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Old 02-01-2011, 10:10 PM   #1
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May/June trip. Help needed

I am a cadet at the California Maritime Academy. Each summer, we take our 500 ft. training ship, Golden Bear, to a few international ports to get sea time towards our licenses. This May/June we will be heading to Samoa, AUS, NZ, and Hawaii. We will only be spending three days in each port, but I would really like to get some diving in. I was planning on bringing a 55 inch wood midhandle, a 130cm wood euro, and a 90cm aluminum euro, along with my dive gear/floatline/floats/etc. I have experience diving in Coastal California and its islands, with depths up to 80ft. I have some bluewater experience but not much.

Im posting this to help get an idea of what to expect in each county, if diving is accessable, and if someone wants to take me diving. I've included my schedule below.


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Pago Pago, American Samoa----5/18 to 5/21

Wellington, New Zealand----5/29 to 6/1

Sydney, NSW, Australia----6/6 to 6/9

Lahaina, Hawaii----6/24 to 6/27

Honolulu, Hawaii----disembark ship on 6/28
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:38 AM   #2
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Re: May/June trip. Help needed

Dude thats the dead of winter in the southern hemisphere.
NZ is a beautiful place to dive but I don't think you are going to be running into any kingi's at that time of the year(Do they even get them on the south island?). I have never been to the south island but NZ is packed with spearos. Call a local dive shop in the area and they will gladly help you out. Kiwi's are awesome people, probably the most genuine I have ever met, you wont want to leave.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:16 PM   #3
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Re: May/June trip. Help needed

yes kyle, i know what season it will be. i'm just looking for a liitle direction is all. i mean, in norcal we dive in the dead of winter.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:29 PM   #4
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Re: May/June trip. Help needed

I know we have a few NZ divers on this board but I think they are all north island. Might want to shoot them a pm and see if they could help you out.
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:59 PM   #5
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Re: May/June trip. Help needed

If you're into bluewater hunting you should look into in Samoa. I've heard of good yellowfin runs there, just what I heard though, u should research it to see if its solid.
A good Samoan friend of mine here tells me they cook with a lot of octopus there.


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thanks for the help
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Re: May/June trip. Help needed

wellington is north island, you can probably find some snapper if its not too cold, blackfish (smaller) and maybe some other morwongs and trumpeters with be around rockpiles. theyre all pretty gpod to eat. most of the larger fish wont be around inshore unfortunately. sounds like an awesome trip! kiwis are honestly the nicest people you might find someone who'll be stoked to show u their favorite spots!

the diving around sydney probably wont be very good, maybe head up the coast towards forster. the area around seal rocks used to be very good, albeit sharky. might be a national park now, not sure.
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bring a surfboard.
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The reef fish in American Samoa are going to be harder to shoot and less populated than even Lahina. There are some nice yellowfins beyond the reef just be careful of the waves and crazy currents there. They are really bad even by norcal standards. Also I would not string fish on your belt unless you like fighting sharks Western Samoa has some reef fish if you are able to get over there.
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