We are pretty new to diving and have kids who are junior certified, so safety was of utmost importance to us. We chose The Dive Centre because they were most knowledgable and experienced, taking care of us thoroughly. Our teen daughter hadn't been able to complete her certification in the US, and she was able to finish with Sascha - who was patient and low key as an instructor (we all wish we'd had him as our instructor!). We had a total of 5 dives among us over the week and it was the highlight of our trip. Their snorkling tips were spot-on too.
Rental equipment was in perfect condition with a huge selection of sizes (we needed XXS to XL) and the dive spots just what we wished for. They had a really nice boat and we liked that their boat is smaller so we got personalized service, not a mass-dive boat experience. We spent a lot of time in the shop, and did dives with and without the kids...Sascha tailoring our dives to what we wanted to accomplish and see each day. On our guided dives, he pointed out things that we'd have totally missed...it was amazing. As newer divers, we also learned a lot from him and the other experienced divers in the shop.
Both Sabine (who runs the shop) and Sascha are awesome. They both have a wealth of dive & island knowledge and are willing to share it. The service is amazing. After my first dive, I mentioned that I was a little cold...the next day I had a warmer wetsuit waiting for me (I didn't even ask for it!)
The unfortunate piece is that we will now compare all our dive shop and dive boat experiences to this and I am afraid we'll be disappointed. We want to go back to Rarotonga just to see these two and dive with them again!
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