Meet our team

Meet the epic team behind Paihia Dive!

Paihia Dive is a family-run scuba diving operation situated in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. We have a strong team of passionate and experienced dive instructors. Our guests consistently leave us great reviews and give us positive feedback!

Craig Johnston


Craig grew up in the Bay of Islands and learned to dive when he was 15 years old. He then started working at Paihia Dive filling tanks and working in the shop on weekends, and diving has been his life ever since. Craig worked as a senior skipper for ‘Dive! Tutukaka’ for 9 years, and returned to the Bay in 2010 to run the dive shop that he grew up in. Craig has dived around the world and brings over 25 years and 9000+ dives experience into running Paihia Dive.

Lisa Johnston


Lisa is the other half of the Paihia Dive team. Lisa met Craig when she was holidaying in the Bay of Islands and after they got married in England moved back to the beautiful Bay of Islands. She runs the shop and their three boys. Sons Hamish, Toby and Vinnie are Dive Masters and Skippers in waiting!

Robert Heaps


Toby Johnston

Shop Crew / Freediver

Hamish Johnston


Sophia Manneville


Vinnie Johnston

Shop Crew


Boat Dog


Shop Dog

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