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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

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Address: Whangarei, New Zealand
Phone Number: 6494343867
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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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Dive Tutukaka

What a great trip. The dive shop helped us with our gear and loaded on the boat. The dive masters were great. We had Dawn for our leader and she was fantastic. We dove at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
dandelion2
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Palmdale, California
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Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a great trip. The dive shop helped us with our gear and loaded on the boat. The dive masters were great. We had Dawn for our leader and she was fantastic. We dove at Middle Arch and Trevor's Point. We had 7mm wetsuits and that kept us comfortable. Our oldest son wore a vest with his swim trunks- no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When the visability is great , & you enjoy a smoothe trip over ( less than an hour ), you will experience one of your best days in your life . Visability is best in autumn . Whether you swim with the Rays in the Northern Arch , or relax & explore Nursery Cove , or experience the Blue Mou... More 

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Thank H G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is "Amazing" It's like snorkelling in a massive fish tank If u love snorkeling and recreational water sports this is a must do! No fishing to eat allowed - its one of the best marine reserves in the world with a cave so massive the whole big launch can fit in and you're not allowed to put foot on... More 

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Houhora, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had an awesome couple of days out at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve, about a half hour trip from Tutukaka and was fortunate to experience some great diving, fishing and scenery such as the world's largest sea cave Riko Riko, with about one hectare of sea surface inside the cave - it is massive!! The diving was spectacular -so many... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a serene place where you can marvel at the underwater whether above or below the surface. The water turns light blue as you head out from the coast.

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Thank lindejudd
Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful day out by either charter or private boat. Snorkelling, diving, kayaking, paddle boarding possible here.

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Thank Frances M
auckland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Typical boat trip out from Tutukaka and then dumped into the briny to explore the depths. Have to say that there was not a very good display of fish even down at 30m Perhaps we will have to revisit to experience what is supposed to be there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took a boat into the cave and spent the night in there. Had an amazing night and was well sheltered from the sea. Had a great time jumping off boat and swimming in the reserve.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The father of scuba diving Jacques Cousteau named this one of the best dive sites in the world. It was certainly a different experience from the warm water tropical dives I usually do. The water is cold (20-21*C) but with a 7mm wetsuit, it isn't uncomfortable, though you may need to be more conscious of your buoyancy. Under the waves,... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

One of the top ten dive spots in the world according to Jaques Cousteau. Remnants of a 21 million year old volcano of unusual viscosity. Huge caves in and around the islands from huge air pockets in the magma. Can dive / snorkel many of these caves. unusual sea life in some of these caves that are normally seen at... More 

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