Dive the Hen and Chicken Islands & Sail Rock


The Hen and Chicken Islands, with Sail Rock close by, offer divers clear visibility, exciting diving terrain and an abundance of temperate and sub-tropical sea life. 

‘Sail Rock, the high point to the southwest of Hen Island has steep walls above and below the water. White common Anemones are prolific and among them are Triplefins and Tiger Shells. Schools of Blue Maomao, Sweep, Trevally and Silver Drummer abound. Occasional Kingfish hunt here in summer. The walls drop to boulders at 20 metres, then gradually shelve to more than 30 metres. There are Crayfish and large Yellow Moray Eels in the cracks.’

‘The Hen and Chicken Islands are more sheltered with kelp-covered boulders between 10 and 30 metres. The boulders hide a few crayfish and there are schools of Goatfish, Blue Maomao, Trevally, Red Moki and Demoiselles.’ (Tony & Jenny Enderby, NZ Photojournalists)

Hen & Chicken dive trips with Outer Gulf Charter include 2 dives, sausage sizzle, coffee, tea, hot chocolate & hot soups, hot shower, and a DIVER LIFT. Usually arriving back at Leigh Harbour by 4-5pm depending on weather conditions. Travel time to the Hen & Chickens is approximately 35 mins to 1hr, 30 mins depending on our destination.

Hen & Chickens Islands Dive Trip – Prices

  • $165 – divers
  • $210 – with 2 tanks & weightbelt
  • $265 – with full scuba equipment hire
  • $165 – Snorkelers includes mask/snorkel, fins and wetsuit
  • $100 – sightseers
  • Hire prices 
  • Trip schedule

Sail Rock/Hen Island

Travel time to Sail Rock and Hen Island is approximately 25mins-1hr depending on our destination.

  • $150 – divers
  • $205 – with 2 tanks & weightbelt
  • $250 – with full scuba equipment hire
  • $150 snorkelers (includes mask/snorkel/fin & wetsuit hire)
  • $100 sightseer

Group Bookings

Our charter vessel the ‘Apollo’ can be hired at $1850 inc GST per day by dive groups or clubs (up to 16 divers). Multi-day trips to Great Barrier can be arranged upon request

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