My name is Paula, I am a Dive Instructor from Argentina and this is my second year working with Yukon Dive at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve. Since then, every day when I talk with my parents and friends back home I always mention how lucky I am to work here.
Now, missing diving with the COVID-19 lockdown I decided to write about this place for others to know more about this wonderful New Zealand Treasure. First, I think New Zealanders are so lucky to have such a beautiful country with people who take care of each other. I live in a really nice community where people are so nice.
Yukon Dive is a small company and a family for me. We have a really nice relationship with the owners and co-workers and all of us are passionate for the ocean. Work here is about sharing that passion and opens our family to our guests that normally become new friends.
Poor Knights – What to expect
The Poor Knights Marine Reserve is a magical place, with lot of Maori history to tell and geologically amazing, under and above the water. With beautiful caves and archways to explore kayaking or by boat, amazing bird watching and the East Auckland Current that brings lots of life to the island.
The Poor Knights is a place where everything is possible under the water. It has a healthy ecosystem with beautiful kelp forests, really nice sponge gardens, gorgonian fans, anemones and corals. All offering amazing macro opportunity with lots of different nudibranch and slugs. Eels, big school of fishes and stingrays is something that you can see almost every day at the Poor Knights.
We also have seasonal life here, like seals, sunfish and tropical fish that make the islands beautiful all year around. And also occasional visitors like orcas, dolphins and whales. Such an amazing experience when they come close to you to say hello.
Poor Knights – What’s next?
I know the situation that we are living in globally with COVID-19 is really difficult. So, please take care and when it is possible please don’t hesitate to come to the Tutukaka Coast in Northland to visit the Poor Knights. I know the situation that we are living in globally with COVID-19 is really difficult. We will be really glad to share with you this New Zealand treasure.