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Snorkelling at Poor Knights Island

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When searching for things to do in Northland you’ll probably come across snorkelling at Poor Knights Island somewhere near the top of the list. This was top of our To Do list for a long time and then one day Leah was working in Whangarei so we jumped at the chance to take advantage of the locality and booked our excursion using BookMe.

Snorkelling at Poor Knights Island

What an experience it was snorkelling a Poor Knights island. We loved it and would definitely do it again. I’m even considering doing my scuba diving ticket just to go back out there and dive.

The boat trip out was amazing, the coast along New Zealands Northland is breath taking and worth bringing your camera along for. Tutukaka is lovely and worth exploring more as we wish we travelled around a bit more but unfortunately we tried to cram everything into a long weekend.

Once we got to the islands we spent some time being shown by the captain some different dive spots. He took the boat into a huge cave, the water around these islands is amazing. When we pulled up at our first dive spot you could already see fish swimming around from the boat. We got into our wetsuits and watched the scuba divers set off. Once they were gone us mere snorkellers were then free to jump in, swim around and watch the fish below us. There were sections along the rock face with hundreds of fish. It was amazing!

Snorkelling at Poor Knights Island
Snorkelling at Poor Knights Island

Poor Knights Island Snorkelling

We then set off to another spot and had a swim around, looking at all the different species of fish and were amazed at how different the rocks and sea bed looked, even though we were just the other side of the island. Honestly we couldn’t recommend doing this enough, we loved it! and can’t wait to go back.

If you’re interested in visiting Poor Knights Island we recommend checking out Northland NZ or BookMe for some great deals and information on the area. We stayed in an Air B’n’B in Whangarei as this was a great base for visiting a few different places in the area. Though next time we venture up north from Auckland I think we’ll check out the Bay of Islands as well.

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