We had a great experience with Yukon dive! The day started at the pier where we were decked out with all the gear we needed for our dive. All the gear was relatively new and well maintained, being thick enough to counter the quite cold water. We then met the skipper, other travellers and staff and were on our way to the poor knights! The ride there was 50 minutes in which time we were briefed on our dives and safety gear and provided with free cookies and coffee. The staff were all very helpful, knowledgeable about the islands and well experienced - one woman on our boat even had dives named after her on the poor knights!
I'm a relatively new diver and my partner is quite experienced so that is always a bit of an issue as we want to dive together but he will get longer dive times if he goes with more experienced divers. The staff were kind enough to let us do one dive together and one dive seperatly which worked out perfectly for us.
The first site was a really cool arch (pictured) which had an underwater air bubble and thriving reef with good marine life. I was helped into my gear as I had forgotten some of the basics of setting up and then we were in the water ready to go!
They dive experienced divers seperatly to begginers which was good particularly when my partner wanted to do a more explorative and longer seperate dive. On the first dive we were joined by three other girls all also pretty new to diving. It did feel very cramped under water and I think the dive leader might have been panicking at times but it was really fun once we all got settled and our boyancy sorted. He showed us all the best spots and was very helpful when I had problems with my weight belt at 12 Metres.
Once our dive was over we got back to the boat and were taken around the islands while we had free soup for lunch. We were taken to the big cave with great acoustics and then to other arches etc. all of which you can see from a small deck on the top of the boat. A couple of other girls commented on how good it was to do that on the boat as they paid for a seperate tour the day before that went to the same spots and they could have done it all in one hit.
We then arrived at the second dive spot which admittedly was similar to the first but still very beautiful. This dive was a bit easier as there was one less person in our group now that my boyfriend had joined the experienced divers.
On the way home we were lucky enough to see some dolphins doing flips in the bay before arriving back at the marina. All of our gear was looked after by the staff and we were good to go after getting the info to fill in our log book.
Ultimately, even though the first dive was a bit stressful it was still a very fun day. I would imagine it is better than Tutukaka dive as the group was smaller and there were quite a few regular experienced divers to show around. The other experienced divers also all spoke highly of the business over Tutukaka dive. To top it off, the service is also available for snorkeling and kayaking is available at the islands from the boat. All in all a great day out and well carried out with great gear and knowledgeable people in a more intimate setting - I would definitely reccomend it!
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