Near The Sister Rocks on the western side of Great Mercury Island is a large bay. We just anchor up, chuck on scuba tanks and 10 minutes later we’ve got a bag full of scallops; they are just there on the seabed. Likewise we catch snapper right off the back of the boat, so you can fish in comfort and style.
The north-western arm of Whangaroa Harbour is a good holding anchorage with serene water. You can take a kayak up into the mangroves and go up streams, or do bushwalks. Nearby is Kauri Cliffs, rated one of the world’s top 100 golf courses, so after exploring you can relax with a game.
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Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace ship bombed by the French intelligence service (DGSE) in 1985, has been re-sunk in the Cavalli Islands and you can dive the wreck, which is covered in colourful sea life. She’s in about 22 metres of water and you can go with a guide.