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Grab some swimmers, bust out a rashie or squeeze into a wetsuit - Bay of Plenty Times readers have spoken out about their favourite swimming spots around Western Bay. Last year Mount Maunganui Main Beach was declared the best beach in New Zealand for the third time running but readers have highlighted other great places to take a dip. In no particular order, here are some of the favoured swimming spots in our region.
A classic favourite for kids and teens, Salisbury Wharf in Pilot Bay is sheltered, calm and well-loved as a jumping platform.
Little ones can splash and paddle in calm water in Pilot Bay, while the big kids can jump off the wharf to their heart's content.
After a swim, chomp on tasty fish'n'chips and wave goodbye to cruise ships.