Because of its close proximity to Auckland and its sheltered location, Goat Island Marine Reserve is a very popular place for people to explore either with mask and snorkel, kayak or scuba gear. The reserve covers five kilometres of coastline and extends 800 metres off shore.
During my visit over summer I donned a mask, snorkel and fluoro wetsuit for a look at the underwater wonders. In the lee of Goat Island the clear calm water was a pleasure to dive in. I had barely adjusted my mask and rounded the first corner of an underwater reef when a large snapper peered into my mask. He didn’t seem to notice my surprise and continued on his way as other smaller fish circled around him.
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