Diving from a boat in Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve
Image: Vincent Zintzen | ©



Beneath the waves at the Poor Knights, the caves, arches, tunnels and sheer cliffs provide a great variety of habitats to explore.

For boundaries, tide and other information download the MarineMate app.

Find things to do and places to stay Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve

Boaties can enjoy the coastline, archways, and clear waters but you are not permitted to land on any part of the islands or rocks.

The islands are renowned for their diving and snorkelling – Jacques Cousteau rated the area as one of the top ten dives in the world.

Protect our marine reserves
  • No fishing of any kind.
  • Don't take or kill marine life.
  • Don't remove or disturb any marine life or materials.
  • Don't feed fish - it disturbs their natural behaviour.
  • Take care when anchoring to avoid damaging the sea floor.


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