Tutukaka coast is the gateway to some of the best diving in the world. Jacques Cousteau declared the Poor Knights Islands off the coast of Tutukaka as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. This is also a popular spot for big game fishing, several world record catches have been taken from these waters. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy the waters around Tutukaka including cruises and kayaking or strolling along sandy beaches. If you just want to enjoy the delicacies from the ocean the cafes and restaurants will be serving local seafood fresh off the boat.
Internationally recognised as "the best sub-tropical diving in the world", the Poor Knights Islands are on every diver's 'must-do' list. Washed by warm currents sweeping south from the Coral Sea, the Poor Knights Islands are an international icon 23km off the Tutukaka Coast. The island's volcanic origins provide myriad spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels, all inhabited by an amazing array of underwater life.
The complex underwater landscape is a unique environment. Subtropical and temperate marine life coexist with extraordinary diversity, beauty and density. A dive at the Poor Knights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, very different to coral reefs or diving on the nearby New Zealand coast.
Washed by warm currents sweeping south from the Coral Sea, the Poor Knights Islands are an international icon 23km off the Tutukaka Coast. The island's volcanic origins provide myriad spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels, all inhabited by an amazing array of underwater life.
The best way for non-divers to experience the wonder of Poor Knights Island. This special day-trip, Perfect Day includes sight-seeing, kayaking, cave explorations, snorkelling, swimming, sea mammal-spotting, snippets of fascinating history, Island facts and great food.
The boat is incredibly well fitted-out, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, upstairs viewing, plenty of facilities and the fabulous 'fish cam' feeding live underwater shots right into the boat. You will visit the world's largest sea cave, Rikoriko Cave by boat, and the various arches.
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