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Great diving on the south island!

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by scottfiji, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. scottfiji

    scottfiji Solo Diver

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    My wife and I were lucky enough to dive Milford sound a couple of months ago.

    Milford sound was beautiful, as the boat left the dock we were surrounded by sheer cliffs and waterfalls. We plunged into freezing cold fresh water, swimming down until we hit a layer of warmer (but still cold) salt water.

    Huge trees of rare black coral could be seen at 40ft depth. Invertebrate life was rich, and sea lions swam by. There were nudibranchs and octopus on the walls. All of the sea creatures we saw, were wondering what we were doing there.

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    Black coral

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    invertebrate life

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    Scene from the ride back to Te Anau

    There's more photos and details in my Diving Milford Sound trip report

    enjoy,
    Scott
     
  2. AndyNZ

    AndyNZ Instructor, Scuba

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    Nice. I am hoping to find the time to get in a ten day liveaboard trip around Dusky and Doubtful Sounds one year..... one year.... soon.
     
  3. alijtaylor

    alijtaylor Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Wellington NZ
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    Scott

    It is a fantastic environment isn't it? The highlight for me was being out on the sound in a little boat dwarfed by the sheer cliffs and waterfalls. But there are a couple of interesting dives thrown in! I'm glad you had a good time.

    Alison
     
  4. scottfiji

    scottfiji Solo Diver

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    thanks Andy.. wow, that liveaboard sounds great.

    hi Alison - yes, it was a beautiful environment. So many waterfalls, cliffs, sea lions swimming around - the whole experience really made the day. I'm glad you got to do it also!

    Scott
     
  5. rps080

    rps080 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Portland, Or
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    Fantastic photos... I've just started planning a NZ trip for next year and have been looking at Milford. How cold was "cold" water? I'm use to 46-50 degrees in Puget Sound. Are dry suits available?
     
  6. alijtaylor

    alijtaylor Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Wellington NZ
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    The operation I dived with, which is the only one doing day trips, only took trips between I think October and April (NZ Spring/Summer), it has however changed hands so check with the operators. It was 14C when I was there in February. I would be surprised if dry suits are available but worth asking.

    Alison
     
  7. AndyNZ

    AndyNZ Instructor, Scuba

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    Probably not locally - but Global Dive in Auckland rent out drysuits, and you could probably arrange something with them; Global Dive - scuba diving training and travel - Auckland, New Zealand.

    If you need any advice on planning a trip, let me know as more than happy to help out.
     
  8. scottfiji

    scottfiji Solo Diver

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    It was about 14 degrees. no dry suits, but perhaps by special arrangement. I was fine in the 2-piece wetsuit though.
     

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