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“Don't miss it”

Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
Ranked #8 of 54 things to do in Whangarei
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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420 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
“Don't miss it”
Reviewed 12 April 2010

We went on the "perfect day" cruise with Dive Tutukaka. Not to dive - but to snorkell and kayak. The snorkelling was amazing. The water was clear and sealive prolific. We have snorkelled in other places in the world and this was as good or better.
Schools of blue mamo, big snapper, terakihi, butterfish, kingfish, goat fish and schools of hundreds of smaller fish. Snorkelling through the arches and in the caves was amazing colour and light. Crusing around the islands and in the largest sea cave in the world was great. A nice lunch too. Rough trip over - but can't control the weather.

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“Good diving!”
Reviewed 22 February 2010

Im used to diving in Egypt or Mexico etc, so the diving was different to waht i was used to, but in a good way.

Loads of kelp, but once you get through that, there are some real gems to be found. We spotted a huge scorpion fish, a grey moral and a yellow moray and some cool nudibranches. Plus went into the largest sea cave in the world.

I have heard that at certain times of year, manta rays have been seen also.

We went with Dive Tutukaka, by far the most professional dive organisation i have ever been with.


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Yorktown Heights, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Amazing Diving!”
Reviewed 29 January 2010

We took the advice of Jacques Cousteau (from his top 10 list) and took the trip to the Poor Knights Islands to dive the Blue Maomao Arch. We chartered through Dive Poor Knights in Tutukaka marina and captain Bruce shuttled us off to the islands for two great days of diving. We managed to get into The Landing Bay Pinnacle, Northern Arch, Middle Arch, and Blue Maomao Arch over the 4 dives. Beautiful seawalls were filled with colorful plant life and hidden creatures. Huge stingrays meandered in and out of our arches. Schools of blue maomao and snapper above and below your head were absolutely stunning. If you dive you must go here. Must!

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