Diving the HMNZS Canterbury

We spent Monday traveling up to Paihia so by the time Tuesday

morning rolled around we were all bright eyed and bushy tailed rearing

to go.  For a lot of us this would be our first wreck dive so you could

sense the excitement amongst the group! The weather was marginable

at best but with our boat Whakaari Express an 8.5 meter rib with twin

200’s on the back the wind was not an issue!! Once out at deepwater

cove we were ready to dive the HMNZS Canterbury!


Rolling into the water you could just tell that this was going to be awesome.

I don’t think anything could’ve prepared me for what I was

seeing.  Slowly descending down the mooring line this was phenomenal.

We had about 20 meters worth of visibility so everything looked

amazing!! As the ship came into view we were all in awe, seeing this

huge Navy ship sitting on the bottom of the ocean was just

unbelievable. Swimming along to the bow hovering just above the ship

all we could see was endless blue, huge schools of fish were off the

front of the boat with the odd kingfish flying through the schools

catching their dinner.


On our way back to the accent line we swam around the ship looking

into all the doorways and passageways. Even swimming right into the

bridge posing for a few photos. After we had ascended and done our

safety stops we were all back on board, everyone was buzzing about their dives

and super EXCITED!!! to jump in for the second!


Written by Dive HQ Albany

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