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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

Whangarei, New Zealand
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Ranked #3 of 19 attractions in Whangarei
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Reefs, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Scuba diving
Traveler Description: Tutukaka is called the Paradise Coast, and with 26 beaches, from white sand to rock pools, seascapes, and estuaries, to surf beaches, bush and... more »
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The Poor knights is the most awesome place to go, the water is so blue and warm, i really want to go back there soon. I was aboard Lion New Zealand when I went

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Montreal, Canada
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53 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This place is amazing. I went on the perfect day boat and went snorkelling. I think it is the best snorkelling spot in New Zealand and you must do it. Not only is it amazing snorkelling with heaps of fish, but the views of the islands are gorgeous. Check out some of my photos here: http://photographyaddiction.com/tips-landscape-photography-boat/ We were lucky on... More

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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

be aware, they call 20 degrees warm water :) but once you'll get over the shock,it is amazing diving. through tunnels and caves, archways where the light filters through. massive crayfish and kingfish and the kelpforest is fun . to top it off, the scenery over water if breathtaking and when you're in the world largest water cave you're just... More

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

My husband and I took a boat trip out here (with Perfect Day) and did some snorkeling. I was seasick, so didn't see as much, but my husband got some great pictures of the fish. The caves and sea-arches are fascinating, and this is a place well worth visiting. Kayaking, snorkeling, diving, and just looking at the scenery are all... More

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auckland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

World class diving at this pristine marine reserve. We went with Yokon Dive, our 3rd trip with them, everything was superb.

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New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We left Tutukaka on a lovely sunny Northland morning and headed out of the Marina. It didn't take long before we could see the 'Poor Knight' lying on his back in the sparkling ocean ahead of us. On the way to the Islands we saw flocks of seabirds resting on the calm water. We didn't see any dolphins or orca... More

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Wollongong, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Awesome diving although a tad on the cool side. lots of caves, swim throughs, nudibranchs up the kazoo - obviously i spent most of the time underwater out there.

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Pattaya, Thailand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The dive operators were very well organised and the captain was keen to provide history of the dive site and islands. We were put on the advanced divers boat, but unfortunately a group of BSAC divers took over the boat with kit everywhere. So we had to wait for all of them to get in the water before we could... More

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Tokoroa, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Went out for the day and it was perfect. The boat ride was good with the crew giving us an amazing day. A must go with lunch included.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Great boat ride out into the blue, such a great place to explore underwater. So many fish species and life at the rocks. Keep your eyes peeled for the small nudi branches that live in the water. Such beautiful colours. Look out for stone fish.

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