Underwater weed and fish, Long Island - Kokomohua Marine Reserve
This reserve is well-known to divers for its large, friendly blue cod, who may come up to you and nibble a finger. It extends 463 m (a quarter nautical mile) offshore around Long Island, Kokomohua Island and the unnamed charted rock northeast of Kokomohua Island, and protects a variety of typical inner Marlborough Sound habitats.
Snorkelling and scuba diving are the best ways to explore and meet the inhabitants, as this reserve can only be reached by boat. There are no jetties on the islands but a flat landing area (shingle spit, western side) on Long Island is a good place for picnics and bird watching.
Learn about the various marine habitats found in Long Island - Kokomohua Marine Reserve, how to get there, and what to see and do.
The best way to experience the reserve and its inhabitants is from the water. In addition to boating, snorkelling and diving there are also plenty of opportunities for bird-watching.
There is nowhere to stay overnight on the islands, however accommodation for every taste and budget is available throughout the Marlborough Sounds.
Find out how to get to the reserve, view a map showing its location and boundaries, and review the rules and regulations that must be followed once there.
View a map and find out about the boundaries of Long Island - Kokomohua Marine Reserve.
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