Far North in the South Pacific

Scuba Diving New Zealand's North Island
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Scuba diving in Poor Knights Marine Reserve, New Zealand
Diving in Poor Knights Marine Reserve (Destination Northland/courtesy, Tourism New Zealand)

About an hour's boat ride from Tutukaka, the tiny, uninhabited, and volcanic Poor Knights Islands were deemed the "best sub-tropical diving in the world" by Jacques Cousteau for the chain's pristine wildlife and profusion of caves. The captain of our 50-foot boat elicited oos and ahs from the divers as he piloted the ship through a massive keyhole formation on the island chain's north side and deep into a cave, where we whooped and hollered, making the most of the echo.

Before leaving on the charter that morning, owner and dive master Jeroen Jongejans told me that, "If you allow it, life outdoes your expectations." He was right. Swimming through the underwater caves and ogling the neon-colored nudibranchs will forever be imprinted on my synapses.

Contact: Dive Tutukaka
Where to Stay: Oceans Hotel and Apartments

Published: 4 Feb 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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