A favorite dive site of the Dive Zone crew, Okaparu reef is a fully submerged, rocky garden covering five acres. The upper surface is about five metres below the water with the slopes of the rocks falling away to either side. Okaparu is also subject to the surging of the seas around it however, the currents are not as strong as those at Astrolabe. The highlight of this dive is the swim through at 23 meters, as such, any Open Water divers who wish to dive the swim through must do so in conjunction with a PADI Deep Adventure Dive (which will contribute to their Advanced Open Water certification).. The area is an explorer’s wonderland of valleys and rocky crags, busy with interesting sea life and full of colour.
We meet at Dive Zone Tauranga at 8.00am to complete the necessary pre-dive registration & to arrange any rental gear requirements that you may have.
Complimentary transport from Dive Zone to the marina is available.
Bookings and prepayment are essential for all trips. We reserve the right to pick alternative dive sites if the conditions do not allow us to safely dive Okaparu reef. Trip payments may be transferred or refunded only if adverse weather requires us to cancel the trip completely.
. If you would like to use your own BCD, you must be equipped with a visual signalling device (safety sausage or similar), an audible signalling device (whistle) & a dive knife or line cutting tool. Your BCD/regs must also contain an alternate air source (octi).