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Milford Sound dive trip details

Travel to dive in the Fiordland National Park:

Milford Sound is located in the Fiordland National park, on the west coast of the lower South Island, New Zealand. It takes 2 hours to drive from the closest town of Te Anau to Milford Sound.



The cruise / dive day overview:


During the summer we meet at 9 am at Deep water basin boat ramp in Milford.

We cruise the entire Fiord for 4- 5 hours and conduct two guided dives (for qualified divers, 1 for first timers) during that time on sites that we choose depending on weather and diver experience.

We supply a vegetarian lunch, hot drink and snacks for your surface interval.


We also offer single dive afternoon trips on demand in peak season starting at 4pm and finishing at 7pm. Please inquire about this option.


Altitude consideration:


The Milford Highway ascends to an altitude of 945m. Extra planning is required due to lower atmospheric pressures at altitude which speeds up the release of stored nitrogen in the body of a diver.


We guide to multilevel dive profiles and use leading dive computers in order to be able to safely leave the same day from Milford Sound over the pass back to Te Anau.


Equipment info:


We supply high end scuba diving equipment with warm 8 mm wetsuits as standard for the tour including vests, gloves, hoods and booties.


Available for rental are a full range of high end trilaminate drysuits. We can provide tuition if you have no previous drysuit experience.


The Milford Sound marine reserve:


Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) marine reserve was established in 1993. It became one of the first marine reserves in Fiordland and covers 690 hectares along the northern side of the fiord from the head of the sound to Dale Point. Fiordland's marine system is considered to have the highest concentration of black coral trees in the world (the trees are actually white). Normally growing at depths of 100 metres plus, due to the large amount of rainfall draining into the fiords and the high mountains blocking light from the water these beautiful giant corals have migrated to shallower depths perfect for viewing by lucky divers.


The vessels:


"Pacific Runner", our speedy ship is purpose built for diving. She is a 7m catamaran powered by twin 150 outboards making for a stable top speed of 40 knots fully loaded, has an extended dive platform with drop down ladder that makes entering and exiting the water easy, has an onboard toilet in the forward cabin, naturally oxygen and a first aid kit are kept onboard for safety. The boat is perfectly suited to carry a maximum of six divers plus crew.


First time diver experiences:


Unqualified divers are able to do a single dive guided 1:1 by one of our instructors. You are able to scuba dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres dependent on personal confidence during the dive. You must be a very confident swimmer and have good medical fitness. Milford Sound is a fantastic opportunity to experience scuba diving for the first time. We generally take a maximum of 2 first timers per trip. Please inquire if you would like arrange a trip for a group of 3 or more first timers.




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