Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters

Dive Whale Island or the SeaFire wreck (scenic)

Whale Island aka Moutohora Island is a wildlife sanctuary and lays 7 Kms (20 mins travel by fast boat) NW of Whakatane. It offers wonderful Diving and Snorkeling opportunities with loads of classic New Zealand coastal marine life and depths, 4 to 40 meters.  In October 2008 and ex deepsea fishing trawler the 'Boston seafire' was sunk 800 meters south of the Island to further enhance tha area as a dive location.

 Diveworks Charters, Whale Island Tours diving at Whale Island Whale Island, Yellow eyed Mullet Whale Island, Blue maumau Snorkeling at Whale Island with Diveworks Charters, Whale Island Tours 

We offer 4 hour, 2x dive or snorkeling trips. Equipment, wetsuits,fins, masks available for hire and some dive equipment can be hired from us. SeaFire dives are for experienced divers only however Whale Island offers excellent dives for beginners or the not so experienced, check our prices page for more info.

Dive White Island

We run a limited number of dive trips to the White Island, Volkner rocks Marine reserve area. 6 persons required

Hunter/gatherer divetrips, Rurima Islands.

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The Seafire wreck sinking

The 44 meter fishing vessel, Seafire formerly known as the Boston Seafire and before that the Buzzard was scuttled just south of Whale Island in 32 meters on Sunday 19th October, 2008. This will form a new artificial reef dive site which will be open to divers about the beginning of November. Full credit needs to go to The Bay Artificial Reef Charitable Trust.

Seafire sinking, Whakatane, Photo Phil van Dusschoten, Diveworks Charters Seafire sinking, Whakatane, Photo Phil van Dusschoten, Diveworks Charters Seafire sinking, Whakatane, Photo Phil van Dusschoten, Diveworks Charters

     Seafire sinking, Whakatane, Photo Phil van Dusschoten, Diveworks Charters Seafire sinking, Whakatane, Photo Phil van Dusschoten, Diveworks Charters Seafire sinking, Whakatane, Photo Phil van Dusschoten, Diveworks Charters

 Seafire sinking, Photo Jon Edney

The Seafire as she stands on the bottom, Sounding by Phil van Dusschoten, Diveworks Charters

 our Youtube footage   official Youtube footage

Some interesting history and Links

Oceania Shipping Forum NZ News UK Fleetwood Online Archive of Trawlers

Fleetwood Trawler site 1xx News TV3 News  Clearnet News

     Infonews    The Bay Artificial Reef Charitable Trust 

Local Phone (07) 3085896 or Free Phone 0800 308 5896

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Whakatane Radio station   AA Travel member  Diveworks Charters, Whale Island Tours 



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