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Dive Review of Dive! Tutukaka/na in
New Zealand

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Barry Zigas, DC, United States (6 reports)
Report Number 935
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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