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Putahataha Island

Discover an exhilarating dive site in New Zealand's Bay of Islands, rich with marine diversity and stunning underwater formations. This rocky kelpy reef is located on the inward side of the island, extending down to a maximum depth of 18 meters. As you circle the island, the reef gradually leads out to depths of 18-25 meters on the seaward side. One of the highlights of this dive is an impressive underwater cavern, boasting a 5-meter-wide entrance that opens up to reveal sandy bottoms, rocky walls, and enticing ledges where scorpion fish, moray eels, and crayfish can be found.

This dive site is renowned for the impact of the Rahui, a local conservation initiative, evident in the thriving population of big snapper, reef fish, as well as mottled, mosaic, and yellow moray eels. Keep an eye out for magnificent packhorse crayfish and vibrant nudibranchs as you explore the depths. With a visibility of 12 meters, divers of all experience levels, from beginners to advanced, can relish in the abundance of marine life and captivating underwater scenery.

While this dive promises an unforgettable underwater adventure, it's important to be mindful of boat traffic and potential currents when the tide changes. For those seeking additional dive experiences in the area, nearby attractions include the HMNZS Canterbury, Cape Brett Track, and the picturesque Rawhiti.

Immerse yourself in the wonders of this New Zealand dive site, where you can encounter a wide array of species and marvel at the natural beauty that awaits beneath the waves.

Last updated: 8 mo. ago - Oct 3, 2023

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Overview of Putahataha Island

Depth:18m
Visibility: 0m - 12m
Experience level:
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