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Southland Seaweek 2020 Events

What: Rakiura Adventure Snorkel

Where: Ulva Island marine reserve, Rakiura (Stewart Island)

When: Saturday 15th of February 2020 10am-3pm (exact timing TBC)
Back up date of Sunday the 16th of February 2020

Details: Ever wondered what lives under the water at the Southern-most point of Aotearoa? Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves for our first Adventure Snorkel in Rakiura – Stewart Island, a guided snorkel and tour of Ulva Island marine reserve in Partnership with Stewart Island Adventures. We will be leaving from Golden Bay Wharf and travelling by water taxi for a day of snorkeling/freediving at two locations See butterfish, giant bladder kelp, blue moki, trumpeter and crayfish in beautiful clear southern waters.. Read more about the day in the information sheet.

Getting there: Transport to Rakiura (Stewart Island) is not included in the cost. Please see the information sheet linked below on how to get onto the island.

What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes and lunch. If you have your own snorkel gear you are welcome to bring it along – please note it needs to be fit for purpose (no full face masks). Medication: if you suffer seasickness – take medication first thing in the morning.

Cost: EMR is assisting Stewart Island Adventures to provide the snorkeling – $200pp + booking fee

The information sheet for this event can be found here – please read it prior to purchasing.

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