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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

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Address: Whangarei, New Zealand
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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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Brilliant trip

Had a lovely day out on the marine reserve on the organised boat trip. Area for snorkelling, kayaking, diving with lots of marine life. Very scenic. Wonderful day with family.

Reviewed March 4, 2016
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SCOTLAND
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Reviewed March 4, 2016

Had a lovely day out on the marine reserve on the organised boat trip. Area for snorkelling, kayaking, diving with lots of marine life. Very scenic. Wonderful day with family.

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Thank DEFB
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Reviewed February 29, 2016

This was an amazing trip, plenty of fish and rays, beautiful sites. Water was pretty calm and sheltered by the islands.

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Thank Mary S
Bristol, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2016

Dive Tutukaka provided a brilliant trip. we went to North Arch and Trevor's Rocks. Shoals of Mau Mau, ray's, nudibranch and great for both Diving and snorkling.

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Thank mimi A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2016

Well worth a trip here for a dive or snorkel, beautiful and plentiful marine life. In summer it catches the tail end of the warm water current from oz and the water goes a stunning deep blue colour making for great visibility

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Thank JoCorkery
Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2016

Day trip to the Poor Knights Island was a wonderful experience, we had a load of fun with great crew members. Interesting feeling of being wedged into a restrictive wet suit but this meant there was no problem with the cold water. Plenty of fish, although I was with a friend who had been there as a young man and... More 

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Thank citylady2015
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Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

Relaxing place. Not so many fishes the day I visited (that allegedly varies) and more jellyfishes than I like in my surroundings. Fines for stepping on the islands are also a let down. Still, a very beautiful and relaxing place, great for kayaking, snorkeling and other relaxing activities.

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Thank Rodrigo R
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2015

Although I wanted to see this place for many, many years as many people insisted that it is absolutely fab, I was rather disappointed on the day I finally made it out there. Yes, the surroundings are beautiful, yes, the boat company we used ('A perfect Day') was great, yes, kayaking around the various rock formations is fantastic - but... More 

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Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

We had the most amazing day! I snorkelled and my partner scuba dives, and we both felt it was an amazing experience! Will definitely be back!

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Thank Michelle R
Whangarei
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2015

My husband and I were gifted a Perfect Day and it was so aptly named. We had sunshine, a friendly crew and well informed captain, a lunch laid on and perfect conditions. We saw Orca as well to top off the day

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Thank Kapmallett
Whangarei, New Zealand
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69 reviews
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Reviewed October 1, 2015

This place is definitively one of the mecca of the diving world.But it is as well exciting seeing these islands and caves.

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