Our Story

It all started with a simple comment, with a cheeky glass of wine in hand, before we caught the ferry back to the ‘mainland’ at the end of  a weekend on Waiheke. “The only thing that could have made the weekend better would have been going for a dive”.

 

That little sentence from Pippa (one half of Waiheke Dive & Snorkel) to Adam (the other) set off a chain reaction that ended up with Adam quitting his management job, them both moving to Waiheke and starting up a dive shop when and in a place that everyone said they shouldn’t. Click here to meet the team!


We decided from day 1 that we wanted to do things differently. For us, that evolved into our ethos of “The 3 C’s” - Community, Conservation & Customer Service. 


We are proud to work with our local community here on Waiheke and throughout the wider Tikapa Moana / Hauraki Gulf. We sponsor local events, give prizes for community fundraisers, design experiential learning projects with Auckland Council & funded by the Waiheke local Board for local schools and give presentations for community groups and students. We provide Divemaster internships for selected graduating high school students. We stock locally made products and support local business, from sunscreen through to jewellery! Click here to lean more about how we support our community. 


Our commitment to conservation sits right at the core of who we are - we are the only ‘full service’ 100% no take & conservation focused dive shop in the country. This means that we focus all of our energies on education, conservation and the restoration of our oceans. We run regular ‘clean up’ dives to extract as much ocean pollution as we can. We carefully choose our products and run our activities to have as low an impact as we can. We’re a “100% AWARE” store, so a portion of every single course fee goes straight to Project AWARE to help with ocean conservation efforts. We support grassroots and citizen science projects here on the Island. Click here to learn more about our conservation work.


For customer service, well… We love diving and snorkelling just as much as you do, and we know just how precious your leisure time is! So we have a “no worries’ return & exchange policy, small groups for all our activities, cheap (or free!) postage for online orders, NZ diving’s most epic price match policy plus a friendly smile in person or at the end of a phone / email / messenger or instagram chat 7 days a week! Click here to read our customer reviews on Facebook!


We’re stoked that we get referred to as “NZ’s most fun little dive shop”!