absolutly worth doing it!!

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

A spent a weekend getting my Padi Advanced Open Water cert with these guys. Amazing to dive on both the Canterbury and Rainbow warrior in a weekend. Really friendly instructors who take good care of you. Good gear as well. Would love to go out with them again!

Thank Andrew J
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CraigJohnston, Owner at Paihia Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for taking the time to review your dive trip with us. Both the wrecks are amazing dives, and I'm glad you got to do them both!

We hope to see you back in the Bay of Islands again soon for another dive.

Cheers,

Craig and the Paihia Dive team.

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

‘Paihia Dive’ is undoubtably the friendliest and most relaxed dive company I have ever dived with. They offered a range of dives including an old Naval ship which was absolutely amazing for me and my wife (both advanced PADI holders) and some shallower reef dives which were perfect for our two mates who donned scuba gear for the first time. The staff offered a wealth of knowledge and experience ensuring that our dive matched, if not exceeded those we’d done in Egypt, Jordan, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam and the UK. Stu was split ya ribs funny and Craig had a sweet underwater camera which he took some incredible shots with. Unlike many other companies all of the photos were made available to us for free. I could no recommend Paihai Dive enough. Great day out.

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CraigJohnston, Owner at Paihia Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Hi Taf360,

Thanks for the great review. I am amazed that you found Stu funny, normally I'm the only one laughing at him. :-) Glad you liked the photos, I love taking them so it's nice to know others like them too.

All our guys love diving and showing other divers our great dive sites. I hope to see you both back again for some more diving.

Cheers,

Craig

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

We were really happy with the excellent service provided by Paihia Dive and would have no hesitation in recommending the company for any diver - experienced or learner or anything in between. They were safe and really obliging. Thanks

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Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

Just spent the long weekend diving the wreck of the Canterbury. Although the weather improved with each day on the water, the crew maintained the highest quality of service every time we went out. Special thanks to Craig, Ben and Stu for exceeeding my expections with every dive. The last day diving the ammunition room was fantastic! Will definitely be back.

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