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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

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Address: Whangarei, New Zealand
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: World-renowned diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau rated this reserve, notable for...
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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I grew up with this place as my backyard so at certain times of the year I was out there everyday. It went through a time of over fishing but now when I visit the speed at which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Canada
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316 reviews 316 reviews
271 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

While on our trip in New Zealand, we had planned on having a diving experience like nothing we had ever experienced before. We carefully chose the best diving boat, the best diving instructor, and the best diving location. Being new to the sport, we received plenty of basic survival instruction. Unfortunately, we weren't instructed about the dive itself … After... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I grew up with this place as my backyard so at certain times of the year I was out there everyday. It went through a time of over fishing but now when I visit the speed at which the fish and marine life has returned is amazing. If you have the right certs and can do it a night dive... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Not much to see at Frazers Landing unfortunately but the dive through the Blue Mao Mao Arch was just amazing. Crystal clear water and a fun time diving through the arches and seeing the sunlight break. Colorful Rocks and Fish were just beautiful!

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Portland, Oregon
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76 reviews 76 reviews
43 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

One of the most beautiful places on Earth. Must visit during the summertime in New Zealand. There were so many fish and birds. Healthy and happy animals. It was just fabulous.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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148 reviews 148 reviews
53 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Our first trip was on the excellent Perfect Day outing but since then we have refularly taking our own boat there. The underwater life is incredible - so many fish. Amazing to think our coast would all be like this if not for fishing. There are thousands of fish and the walls underwater in the arches are an amazing collection... More 

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Flers, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

I did my first dive on the poor night island, it was justo so perfect. The staff was really nice, the view under the see, unbelievable, weather perfect. We also saw some dolphins on the way back. If you are looking for a place to dive, choose this knee, you won't regret!!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Must-see! Loved the "A Perfect Day" tour. Plenty to do for all. So grateful we have such a beautiful reserve and are allowed to experience it! A win/win for marine life and people alike!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The fish were friendly, the water was very clear, and the cave was amazing. Amazing variety of fish and we even saw some rays.

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Mossel Bay
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We always dive with Dive Tutukaka and you can't go wrong. Great staff and kit /boats in great condition. It's a gorgeous site with coves and banks galore. Well worth the money- even though South Africans can hardly afford it. This is one trip I don't splutter to do!

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Went snorkeling here as part of the Perfect Day trip and it was beautiful. The sea was perfectly clear and there were millions of fish to look at. It was my first real snorkeling experience and it was spectacular.

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Address: Address: Whangarei, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei

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