If you are visiting the North Island of New Zealand, no trip would be complete without a trip to the Poor Knights Islands with Dive! Tutukaka. Fun fact, the islands have been uninhabited since the 1820’s and are classified as a Nature Reserve, meaning they are teaming with beautiful underwater life. Cruises depart daily at 11am from the Tutukaka Marina, the boat ride to the islands takes approximately 1 hour and includes a detailed history of the islands and information about the islands current topography.
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Once you arrive and the boat is moored in a sheltered bay the crew will give you a briefing on all the available activities on-board as well as several hand signals and safety procedures. Lunch will be served and includes a range of sandwiches (including vegetarian options) as well as a side salad and fruit. Hot drinks including tea, coffee and hot chocolate are available throughout the afternoon. After a delicious lunch, you will have the option to partake in several fun activities including, snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking. If you are not a strong or confident swimmer not to worry the crew will assist you with a number of special flotation devices and ensure you get in the water and have a great day.
The bay is teaming with wildlife and depending on the time of year you visit you can see, turtles and rays as well as an abundance of fish all year around. In addition to the amazing wildlife there is 3 sea caves you can swim, kayak and paddle board into. Shark Fin Cave was my personal favorite and I think from the picture below you can see why.
Don't worry if you don't own an underwater camera the boat has a professional photographer on-board who is more than happy to snap some selfies with you!
At around 2.30pm its all aboard the boat as the crew pulls up the anchor and sets sail. First stop is one of the sea caves which is so large the boat can actually drive straight into it. It’s quite a sight I assure you. Then it’s onto a tour of the Poor Knights Islands including 2 sea arches one of which is the highest in the world. On the way back to Tutukaka be sure to keep your eyes pealed often you will spot a friendly dolphin playing the boats wake, or a whale blowing its spout.
I really can't recommend this tour enough, not only will you see some amazing underwater sea life and take part in fun activities but the crew on-board the boat are simply wonderful. I am sure your day will be filled with as many laughs as mine was!
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