The Dive Centre

For the divers who have been to Bicheno (pronounced “bish-eno”), and have fond memories of some of the older dives (Golden Bommies, The Castle, Bird Rock, Muirs Rock to name just a few) there are many more being discovered by visiting divers on exploratory trips. Have you heard of "Guinea Pig"? No! It is a towering granite boulder just 1.5 metres below the surface down to 30 metres with swim thru's surrounding the base. The only thing wrong with this dive is you will have to move all the fish away to see the sponges and sea whips in their full splendor.

Looking for something shallower? 20 metres, "Canuck Rocks", with its scattered swim thru's and a magnificently bejewelled wall that will blow your booties off!  For the macro photographer nudibranchs and sea spiders add even more colour to the wall, and for the wide-angle lenses crayfish pose in the many rock ledges.

The Staff at Bicheno Dive Centre are not only very capable, but also only too willing to share their knowledge of their many dive sites to mainland and local divers alike. With Bruce Priestley, skipper of the Devil Cat "IRUKA", you couldn't be in better hands.

Bruce a SSI TXR Technical Instructor with a world wide reputation for the excellence of his training courses is available to pass on his knowledge and experience, ensuring a complete diving experience with Bicheno Dive Centre.


Owner, Bruce Priestley is enjoying working with staff to ensure a first class centre, providing quality equipment and a friendly service. Bruce has had many years experience in diving, and built the business up since purchasing it for the benefits of his customers.The "Centre' also offers a wide selection of quality "Oceanic" equipment (Bicheno Dive Centre is an Oceanic Scuba Centre)  complete with dive computers for your safety. Deco stops on all dives are mandatory.

Seven day a week dive . which can be planned to suit the individual group. Full gear hire or purchase, with tank filling air, nitrox ,trimix facilities.

In winter when diving is best, with water visibility reaching 30 metres and  more, you may have the pleasure of diving amongst schools of dolphins or to swim alongside the whales who use Bicheno as a stopover during their migration.

Boat Dives leave twice daily 9.30am & 1.30pm. It is necessary to arrive at Dive Centre approx 45minutes prior to departure.
Enquiries: re Dive Courses with SSI Instructor Bruce Priestley Full Gear Hire & Accommodation provided to Course participants.