Daves' Diving Kaikoura
Daves' Diving Kaikoura
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Daves' Diving is the only SCUBA centre in Kaikoura! Join us to explore our incredible coastline. Offering SCUBA tours, dive training, equipment rental, sales and servicing. Our knowledgeable staff can help you really experience Kaikoura in a new and exciting way.
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Alena K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I had an amazing day on the boat with Zach and Haylee! Lots of dolphins playing around the boat made the drive to the divesite already an unforgettable experience. I had two wonderful dives with a lot of marine life. The team was eager to make the most out of the tour and worked hard to make everyone feel comfortoble. Can‘t wait to come back.
Written 12 January 2024
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Duchess-down-under
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
If only all dive experiences were like this. From being able to book online to the hot chips when we got back to the shop - Zak was just the perfect dive guy.
The equipment was up to date and clean.
Zak’s knowledge of the area was superb and the dive sites we dived were perfect for us as experienced divers but suitable for the newby divers as well.
We will definitely be back
Written 23 December 2023
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Mallory C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Definitely recommend Daves’ Diving Kaikaoura! On our vacation to New Zealand, we went out with Zach and Haylee, who were enthusiastic professionals. Everything was well organized and they were super helpful (my first time diving cold water). We enjoyed the gorgeous scenery of Kaikoura from the boat (voted one of the most most beautiful small towns in the world recently!); during our two dives we saw nudibranches, urchins, and various crustaceans and fish. Highly recommend you give them a go!
Written 8 December 2023
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Sarah H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
It was great to come back to Kaikōura for the second year in a row to dive with Dave's Diving.

The staff are passionate, friendly and professional. Haylee gave me some top tips for keeping warm in the cooler waters. Dave and Sean took us to some beautiful spots brimming with ocean life. Sean's a fantastic dive guide, highlighting interesting features during the dive, and catering to all skill levels.

The conditions were in our favour and we had excellent visibility (about 10-15m). We motored out to the marine reserve, where we encountered some very playful dolphins. We also got to see dozens of Jason's nudibranchs and ocean walls absolutely covered in crayfish.
Written 25 April 2023
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Pete N
Christchurch, New Zealand23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
We did four boat dives in April 2023 in perfect conditions. Curious dolphins swam with us for ~20 minutes or so. We had en encounter with a rare thresher shark, saw dozens of kōura (crayfish), and the endemic Jason’s nudibranch. Sean Walsh is a fantastic guide: calm, patient, helpful. Kaikōura visibility tends to be 5-6m on a good day, so set your expectations accordingly.
Written 25 April 2023
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John L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The dive staff at Daves was terrific - very customer oriented, helpful and knowledgeable. After a couple of cancelations due to safety and conditions, they were finally able to work me in. They provided great rental gear and managed it well on the boat. Zack was a knowledgeable skipper and we searched several sites to find the best conditions. The dive had limited visibility, which they were up front about. Haley was a fantastic leader. We were able to see crayfish, kina, paua, numerous blue cod, a large groper, kahawai, and butterfish among the kelp and rocks. The surge was strong but fun once I settled in. The hot shower at the shop afterward was a much appreciated bonus!
Written 27 March 2023
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Devon E
Berkeley, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Even though the visibility was poor the day we went the people at the dive shop were very transparent about this and gave us the best time possible. Zach was very friendly and explained every thing about the site well. Even though we only chose to do 1 of our 2 dives due the vis we still had a great time and would recommend Dave’s to anyone diving in Kaikoura!
Written 2 January 2023
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Hey Devon, thank you for your review. A shame that the conditions didnt play ball, but glad you got to enjoy a dive with us! Safe travels and happy bubbles :)
Written 7 January 2023
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Clancy J
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Kaikoura is such a great place to scuba dive. The dive staff were helpful, kind and extremely knowledgeable. Dave’s Diving is very professional and provides great customer service. Even in summer the water was cold (12 degrees) compared to what I’m used to but it was well worth it! The seascape is very cool and some amazing sea life including octopus. I can’t wait to come back and dive here again.
Written 21 December 2022
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Thanks so much for your review. Im glad you enjoyed your dives and got a chance to see what cold water diving offers! Hopefully see you again soon :)
Written 25 December 2022
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luke b
brisbane3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
With weather not so perfect the experience and expertise of Zac and Sean had us land on some amazing sites with great visibility and sea life. I honestly did not want to come back to land after this awesome double dive.
Written 7 December 2022
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Thanks so much for your review. We agree- we don't like coming back either! Glad you enjoyed your trip with us and hopefully see you again soon :)
Written 25 December 2022
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sonicmoose
Kaikoura, New Zealand48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
from checkin to being in the water, the staff were brilliant and very knowledgeable! had a great time exploring the underwater world of kaikoura
Written 25 November 2022
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thanks for your review. Im happy to hear you enjoyed your trip with us!
Written 25 December 2022
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