Cruisy Day at the Aldies! Drones, Diving and Dope Fishcakes!

I’ve been talking for a while with Pete May aka The Flying Kiwi, and photographer Rach Stewart, about getting them out to the Aldies for the first time.

A nice little window popped up, so I put a call in, and got them out on the water. The plan was to gather just enough for a feed on the water - some dope fishcakes, with kumura and hopefully paua, kina and fish. Park up and get some epic drone footage of the Aldies.

The water was super clear, and as we cruised around Slipper Island, Pete capture some epic scenes!

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As we ventured further afield a big pod of dolphins graced our presence

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We hit the Aldies, and what better to do than don some wetsuits and get a few paua and kina!

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It might have been late May, but the water was super toasty and clear!

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The Aldermen Islands are the remnants of a jurassic volcanic crater, one of the earliest sea volcanoes in New Zealand. The terrain is simply epic!

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It was time for a feed! Paua, snapper and kina fish cakes - simply dope!

Scallop Diving at the start of the Coromandel scallop season

If I had to choose my favourite seafood, scallops would have to be right up there. You can’t beat them raw, fresh out of the ocean ala naturale!

It is always exciting when the season opens on 1 September, and as has been tradition for a few years, a bunch of us head up to Opito Bay and have a mini scallop festival of our own.

This year we found them fat as and in good numbers

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It is a bit of a tradition to cook up a storm on opening night, this year it was scallops three ways - scallop and pineapple ceviche, scallop roe fritter topped with ala naturale scallop, plus in garlic butter in their shell. Nectar!

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My daughter Bella has recently done her PADI Open Water dive course with Dive Zone Whitianga, and she was keen to have her first crack diving for some scallops, so we looked a little closer to home, and while they were not as thick, we got a nice feed. It was awesome to see Bells enoying her diving and helping me gather a feed of scallops - it doesn’t get much better!

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