Diving the Poor Knights is a must for anyone in possession of a scuba certificate visiting New Zealand. There are many boats running day trips to the chain of islands but did a two day/one night live aboard with Ocean Blue. The obvious advantage to this is maximizing diving time along with the fun of staying on a boat and being looked after by the dive master qualified husband and wife team. Food was both all inclusive and wonderful.
The Poor Knights Islands and the waters around them are protected by 900m no fishing zone so the size of fish shoals can be quite staggering. Equally the diversity of soft corals growing on the walls and pinnacles, not to mention the animals that inhabit them, make diving there a unique experience. Larger predators, including Manta rays, Hammerhead sharks and even Killer Whales have been spotted there on occasion.
Watching the sun set over the islands with a sky full of returning seabirds finished off a fabulous day's diving.
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