Off the eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island lies the eroded remains of a 4 million year old volcano, now known as the Poor Knights Islands. This small chain consists of three main islands connected by a number of small islets, and have been uninhabited by man since the early 19th century. Having been declared both a nature and a marine reserve, the waters surrounding the Poor Knights are bursting with marine life, from abundant soft corals and colorful macro life to lush kelp forests and large pelagic species like manta rays, dolphins, and sharks. A variety of diving is available here, including deep dives, caves, caverns, walls, and wrecks. Even snorkelers and sight-seers will have much to observe and learn from a trip to this incredible locale. An excursion to the Poor Knights Islands is definitely one to consider if you’re ever visiting the New Zealand area.
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