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

Dive Tutukaka, Mar, 2007,

by Roger Cooper, DC, USA . Report 3486.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 21 to 22 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with buddy
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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, etc.
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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