Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
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World-renowned diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau rated this reserve, notable for its excellent visibility, as one of the top ten places to dive in the world.
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Melanie T
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
You could see just as much if not more snorkelling than diving. Great experience and can recommend Dive! Tutakaka.
Written 3 April 2022
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Keryn611
Christchurch, New Zealand106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
We absolutely loved our day out at Poor Knights Islands on the boat, Diversity. Steve and Jackson were awesome captain and crew. Because only 8 of us were on this trip we got to go to two different bays where we enjoyed snorkelling. It was the absolute highlight for me. So many fish and stingrays to see. I didn't want to get out of the water! It was great sailing through the arch and also into the sea cave. Lunch was delicious sandwiches with fruit and snacks. I am hoping the underwater photos are put up on the fb page soon! Can't recommend this trip highly enough.
Written 24 March 2022
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Harsh
Mumbai, India9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Since Diving was on my list during my visit to New Zealand. Visited this place- it is absolutely beautiful.

Arranged my dive program with Dive Tutukaka, The water is clean and blue, got a glimpse of dolphins on our way to the dive site.

The marine life is rich. The corals and plankton are abundant in nature and absolutely stunning to watch the fishes and turtles too.

If you are a diver, you must definitely visit this island for a memorable experience.
Written 25 March 2020
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Bob H
Mississauga, Canada17,997 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited this area on a cruise and had a great time. The scenery was beautiful. We were lucky and saw dolphins... The Hole in the Rock was fantastic to see...
Written 18 February 2020
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Daria G
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Stunning "Wow" place to visit with "The Perfect Day" daily cruise boat. The water was colder than I expected but seeing all the fish while snorkeling made it all worth while.
The marine reserve is 22 kms off shore, with caves, tunnels and arches which are truly exceptional. A fabulous place to visit and experience even as a resident of NZ.
Unfortunately I got very sea-sick so I did not have such a good experience, however, the staff were brilliant and attentive.
A truly memorable experience.
Written 25 January 2020
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Michael P
Washington DC, DC80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited on the Perfect Day, which is a boat that visits daily. The island itself is a sanctuary and is historically Tapu according to Maori traditions, so landfall is not an option. The snorkeling area is well sheltered, relatively shallow, and teeming with marine life. Some caution is warranted depending on the nature of the surf - there can be powerful surges in some of the sea caves. Ask the boat captains - they know the area. There are diving opportunities but I can say (as a long-time diver) that 80% of what you want to see can be seen with a mask and snorkel. The divers go deeper, obviously; there is a steep wall-like decent in the sheltered cove. We saw sea turtles, rays, and too many fish to count. Much of the cove is entirely suitable for novice swimmers who are comfortable not touching the bottom (which is not really an option). Note that this can be done without a wetsuit in summer - but not for long. I used a 3/4mm wetsuit, no hood, full-foot fins, and gloves. The world's largest sea cave is nearby - most boat captains will take you in for a quick look.
Written 18 January 2020
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erna317
Whangarei, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Great experience! Wide variety of fish, they’re not scared at all, rather inquisitive. Good visibility.
Water colder than expected, even in summer so remember full wet suits!
Written 5 November 2019
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utoo2014
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
We had our own boat, but you can go on tours from Tutukaka, it is an amazing place to see our fish in their natural habitat. Snorkelling & Diving. We went into the cave, it was truly a WOW moment..
Written 5 July 2019
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theresaandross
Whangarei, New Zealand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Had a great day out, starting with breakfast at Oceans. Great food and service. Headed out to the knights on perfect day. Amazing day spent exploring the sea life. Food on the boat was very ordinary. Otherwise a great day
Written 4 June 2019
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Roanna R
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
Amazing! The islands are a reserve so forget your rod but have an incredible day discovering & enjoying this beautiful spot. The perfect place for diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, etc. The fish life is incredible, Ricorico cave is surprisingly, deceptively huge & the history of the islands is very interesting.
Written 14 May 2019
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