The Bay of Plenty region is located in the north of New Zealand. It is situated on the coast of the bay which shares its name. This place will be interesting for divers as they will have an opportunity to thoroughly explore the world's largest sea cave Astrolabe, chalice corals, and many other things. Those who are seeking unique diving experiences can dive at the foot of an active volcano White Island which is situated in the waters of the Bay.
Due to the sun rays piercing through the surface of the water, you will have a chance to observe the beautiful underwater landscape. Here, you will be able to take unique underwater photos depicting all the amazing diversity of the marine world. During dives in Bay of Plenty, you can encounter whales, earless seals, or penguins.
The nearest international airport is in Auckland. From there, you should take a scheduled bus either to Paihia or Russell. You can also rent a car to go to a diving place on your own. Another way is to join a diving tour.
Bay of Plenty has a moderately warm climate. Diving is possible all year round on condition that you are wearing a wetsuit. Summer begins in October and ends in March. The average water temperature at this time is +22 °C. July is the coldest and driest month (the water temperature is +12 °C), while March is the wettest. Visibility at many dive sites reaches a record of 40 meters.
The Mountain of Seals dive site hosts a fur earless seal colony. Curious animals with big, smart eyes are rather clumsy on land, but in the water, they turn into playful seals. An unforgettable diving experience is guaranteed!
Red Bait reef with 6-9 meters deep is a perfect dive spot for beginners. It has numerous multicoloured anemones, sea urchins, and sponges. Shoals of reef fish and cuttlefish can often be encountered here as well.