Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, Whangarei

(4.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
With an extensive biodiversity and appealing rock formation, the waters of Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ranked among Jacques Cousteau's top ten dives around the world. Plunge into this special habitat offering fresh perspectives on the underwater inhabitants that live just off the island's coast. Renowned for its diving and snorkeling potential, the reserve gives seasoned divers and non-divers alike a great opportunity to explore what lies beneath, with tour operators and diving instructors based by the waters. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve by using our Whangarei travel itinerary maker.
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  • Run away! Do not stop on this activity! A real plant! And it's just because Mr. Cousteau said that it is "one of the 10 best dives in the world"? -EXORBITANT prices! $ 289 NZ (equivalent to € 200) for 2 mediocre dives, because there is nothing to see under water: 2 stone, some clown Nudibranch 1-2 fish fish and that's it!... More a lot of current, you spend your time has cling to the algae, and this isn't even a drift dive!... - Mr Cousteau before going out of such nonsense would be thinking about the consequences, because the club benefits from advertising, and divers are ripped off! For me dive in New Zealand absolutely not worth the money because the sites are very poor. Go to New Caledonia or French Polynesia! You will not be disappointed. The seabed is beautiful, the water is warmer, and much cheaper prices!
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  • Joined the Perfect Day for a days snorkelling. We were just incredibly lucky diverting to see a large pod of pseudo-Orcas and bottle nose Dolphins on the trip out. The snorkelling was terrific. The yo...  more »
  • A brief 45 minute boat trip brought us to a wonderful calm bay at The Poor Knight's Islands for snorkelling. Many shoals of fish and amazing fields of kelp to swim in but we needed the wetsuits as onl...  more »