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Dive Review of Dive Tutukaka in
New Zealand/Poor Knights Islands

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Roger Cooper, DC, USA
Report Number 3486
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
New Jersey, California, Florida, Most of the Carribean islands and Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
21   to 22    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive with buddy  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
On a trip to New Zealand with my non-diving spouse, managed to get in three
days of diving in New Zealand. New Zealand is said to have more divers per
capita than any other country and the diving at Poor Knights Islands (on
the East Coast of the North Island) helps you understand why. Poor Kights
is a series of volcanic peaks some miles off the east coast of the North
Island. The unique aspect of Poor Knights is that it is a complete
sanctuary -- no boats are allowed to land on the islands and the animal
life is totally protected -- something like the Galapagos without the
people. Beneath the surface we encountered huge stingrays cruising the
channel and tunnel between two islands. They looked like battleships but
swam like eagle rays. Also saw large schools of fish, eels, scorpionfish,
The highlight was a large Manta Ray that passed below me just after I
surfaced.  I believe it was Cousteau who said that the Poor Knights offered
"the best sub-tropical diving in the world". So if you are
planning a trip to New Zealand, where there is much to do that does not
involve diving (whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, world class fishing,
amazing hiking, etc.), don't pass on the diving. It is sub-tropical, with
the water temperature running 69-72 degrees F. (21-22 C.) and air at a
lovely 79 degrees in early March (end of their summer) but fine in the
appropriate wetsuit.
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