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Dive Review of Dive! Tutukaka/na in
New Zealand

Dive! Tutukaka/na, Feb, 2004,

by Barry Zigas, DC, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 935.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Calif., Cozumel & Yucatan, Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos, FL, Hawaii, Turkey, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 19 to 21 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 25 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Surface at 60 bar, second dive no deeper than first after 90 min. SI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Did 2 dives on Poor Knights Islands. Dive! Tutukaka one of the most organized and efficient operations I've dived. Check in very well done, gear rental handled quickly and seamlessly. Boat thoroughly equipped, oxygen, rinse tanks for photo bugs. Very good briefings, very thorough interviews of divers to determine experience and buddy-up singles like me. Divers left to selves on time. Great swim throughs in volcanic formations. Rich animal life, clouds of blue MouMou, large eagle and stingrays lolling in sand channels, nudibranches, sponges galore. Kelp meadows for variety, large cod and rockfish. Hot intant soup, coffee, tea, chocolate served on board after dives, hot shower on aft. Long surface interval for lunch, which can be ordered for $NZ 10 and stowed aboard -- sandwich, cookie, fruit. Whales breaching on return, skipper tried to get us in for closer view despite delay in return it caused. Great trip.
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