Monday, February 28, 2011

Stanley Bay Primary School

For the third year in a row we have guided students from Stanley Bay in the marine reserve. Sea conditions were great, sun was shining and visibility improved as the day went on. Students saw big snapper, piper, eaglerays, goatfish, blue maomao and lots more fish. They also discovered the animals living on the rocky shore including crabs, kina, seaweed, chitons and limpets.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Tony and Jenny Enderby take snorkelling courses at Goat Island, every day weather permitting. No experience is necessary. You are taught how to snorkel and can gain a PADI snorkeling certificate plus receive a free fish ID guide. Bookings are essential and can be done by phoning Goat Island Dive on 0800 348 369 to book. A minimum of 2 people are required. A special rate is applicable for schools and groups over 20.

Scout Venturers

We guided a group of scout venturers at Goat Island where conditions were the best for the past few weeks. Very dirty water close in, but once out further it was like a curtain had been lifted and the visibility improved dramatically! Numerous snapper, blue maomao, sweep, silver drummer, leatherjackets and much more all around. Hundreds of very small jellyfish coming through the current down the channel. Wetsuits mostly protected us from their minute stinging tentacles. Water very warm and calm! All gained their PADI snorkelling certificate.

Pinehurst School

Students from Pinehurst School, Albany snorkelled with us at Goat Island and achieved their PADI snorkelling certificate. We saw plenty of fish life including snapper, blue maomao, rays, parore, kelpfish and spotties. After lunch we explored Echinoderm rocky reef at low tide where we saw octopus, trumpet shells, crabs, shield shells, kina and much more.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kura Kokiri

We took students from Te Kura Kokiri in Tauranga snorkelling at Goat Island late on February 1st. Visibility now improved after storm and nice and calm. Plenty of snapper, parore and goatfish to see. The students were all very good snorkellers and thoroughly enjoyed the break in their journey north. They all sang a song about Poi afterwards.