Poor Knights Islands – Internationally acclaimed for scuba diving and snorkelling
The marine reserve around these off-shore islands, offer some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling experiences in the world. You don't need to be an expert diver to enjoy this experience, the fish swim around you when snorkelling even when you are on, or close to the surface, making it suitable for novices and family groups.
Warm currents attract hordes of fish and thanks to the excellent visibility in the crystal-clear water, the region has become firmly established as a world-renowned diving location. Rated by the prestigious National Geographic and Lonely Planet as one of the best dive sites in the world.
As an added bonus the marine reserve boasts spectacular, steep underwater drop-offs, plus caves, walls, arches, tunnels and reputably the world's largest sea cave.
Dive Tutukaka offer scenic cruises, scuba diving trips, snorkelling and kayak experiences. Our skipper allowed us to tag along with a diving party and kindly agreed to transport our sea kayaks. Our first stop was at the Needles. After the divers left the boat on their first dive, we enjoyed snorkelling amongst huge schools of fish.
We then kayaked from the Needles to the Poor Knights, meeting up with the boat again a little later.
After a tasty lunch onboard, we donned our snorkelling gear, once again marvelling at the abundance and variety of fish, before sea kayaking around the islands, exploring the numerous caves and tunnels along the way
Another advantage is that the Poor Knights are only 23kms from Tutukaka making for a relatively short boat trip of around 45 minutes.
Tutukaka is approximately 2½ hours drive north of Auckland, on the east coast between Whangarei and the Bay of Islands.
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