Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

Misty morning campsite at Tutakaka

Dive Tutakaka !!

Tutakaka harbour complete with British built lifeboat

Pulling away from the North Island towards the Poor Knights Islands

Our first dive site, Mary´s Wall (you really need to be under...

The largest sea cave in the world

About to enter the largest sea cave in the world

Inside the largest sea cave in the world

On the way to the second dive site the captain drove the...

Our second dive site, Blue Mao Mao Arch (being inspected by the...

Waiwera sunrise (special offer, only one uploaded)

We drove from Hobbiton up to Tutakaka, the jump point for the Poor Knights Islands. Jacques Cousteau rated them in his top ten dive sights in the world. We found out why. Excellent visibility, abundent sealife and huge schools of fish. It was also good to get our first cold water dive under our belts. First dive site was Mary´s Wall, a wall that drops 20 metres to the sandy bottom. We saw scorpionfish (very poisonous but docile), nudibranch´s (colourful sea slugs, very pretty) as well as a kelp forest and lots of other fish. On the way to the second dive site the captain drove us into the largest sea cave in the world. Check the photos. Second dive site was Blue Mao Mao Arch, where we went through a 2 metre swimthrough (tunnel) and then emerged under an arch 10 metres down with a wall of blue mao mao, spectactular. We were then surrounded by a huge school of fusiliers that swam around us in rings. We must get an underwater housing for our camera.

Feeling the cold a little we drove back south towards Auckland to Waiwera. Yes you guessed it a thermal waterpark. This one complete with water slides and a thermal film pool. As the park closed at 10 pm Denis went down the slides in the pitch black. Next morning woke up to a quality sunset.

30/4/04 Pictures to follow, connection too slow in Punta Arenas. 20/5/04 Finally found somewhere quick enough. Cusco, Peru.

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