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Dive Review of Oceanblue in
New Zealand/Poor Knights Islands

Oceanblue, Sep, 2009,

by Mike Szathmary, NC, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5107.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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