Who uses the Marine Reserve?
– SCUBA Diving There’s loads of great dive sites within the boundaries of the marine reserve. Most of them are able to be dived from shore. Check the local dive shops for more information and hire gear
– Kayaking When the swell drops the Kayaking is superb. You can get in close to the rocks and even right round Taputeranga Island in Island Bay.
– Swimming During the summer months the sheltered bays and beaches are full of swimmers. The area is also safe enough for experienced ocean swimmers to get out and train
– Surfing During a swell Houghton Bay becomes a pretty good surf spot. Also there is a nice little break off the eastern side of Taputeranga Island for the more experienced surfer
– Snorkelling Along with the Island bay snorkel trail, and like the diving, when the conditions are right snorkelling anywhere in the reserve brings reward after reward
– Rock pooling For the days when in the water is not the best, stay on land. The geology of the area means that there are loads of shallow and deep rock pools. You can find everything from nudibranchs to small fish. Anemones, starfish and all manner of seaweed.
– Scientists The area is home to the University of Victoria Marine Laboratory. NIWA, who are close by, use the area and it is also home to the Island Bay marine education centre.
– Families With sandy beaches, rock pools, cafes, safe walking there is a bit for everyone in the family