Cruise to Poor Knights Islands with Snorkelling, Kayaking and Diving Options
Twenty-three kilometres off NZ's Tutukaka coast, just south of the Bay of Islands, this group of islands are a protected marine & nature reserve & world-famous for spectacular diving, including the world's largest sea cave and an abundance of unique fish, animal and plant life.
Arriving about 10.45 in the morning, from local accommodation, or via your transport, you will board directly on to a multi-deck luxurious vessel in the heart of Tutukaka. In 40-45 minutes you will reach the Poor Knights Islands, and a crew will fit you out with the equipment you require. On the ride over, keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins.
The snorkelling at the Knights is merely fantastic! The life in the top 5 metres is probably the most prolific, and the light makes it the most colourful area. The kayaks are yours to use for the day, and the bottom is often seen from the surface. Divers will be fascinated. No wonder Jacques Cousteau rated the islands in the top ten dive sites in the world!
We anchor up and serve lunch and stay in one spot for about two and a half hours, and you can bomb off the boat, try kayaking and SUP, go snorkelling, have lunch, grab a hot shower, jump back in the crystal waters, and eat some more! The time is yours, and a crew is here to help you to enjoy the time in this magical place.
Are you worried about the water? Can't swim as well as you would like? We have life jackets, reef boards, noodles, and flotation devices - as well as a camera that screens the fish action from below. You don't have to get wet to see the fish!
We have an onboard photographer, so jump in front of the lens if you want to capture some memories, the photos are yours for free, as they are uploaded onto Facebook daily.
At about 2.30 pm, we up anchor, and start our tour of the Islands, including the world's largest sea cave, huge arches, and majestic cliffs. A knowledgeable and passionate crew will tell you stories and educate you about our Islands as we travel. There is a tragic Maori history that unfolds around you, the dramatic cliffs and breathtaking scenery lend itself to the tale, and the birdlife is unique to the Island. Granted full marine reserve status and is a nature reserve as well, the islands are well protected and very special. Giant weta, 1000 tuatara, 2.5 million Buller shearwater birds, dolphins, gannet colonies, whales, stingrays, teeming schools of fish…..an awesome and unforgettable experience!
Prices are in New Zealand Dollars. The tour is available 365 days a year.
What is included: mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit and kayak hire; and a fabulous buffet lunch. If you are a scuba diver you will be provided with all gear.
What to bring: swimming togs, and a towel, sense of adventure and fun.
5 hours from 11 am to 4 pm
100% cancellation fee apply if you cancel the tour within 48 hours before the tour