Goat Island Dive & Snorkel
Goat Island Dive & Snorkel
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Scuba & SnorkellingEquipment Hire
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Welcome to Goat Island Dive & Snorkel. Auckland's #1 underwater adventure offering everything from snorkel and dive hire, scuba dive training and dive trips. We are situated on the Matakana Coast in Leigh, just on the road to New Zealand's first fully protected marine reserve, Goat Island. The Reserve is teaming with life and offers an amazing experience for all levels. We have beginner guided snorkel tours or come on one of our advanced snorkel lessons to gain more understanding. If you are feeling more adventurous why not try scuba diving, we have lessons for first timers and more experienced divers. Dive in with us!
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Nancy R
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great place to see marine life in a short time. The snorkeling is shallow and easy to navigate and this area is a gem in terms of marine life in a shorter distance. Guide helps point out things that you would have missed and the price includes rental so good value. You can also stay the day and snorkel more if you want. Perfect options for a range of beginner to advanced snorkeling.
Written 8 April 2024
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ACS O
Bury St. Edmunds, UK119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Popped in here to rent masks and snorkels for our group of three, guy was very helpful with good tips and advice. Self guided expedition but following his advice we had a great morning snorkelling.
Written 3 April 2024
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Sandeep Kinge
Dubai, United Arab Emirates23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I had an amazing first-time snorkelling experience in New Zealand. I am grateful to have had professional, experienced, and knowledgeable trainers and support staff to organize this event. They provided sufficient information before, during, and after the session and made me feel comfortable and enjoy my tour. I would definitely consider going for an advanced guided snorkelling experience.
Written 25 March 2024
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pwyber2024
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024
I have been a couple of times and both were amazing. Awesome staff full of knowledge about goat island and making sure you have a great experience.
I am definitely going back in the future.
Written 2 March 2024
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AMP
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Tried scuba for the first time today and it was fantastic! All thanks to our guide, Sara. She was exceptional. Her personality was just as vibrant as our experience! Highly recommend. She made us feel so comfortable being novice divers, I would highly consider getting certified now! Everything ran so smoothly. We also saw amazing sea life! A truly memorable day!
Written 1 February 2024
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Kate H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Fergus H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Zoe
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024
Tour was schedule for 2pm but the instructors didn't start the briefing until 2:30pm as we were still waiting for several latecomers. Which is not a big deal except the instructors didn't communicate why we were all waiting around under the hot sun and when we would expect to start, so it felt like our tour time was being wasted away. The instructors were also a little unprofessional in talking about how they would need to 'drag out' the length of the briefing in order to wait for the latecomers, again it felt like our time was being wasted.

The (beginner) tour itself was okay, I was expecting it to be slightly more 'guided' e.g. taking us to specific places to see particular fish or pointing out interesting things but we more or less just followed them around and left to look at things on our own — could have just hired the gear and done it ourselves. This was our first time snorkelling which is why we booked a tour but it feels unnecessary in hindsight.
Written 10 January 2024
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Gate15
St. Albans, UK410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Really well run dive outfit with all gear in excellent condition. My only advice would be to keep an eye on the weather conditions. Due to the adverse weather we had to dive from Mathesons Bay which was pretty disappointing as a dive site.
Dives here are shallow but long (max depth c 5-6m with a 50m plus dive time) so a good place for beginners
Written 8 January 2024
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Hippoglossus71
Singapore, Singapore18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We came to snorkel at Goat Island and chose this outlet to rent our gear, Wow did we chose the rigth place!
The shop is very well ran with high quality gears that are properly cleaned after each hire. Super friendly staff.

We accidentally left our GoPro in the bucket when returning the snorkel gears. As we were already on our way south, Sara helped to post it to Christchurch so we can pick it up when we return our campervan. Big thanks for over-the'top service!
Written 7 January 2024
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