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Underwater Photo Location: Okiwi Bay, Marlborough Sounds, Nelson

Underwater Photo Location: Okiwi Bay, Marlborough Sounds, Nelson

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Okiwi Bay is a great place to dive for Scallops when the season is open. The bottom is sandy and has a variety of marine life such as Rays, Skates, Seahorse, Flounders, Octopus, Leather Jackets etc. In winter the sea can get down to 9 degrees and in summer up to 21 degrees.
Okiwi Bay offers access to a wide variety of diving in close proximety including Cray diving and Wrecks.
Depending on where you are diving the depth can be anywhere from 10m to 30, but on average 20m. The viz varies depending on what season it is and what type of weather has been, but an average would be 6m.
On the rare occassion Orca's have come into the bay!
Facts about Okiwi Bay, Marlborough Sounds, Nelson
  • It is in New Zealand
  • Okiwi Bay, Marlborough Sounds, Nelson is in the Tasman Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-20 Metres 0-60 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 3-10 Metres 10-30 Feet.
Dive types
dayboatwreckcavewallnightdriftdrysuit

Marine Life
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Diving facilities
airhireinstructionguidedfriendly

Photo facilities
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by Janelle Johnson
This photo was taken while on a Scallop Dive. The water was 10degrees and I was pleasantly surprised to come across the Seahorse who happily posed for me.
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