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Ages 12-80, max of 4 per group
Duration: 4h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • Use of SCUBA equipment


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  • 142A Pakiri Road, Leigh 0985, New Zealand
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 122728P5

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Participants must be able to pass a medical questionair form.
    • Not recommended for travelers with asthma unless signed off by a physician.
    • Most be able to Pass a medical questionnaire, please see "What to Expect" for link
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Try Scuba Diving?
    Try Scuba Diving price starts from $189.67. Discover and book Try Scuba Diving on Tripadvisor
    What is the Try Scuba Diving cancellation policy?
    Try Scuba Diving cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Try Scuba Diving on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Try Scuba Diving?
    Try Scuba Diving is hosted by Goat Island Dive & Snorkel. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Goat Island Dive & Snorkel on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Try Scuba Diving on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Try Scuba Diving?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 4h 30m. Discover and book Try Scuba Diving on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 122728P5

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      Leigh, New Zealand
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    • Zoe H
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      Well run dive shop in Goat Island Marine Reserve
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      The only choice when visiting Goat Island New Zeeland!
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      It’s a bit hard to book since we are large group booking during the busy season, but all staff are very nice and friendly. Everyone is enjoyed. Thank you.
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      Alternate Bay (Matheson Bay) for Snorkelling is not good
      The equipment provided was top-notch, and the briefing before the snorkeling session was thorough, covering safety protocols and highlighting the various species we might encounter. The attention to detail was impressive. However, due to bad weather we didn't get a chance to do snorkel in Goat Island and end up in alternate bay (Matheson Bay). I strongly recommend please don't do Matheson bay and it is good to reschedule to another day if Goat Island weather is bad. Not enough fish and the water is not clear in Matheson Bay. Overall, I highly recommend Goat Island Dive & Snorkel for an exceptional snorkeling adventure. Whether you're a seasoned snorkeler or a first-timer, they provide an unforgettable journey into the underwater world. I'll definitely be returning for another dive into the beauty of the ocean with them!
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      Best service
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    Fergus H
    1 contribution
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    I did the advanced snorkelling at the start of my trip (17/12/23) with Adi, the try scuba dive at the end (10/1/24) with Sara. Both were amazing and we saw so many Sapper, Red Moki, Kelpfish, Drummmer, Urchins, Spotties, an Eagle Ray, Sponges and lots of other cool things! Both instructors were absolutely brilliant, making sure you were okay all the time and making sure you dived in a relaxed environment. With the Try Dive you spend about 1 hour in the water, with the rest of the time spent going through all the paperwork, equipment and safety procedures. I wish it had gone on longer, however, it was still a magical experience and one of the highlights of my trip! Thank you to Adi and Sara for all your help and encouragement… and I hope to return one day with my open water :)
    Written 23 January 2024
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    Ruban S
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    Dec 2021 • Friends
    My friends and I decided to give scuba diving a go for the first time. We had Kaiya as our instructor. Kaiya was super cool and kept us calm and relaxed because we were all really nervous. She explained everything so well and she was really funny. We saw a lots of sea creatures and learnt about the importance of protected marine reserves. We had such a good time and will definitely come back again.
    Written 29 December 2021
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    Imablaze
    Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
    Nov 2020 • Solo
    I was excited and scared to learn to scuba dive but my instructor was amazing, knowledgeable and patient. She made sure I was calm and accomplished my goal of learning how to scuba dive. I highly recommend Goat Island Dive & Snorkel. Ask for Kaiya Elmes, she was my instructor. You'll have an amazing time.
    Written 17 November 2020
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    Lorraine M
    10 contributions
    Feb 2022
    If you want to try diving then Goat Island Dive & Snorkel is the place to give it a go! My partner and I did the Try Dive and it was AWESOME!!! We loved it! Kaiya, our instructor, was super cool and very calm which helped me to feel calm and relaxed. We saw so many fish and an eagle ray and even found a crayfish hiding out under the rocks. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. It was professional, safe and enjoyable.
    Written 20 February 2022
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    Kate H
    1 contribution
    Feb 2024 • Friends
    We did a try dive with Sara and couldn’t be happier with our experience. She is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable for first time divers. In the water throughout the dive she was calm and reassuring. We saw plenty of snapper and goat fish, a couple eagle rays, and even a puffer fish! Would absolutely book again, we had an incredible time!
    Written 31 January 2024
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    Liam
    2 contributions
    Mar 2023 • Friends
    The dive guide was amazing, great service and well worth the money! Saw loads of fish and was on my way to learning a new skill
    Written 4 October 2023
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    Liam
    2 contributions
    Mar 2023 • Friends
    The experience was fantastic: enjoyable dive; knowledgable and enthusiastic dive instructor; and we saw a variety of sea life.
    Written 13 March 2023
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    We're delighted to hear that you had a fantastic experience with us! 🌊🐠 It's great to know that you enjoyed your dive, and our knowledgeable and enthusiastic dive instructor made the experience even more special. Seeing a variety of sea life must have been truly memorable. Thank you for choosing us for your diving adventure, and we hope to welcome you back for more amazing underwater explorations in the future! 🤿🌟
    Written 29 May 2023
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    Francois v
    Napier, New Zealand1 contribution
    Dec 2022
    The diving training was very informative, and the dive trial handled very calmly and made it easy to adjust to the dive environment. Sara the trainer did very well!
    Written 5 January 2023
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    We're glad to hear you had a good time with us ! It is our pleasure to help you adjust to something new, and offer you a new experience! We hope you enjoyed the beautiful reserve, and look forward to seeing you again :)
    Written 16 February 2023
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    Cameron Adams
    1 contribution
    Jan 2021 • Solo
    Had a great dive with these guys. They were very informative about the reserve and fun with the way they explained everything. Would highly recommend
    Written 5 February 2021
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    Ilia G
    1 contribution
    Dec 2020 • Friends
    Amazing for beginners, very good instructions, great dive! Thanks to Kaiya! Love it! Will do it again.
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    Written 28 December 2020
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