Dive the tropical blue of the South Pacific

Diving the Cumberland

Diving the Cumberland

Here in New Zealand and Australia we are so lucky having most of the world’s best diving locations either on our doorstep or only a short flight away.

Now that warm sunny summer days are but a distant memory and winter starts to bite, it is time to start thinking about the warm turquoise waters of the tropical South Pacific where manta rays, humpback whales, sharks and schools of big fish are all waiting for you. The South Pacific is home to an astonishing variety and abundance of marine life, with around 500 different types of coral and some 1600 species of fish recorded. Here you can experience awesome wreck dives, exciting drift and wall dives, night dives, a kaleidoscope of colourful soft and hard corals, shark feeding dives… The South Pacific has it all. Add in sunny blue skies, warm water, golden sandy beaches, tropical vegetation and friendly locals and it’s a recipe for a fantastic diving holiday. And the good news is, it’s never been cheaper to get there. Right now you can fly to most of the South Pacific for $420 – $495 per person.

Where’s the best place to dive? This is the most commonly asked question by divers. The answer is, there are as many different types of diving holidays as there are divers looking for that something special.

Whether your ideal dive holiday is: * A romantic getaway with a little bit of diving * Full on action packed adrenalin pumping diving * Full on WWII wreck diving: history you can see and touch, above and below water. * Technical diving or training * A family holiday resort with some casual diving * Off the beaten track to far flung reefs, atolls and islands * To dive in pristine untouched tropical reefs * Snorkelling with humpback whales * Diving in a pelagic and predators playground: sharks, manta rays, orcas, big fish * To dive with hundreds of species of tropical fish, corals and marine life.

The tropical South Pacific has your ideal holiday waiting for you. Read through the following guide to whet your appetite and see what’s on offer.

Here’s a helpful guide to help you narrow your choices:

If you want to dive with:

Humpback whales: go to Niue, (July until end of Sept), Tonga

Pristine corals, colourful reef fish: go to Fiji, Solomon Islands, PNG, Vanuatu, Tonga

Wreck diving: Santo – Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, PNG, Truk Lagoon – Micronesia.

Sharks and big fish action: Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands, Cairns.

Family fun: Vanuatu, Fiji, Rarotonga

Enjoy in the magazine hard copy 28 pages of destinations to help you escape the winter chills ….

Featured are: Vanuatu, Tahiti, Tonga, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Niue, Samoa, Fiji, Pitcairn, Queensland and the Poor Knights.

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