Kia ora koutou. Hope all is well for you all on land. We have had a epic day, starting early, pre-dawn ‘up and at ‘im’. We weighed our anchor whilst dark this morning and peaked our bow out of Whangamumu Harbour, heading out to sea. ‘Tis the special time of Matariki, and low and behold, there she was perfectly suspended next to Venus in the last of the night sky, as we headed out into the dark. Equipped with hot chocolate and plenty of warm clothes, we perched on lookout and watched the day colors gradually come, and the last of the stars sink away. We were on our way to dive the Poor Knights!!!
We had breakfast and did our chores underway, and with all the wet suits warming in the sun, we were ready as ever once we got there. First we stopped at Rikoriko cave, and took a dingy ride in. Then we went around to the eastern side of the big island, and donned our suits. In we all went, to the underwater world, surrounded with blue maomao, huge snappers, a seal, the mega packhorse crayfish (hands off though! Its a marine reserve!), caves, kelp, jellyfish, and all the rest you can imagine.
Once everyone had had their fill in the water, we chugged our way back to the mainland with enough time to throw a line in to try to catch a fish. Unlucky are we, but lucky so that we have something else for planned for dinner.
We are tucked up at Tutukaka, anchor in the mud, and expecting our third gale of the week to come through tonight or tomorrow. Good night whanau.