Date: 07 March 2012
Youngsters still have a chance to join a snorkelling trip to view sea life in Tonga Island Marine Reserve with the event now being held on Saturday, 31 March.
The “Take a Kid Snorkelling” trip, part of Seaweek celebrations, was due to have taken place last weekend (3–4 March) but was postponed due to strong winds which also caused poor underwater visibility.
Youngsters aged from eight to 17 can be booked in for the fun, learning day on the Abel Tasman National Park coast by contacting Aqua Taxi, phone 0800 278 282. The trip, led by Department of Conservation and Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi staff, and marine educators, will involve marine-themed games and learning activities as well as snorkelling to explore rocky reefs and see captivating sea creatures.
Snorkelling experience isn’t needed. Children should be accompanied by parents or other adults. A ratio of one adult to two children is ideal. It costs $25 per youngster and $45 per adult. The trip will depart Marahau at 7.30 am, families to meet at 7am.
A reminder invitation is also going out to a community snorkelling day in Horoirangi Marine Reserve on Sunday 18 March from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm, based at Glenduan, ‘the Glen’, north of Nelson city. It is open to everyone aged eight and over.
People are asked to bring their own snorkelling gear if they have it but gear will also be available to loan at the event being hosted by Experiencing Marine Reserves Coordinator Megan Wilson with DOC and the Nelson Environment Centre. An adult observer must be with children aged 15 and under.
If the weather is bad that day the community snorkelling day will be postponed to the following Sunday 25 March.
The events celebrate Seaweek taking place this week, 3–11 March, the theme of which this year is ‘One Ocean – Too Much Love? Turning the Tide’ which explores the wide variety of different uses, passions and expectations of the sea and their conflicts and impacts now and into the future.
Rudy Tetteroo, DOC Motueka Community Relations Programme Manager, phone +64 3 520 1810
Megan Wilson, Experiencing Marine Reserves Coordinator, phone +64 3 528 8978 or 027 6638909