The variables of wind, rain, temperature and currents all affect water visibility and the degree of pleasure we get from each dive. Look here for advice on how to choose a Wellington dive site.
Detailed dive site descriptions include locating sites, car parking availability, entry/exit points, depths, bottom type, sea life observed and items of interest. The sites are grouped into areas having similar dive conditions. These are:
Sheltered, low stress diving. Good for training and night work. Relatively silty.
Beautiful rocky reef gardens and gravel flats. Wide variety of sea life and shipwrecks. Better in northerly winds.
Rocky channels, sandy flats and stingrays. Better in southerly conditions.
Sort out those 'What were those fish?' problems. Know your nudibranchs! Become a seaweed bore! Help is at hand in this guide to Wellington's sea life.
Wooden hulled or steel, coastal tramp or fishing boat, Cook Strait ferry or liner. Many vessels visited Wellington and most of them left safely. However, 'The Shipwreck Coast' claimed some of them and left them accessible to divers. Look here for details of Wellington's diveable wrecks.
Communication cables from the early 1900s, a Victorian era wharf and a submarine boom.
To complement the Wellington Dive Guide.
This Guide makes no recommendation as to the suitability of any dive site for a particular diver. You are expected to be suitably trained and equipped, to know your own limits and to dive within them. If you are unfamiliar with Wellington diving I do recommend Island Bay Divers Frog Dive club which dives every Saturday morning, all year round. Dives are instructor or divemaster led and are a safe, enjoyable way of gaining familiarity with the local dive conditions.
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