About Us

Waiheke Dive & Snorkel is a fresh new approach to your friendly local PADI dive shop! 

Who

Waiheke Dive & Snorkel is owned by Adam Whatton and Pippa Griffiths. Adam has years of experience in the dive industry both here in NZ and overseas. He's a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, EFR Instructor and holds qualifications from TDI, GUE and BSAC. He's managed dive businesses, worked as an Instructor / guide and supervised customer service teams all dedicated to diving and divers. 

Pippa is a PADI Divemaster and BSAC Sports Diver. She's dived all over the world from NZ's stunning Poor Knights Islands all the way to the legendary Scapa Flow in Scotland.

With all this experience you know that you're in good hands! 

What

Waiheke Dive & Snorkel is a new way of approaching Scuba diving & snorkelling education and adventures! We are 100% Waiheke owned and we offer genuine PADI courses for both SCUBA and snorkelling all year round. We even run overseas epic adventures to dive some of the most incredible locations the world has to offer!

We're a very environmentally conscious business. We run our activities to have minimum environmental impact and this influences our decisions at all levels all the way down to choosing bio-degradable tape for marking our cylinders as full! Because of this commitment, in March 2018 we were recipients of the PADI Green Star Award!

In the words of PADI - "The PADI Green Star Dive Centre Award is granted to PADI Dive Centres and Resorts that demonstrate a dedication to conservation across a wide range of business functions, including water conservation, energy use, environmentally friendly transportation practices, use of sustainable materials, conservation leadership and a donation to conservation through Project AWARE. The Green Star Award identifies dive businesses that care about the environment and are acting to protect it."

We are a 100% AWARE partner with Project AWARE. This means that you an be confident that some of your course fees are going directly to conservation efforts and, as a bonus, you'll get a cool limited edition certification card rather than the standard one!

We're fully compliant with the NZ Adventure Tourism Regulations, and are a registered Adventure Tourism Operator (AAO). You can even look us up if you like - our AAO number is 4210! Waiheke Dive and Snorkel's Safety Management System has been audited and certified by OutdoorsMark against the Safety Audit Standard for Adventure Activities. This means that you can come and explore with us, confident that we are operating how we should be, with your safety being our top priority!

OutdoorsMark Safety Audit Certificate Logo

You can buy your gear from us 24/7 online and get the latest updates on your order, and you also have the reassurance that we are real people who love diving as much as you do!

We're so real in fact, that some of the worlds biggest SCUBA and snorkelling brands are working with us! We are authorised NZ dealers for Scubapro for scuba gear and Mares for snorkelling and water sports equipment. We offer overnight cylinder filling and can happily arrange all your tank testing and servicing needs.

We offer free delivery to anyone on Waiheke, for any order, and we give free shipping to any other order over $100, NZ wide! We also have our Industry leading price promise - if you find an item we stock cheaper elsewhere in NZ, we'll beat it by 5%!

Where

Located at 5/143 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, on the stunning Island of Waiheke, just a scenic 35 min ferry ride from Auckland CBD. The shop is just below the main street, down the stairs behind Timmy Smiths jewellery shop. We are a short 15 minute walk from the Matiatia ferry terminal, or two stops away on any bus route.

Waiheke Island was ranked by Lonely Planet as 5th in their top 10 regions in the world to visit in the "Best in Travel 2016" guide! They said: "Waiheke Island is welcoming the world to sample from its abundant offerings and inviting all visitors to fall under its spell," Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher wrote. "A mere 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, New Zealand’s third-most densely populated island is a utopia of secret coves, beautiful beaches, rolling vineyards, luxury lodges and bohemian sensibilities." 

Sounds pretty good to us!

Our team of PADI Instructors and Divemasters run try dives,  PADI courses and snorkelling and diving activities daily from the island!