The former Navy Frigate Canterbury F421 now rests in Deep Water Cove near Cape Brett. Upright and intact, she makes for an impressive sight in a great dive location! Divers hit the bow at about 20m and can swim through the bridge to the helicopter hanger at 27m. The upper deck, bridge and first floor levels are easily within recreational diving range.The lower levels are for more advanced divers with the stern resting at approximately 36m. Fish are already making themselves at home aboard the Canterbury, with resident schools in the bridge and around the funnel. This is just beginning as the location of this Frigate will ensure it quickly becomes a haven for dozens of fish species. We are an official dive operator for the Canterbury. Check it out now and watch the fish life grow!
We meet at the shop at 07:45am and sort out paper work and gear. We then load our trolleys and stroll down to the Paihia Wharf (100yards from the shop). Here we load or 11.5m twin 300hp powered hard top aluminium boat.
After a short safety briefing, we cast off and head through the beautiful bay of islands. It is a 40min ride to deep water cove where the HMNZS Canterbury is resting bolt upright on a sandy seabed at 36m. The wreck is 114m long and is 14m deep at its shallowest and 36m at its deepest. There is a lot to see including, gunning mounts, telephones, bridge, helicopter hanger and missile room. Deep water cove has been a marine reserve for 10yrs now and this really shows with abundant fish life and a wreck covered in anemones, crayfish and eels.
After the wreck dive we have lunch on the boat and then head to a reef site for our second dive. We have 144 islands to choose from and therefore literally hundreds of individual dive sites to choose from. Our experienced skippers will pick the best site for the conditions on the day. After our second dive it is back to Paihia wharf to unload and log those dives. We are typically back around 03:30pm.
Wreck and reef dive
Bay of Islands tour
We meet at our dive shop on Williams rd from 7:45am. Pick ups available at the Russell wharf at 8:45am.
Please add gear hire and/or lunch if required. If you are an Open Water diver you will also need to select the Deep Adventure Dive option to dive the wreck.
Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.
Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.
There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.
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