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Written by Nick Stringer, The Guardian   
Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Sweet Ceratosoma off Poor Knights Island. Photograph: Frank Burek/Corbis

Nick Stringer, Emmy Award-winning director and producer of wildlife documentaries, walks us through his favourite places in the world to see nature at its finest

9. Bay of Islands,

For divers

I was only in the Bay of Islands for a few days but it was so memorable; the killer whales, the dolphins and the Tolkien-esque landscape, but mostly the diving at Poor Knights Island. Its volcanic origins have created precipitous cliffs, spectacular drop offs, caves, arches and tunnels, while the converging water currents have resulted in a unique biodiversity. Subtropical and temperate marine life coexist with more than 125 species of fish, soft corals, vibrant anemones, ecklonia kelp forests and mating sting rays, to name a few. It's not hard to see why Jacques Cousteau rated it one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Its distance from the coast makes it slightly tricky to get to but it's a journey well worth making.

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