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Dive Review of Oceanblue in
New Zealand/Poor Knights Islands

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Szathmary, NC, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5107
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Caribbean, Florida and Bahamas, Flower Gardens, North Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
surge  
Water Temp
55   to 65    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Great area for photography, boat set-up for photographers lacking.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
First of all, I must say that the diving at the Poor Knights Islands is
some of the best I have ever done.  Having done most of my diving in the
Caribbean/Atlantic, the life and topography of the Poor Knights is
different than what I am used to.  It is obvious that this is a protected
area, and has been for a long time.  If you can put up with the cold water,
the diving is well worth it.

The boat, on the other hand, was a major disappointment.  I am a big
believer in first impressions, and the one of the boat was not positive. 
Frankly, its a rust bucket.  There has not been any TLC on the craft in a
long time.  Rust and spiderwebs everywhere.  To me, this is a reflection on
the owner and the skipper.  The owner, Kevin, was on the cruise and seemed
totally disinterested during the whole time; assistance only rendered if
asked for.  The skipper, Jef, was on his own agenda.  He rushed us through
our three dives on the last day so he can get back to port early to go to
some function. Of course, he  regaled us of all of his dive exploits and,
so typical of some dive professionals, acted like he was the ultimate
uber-diver.  Food was basic and adequate.

There are not many choices to choose from for overnight trips to the Poor
Knights.  Dive Tutukaka is the major op in the area, and they seemed to
have their act together even though we didn't dive with them.  They do not
offer liveaboard options, however.

In sum, we didn't let the shortcomings of the boat distract us from the
diving.  The diving at Poor Knights is worth putting up with a sub-par op;
you just have to roll with the punches.

 
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