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|Date Wednesday 11 December, 2013. 09:00 NZ daylight saving
time Time. Low tide at 08:50,21:20,(0.6-3.1m).
Condition: UNSAFE,BAD,POOR,FAIR,GOOD,VERY GOOD, EXCELLENT,
This is what the sea looked like this morning:Goat Island scattered cloud with sunshine, mild SW wind no waves and no swell . Sea very calm. Visibility good(4-10m).Temperature 15ºC but warmer at the surface near-shore. . Masses of broken kelp on the beach and in the shallows. A glorious day for snorkelling.
The Seafriends centre is open for gear rental. We've been renting the best safest gear for over 20 years! Open9-4PM every day till June 2013. From June-Sept, ring 094226212 to check we're open. Bookings welcome. Great coffees; tasty meals.
Watch our movie/slideshow on YouTube: The Fishes of Goat Island, part1, part2. 27 minutes. Shows the common fishes of Goat Island, with narrative and subtitles that translate into many of the world's languages.
A snorkeldiver lasts for 25 minutes without, but for 2-3 hours in our
unisuits with hood. $30 all gear all day 9AM-7PM! Discounts for groups
or families Discover Goat Island.
Matheson Bay: calm but murky.
Whangateau estuary: Clearest around high tide. Snorkel in the Whangateau estuary around high tide, sheltered from westerlies and northerlies. Visibility at high tide not monitored, but less than Goat Island.
Snorkel hire: cheapest, cleanest, huge choice, many sizes and optical masks for short- and long-sightedness. Visit Seafriends at the top of the Goat Island Rd for the best deals, most choice and cleanest gear. When the sea is still cold, most snorkel pleasure can be attained by wearing our fully covering double thickness 5mm wetsuits. A complete set is only $30 for the day, including a hood! Stay warm, stay safe, stay out of the sun, stay comfortable in a single long safety wetsuit (unisuit). Family and group discounts offered. Additional hoods are free. Optically corrected masks -8 to +4 diopters. Bright night-dive torches for night snorkelling. Take a warm shower after the dive, at Seafriends. No need to starve or go thirsty because the Seafriends Café is open 9-4 with great coffees and fresh food. Lots of information and marine aquariums to explore. Bring family and friends to camp nearby.
Help our education centre and help our local community! Remember, we
are the people fighting to save our seas - YOUR sea, your children's sea.
Find out why, on our web site. Support Seafriends!
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