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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

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Whangarei, New Zealand
+64 9-434 3867
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Unbeatable experience

Absolutely amazing. You don't have to be a diver to experience this place: lots more to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
David S
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
Poor Knights Islands

Its an awesome place to snorkel with beautiful clear water and plenty of fish to see. The caves... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Whangarei, New Zealand
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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.
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good10%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“dive sites” (7 reviews)
“fish life” (6 reviews)
Whangarei, New Zealand
+64 9-434 3867
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing. You don't have to be a diver to experience this place: lots more to do...kayaking, sneorkelling, paddleboarding or just enjoying the wonderful scenery of these islands. A true gem in the crown of the Tutukaka Coast:

Thank David S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its an awesome place to snorkel with beautiful clear water and plenty of fish to see. The caves are great too.

Thank dianesander2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hope on a Dive Tutukaka boat and head out to the Poor Knights for one of the best scuba diving experiences in the world. If diving isn't your thing then snorkelling is just as good as there is just so much sea life out there....More

Thank Matt K
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Some of the best diving in New Zealand - visited for the weekend and stayed on a live aboard dive vessel. Not enough time to see all the sites/sights, but would definitely go back for more exploration. Excellent underwater visibility (25 metres) and loads of...More

2  Thank PBandLE
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Who would have thought that snorkeling and diving in NZ would be far better experience than the one at the Great Barrier Reef. It was amazing. Hordes of fish clinging to the walls of the island or just passing through just next to you. The...More

2  Thank Joanna J
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We booked the Perfect Day tour to snorkel the area. Wonderful! We have had the luck to take many a boat ride/tour and found this one to be excellent on all accounts. The boat, crew, equipment, lunch and information given were all top notch and...More

1  Thank K M V
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Gorgeous place. Fabulous protected snorkelling and diving. I recommend 'The perfect day' tours for this. They supply wetsuit, fins, mask luch, Yes, A perfect day. One of Northlands top activities without a doubt.

Thank Daniel F
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Just a quick 45 minute boat ride out from Tutukaka and you arrive at this stunning underwater paradise. The islands themselves are spectacular teaming with birdlife, but its when you explore under the water that the true beauty emerges. It dosent matter if you are...More

Thank Melanie D
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

A 45 minute motor in a spacious launch, purpose built for diving brings you to the world renown Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve. You cant help but make easy, quick friends as you anchor, suit up and take the first plunge. Its the clarity of...More

Thank pmepham2017
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I got my deep dive ticket here, absolutely fantastic, the sights were incredible, huge crayfish clinging to under water cave walls, where we were able to take our masks off and explore, massive schools of fish, the types were too numerous to recount. I'll never...More

Thank 11manager
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Carmen R
22 April 2017|
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Response from Daniel F | Reviewed this property |
Hi Boats only leave early morning. This is one of the world's premier destinations to snorkel and swim. Perhaps it could be reconsidered. I recommend this company above all other options.
22 August 2016|
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Response from Daniel F | Reviewed this property |
'The Perfect Day'.
14 August 2016|
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Response from Bruce C | Reviewed this property |
Dive Tutukaka sails out every day and distances are not as far as on the Barrier Reef - there is a hotel called Oceans right next to the dive office so that would probably be the best optiom.