Our Liveaboard boat is the Research Vessel Acheron, with a sense of adventure, and a little bit of luxury – we deliver exploration of the Poor Knights Islands and beyond.
A 24 metre Kauri built Live-Aboard with four twin-share en-suite cabins, and one twin-share cabin.
We do between 4-5 dives a day at different sites around the Islands. The choice of which sites to dive is made on the day by the Skipper and crew, and is based on exactly what the weather conditions are doing and the experience of the divers on the day.
In between dives we have an hour and a half surface interval during which you'll have time for snorkelling, kayaking, working on your suntan, eating lunch and drinking complimentary hot drinks which the crew will make for you. We'll also take you on a tour round the Islands to see the magnificent archways, caves and cliffs - and into Riko Riko Cave - the largest surveyed sea cave in the world.
These times can however be a bit "dolphin dependent" - we never know just what we'll see in a day that slows the boat down a little..
The boat will be anchored over night in the complete Marine Reserve that is the Poor Knights Islands, and the night life is not just in-water – the bird life is incredible, and an evening under the stars is pretty epic.
The first dive will be at 11am, the second at 1.30pm, the third at 4.00 pm, the fourth Is a night dive at dusk, so that depends on the season. In the summer months there is every chance of a fifth dive, allowing the fourth dive of the day to be at dusk. Timings will vary, but there is certainly the option of diving as much as you can.
A dawn dive at 6am is scheduled, with the second dive of the day at 9am. A noon dive, and then a final afternoon dive at 3pm before we head home to Tutukaka, aiming to arrive by 4.30-5.00pm in the evening.
The Twin Wrecks along the coast here are optional and can most certainly be dived on the way out to the Islands.
Three trips a week.
Depart Monday- return Tuesday.
Depart Thursday- return Friday.
Depart Saturday – return Sunday.
A minimum of four is required to run a trip, and if you have ten people, then you can book us up and tell us when you would like to go.
Acheron Adventure with all your own gear is $795
Acheron Adventure hiring tanks and weights is $845
Acheron Adventure hiring full kit is $995
Drysuits also available and PADI Dry Suit Specialty can be taught on the trip. $195 and suit hire is inclusive.
Drysuit hire is normally $65 daily.
Linen is inclusive and includes duvet, sheets and pillow cases, bath room towel.
All food is included. Snacks, lunches, breakfast and dinner. Dietary requirements catered for as best we can, please advise at time of booking if you need anything extra special and yummy.
Maximum capacity at 10, ideal at 8, and minimum of 4 required to run.