"Diving Destination" Island Bay Sports & Outdoors Tip by Kakapo2

Island Bay Sports & Outdoors: 1 reviews and 1 photos

  The shipwreck diving is to the left of this photo.
by Kakapo2

East of Taputeranga Island – so to your left, if you look out to sea – lies the final resting place of the HMNZS Wellington (now known as the F69).

This is a decommissioned Royal New Zealand Navy frigate that was sunk off the coast of Island Bay in November 2005 to provide the starting point for an artificial reef and diving destination. But not everything went according to plan: A violent storm in early 2006 broke the ship in two. Since then both pieces lie close to where the ship was sunk.

You find a diving company close to the shore, near the terminal bus stop of Island Bay (corner Reef Street and The Parade). They call the sunken ship(-wreck) a world class diving attraction. I cannot confirm or deny this I am not into diving. The company’s name is Island Bay Divers. The white house cannot be missed, it is next to the bus stop (Terminus).

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri 10am - 7pm
Sat/Sun 9am - 6pm

othercontact: tim@ibdivers.co.nz
Phone: +64 4 383-6778
Theme: Scuba Diving
Website: http://www.ibdivers.co.nz/Site.aspx/Tab/1

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 20, 2009
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