Baxter's Reef from the Shore

February 23, 2024

Off to KaikĊura for a long weekend of diving with the fine folks from Dive HQ. We arrived in the afternoon of Friday so there was enough time for a shore dive on Baxter's Reef.

Shore Leading to Baxter's Reef

After walking in from the shore, we had a considerable surface swim to the descent point where we dropped a line from a surface marker buoy. The navigator for our dive built a small pile of rocks to eventually navigate our way back to.


This side of Baxter's Reef wasn't too remarkable. Some flora and fauna.


Wandering Anemone

School of Fish

I did get lucky after our turnaround point and saw an octopus.


Unfortunately, my buddy was already ahead when I saw the octopus so I couldn't spend any time with it before having to get moving to join back up.

At the end of the dive, our navigator did manage to find her way back to the pile of rocks and our surface marker buoy!

Baxter's Reef Shore

Location: Kaikoura, South Island, Canterbury, New Zealand


Dive Number:   249
Bottom Time: 56m
Time In: 5:02 p.m.
Tank In: 202 PSI
Max Depth: 14.90 ft
Table Used:
Mix:   Air
Safety Stop: 3m
Time Out: 5:58 p.m.
Tank Out: 77 PSI
Average Depth: 11.30 ft
Start Pressure Group:
Surface Interval:  
End Pressure Group:


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Everett Toews
TBT: 216h 37m