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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
pmepham2017
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 the water, the colours of the reefs and plants and the teeming fish that take... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 forget the experience even though it was 30 years ago. If you get the chance,... More 

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Maleny, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went on a trip on Perfect Day boat, had a wonderful time. Early February, perfect weather. Saw lots of fish while snorkeling, and saw a large group of common dolphins and aone whale on the trip back to Tutukaka.

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Thank KevinRL
Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most beautiful places in the world. It is stunning and a must see in New Zealand as well as other parts of the Bay of Islands

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Joined the Perfect Day for a days snorkelling. We were just incredibly lucky diverting to see a large pod of pseudo-Orcas and bottle nose Dolphins on the trip out. The snorkelling was terrific. The young staff could not have been more helpful, enthusiastic and friendly to. It is aptly named Perfect Day!

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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A brief 45 minute boat trip brought us to a wonderful calm bay at The Poor Knight's Islands for snorkelling. Many shoals of fish and amazing fields of kelp to swim in but we needed the wetsuits as only 19 degree sea at most.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in Northland, definitely spend at least a day out in Poor Knights. Even if you don't scuba or snorkel, the scenery and caves are amazing. If you do dive, I think this is probably the best place in NZ to do so. The water is full of fish, nudibranchs, eels, and stingrays with better visibility and overall dive... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful protected marine area in NZ, no fishing allowed so the sea life is rich and abundant. Amazing rock formations, tunnels and caves to travel through by boat. Stunning diving location.

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Thank po_tds
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its about 12 miles of the East coast, departure from Tutukaka where there are a number of good operators, including Perfect Day and Yukon. New Zealand typically has about a 15 know wind blowing but these boats will usually travel quick enough that if you get seasick it is only a 30 minute trip before you are in a sheltered... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great days outing to experience the wonderful islands, the famous Riko Riko cave and to enjoy the wonderful undersea life that the islands have.

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