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White Island or Whakaari is one of the few places in the world where you can dive near a live volcano.

Name Dive Site:White Island, Whakaari
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There are very few places you can dive a live volcano, but White Island, which has been steaming away for centuries, is something quite unique. Climb to the crater edge of this active volcano in the interval between diving with abundant varieties of fish life including huge Kingfish, Stingrays, Moray Eels and massive schools of Blue Maomao, along with some of the biggest crayfish. Diadema urchins are almost unique to White Island and masses of these can be seen on a pinnacle dive known as Diadema Rock.

But what makes this place truly unique are the bubbling underwater fissures creating an underwater Jacuzzi. Warmer currents also mean nudibranches like those of the Poor Knights, and visibility of generally 20 meters plus. This fascinating place is brushed by the warm waters of an offshore current and offers exciting dives from pinnacles with 150 meter drop offs to cruisy reef dives.

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