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“Great organisation, very professional” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dive Rarotonga

Dive Rarotonga
PO Box 38, Cook Islands
(+682) 21873
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Ranked #4 of 49 Activities in Rarotonga
Type: Educational Sites, Adventure
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Owner description: We are the only multi-agency certifying dive centre in the country, so we are able to offer the widest range of internationally recognised diving courses and qualifications in the Cook Islands. We offer courses from Open Water to Instructor level and have the highest qualified instructors in the Country from the top two worldwide training agencies.At Dive Rarotonga we offer quality diving in a fun and friendly atmosphere - so whether these are your first bubbles, you are already qualified and you are diving for fun, or you want to progress your professional diving career, we have dives to suit you!
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Great organisation, very professional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Two dives on the afternoon, one to a wreck and one to a coral garden. Excellent equipment and professional guides.

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Tauranga
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“Raro trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We were in Rarotonga for a friends wedding so 4 of us booked a 2 dive day with Dive Raro. Well run organisation and happy with the gear supplied. Vis was very good but a bit disappointed with lack of fish life. Maybe the Cook Island need to set aside an area a a reserve so that stocks can build up like we have in NZ. Anyone who has dived the Poor Knights will agree. Seems that overfishing may have depleted stocks outside the reef a bit

Visited October 2013
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Enkhuizen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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“Professionals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Had a really nice, relax and very safe dive with Eduard & Paul. They showed a lot and help you where they can. A really profesional company with good gear and enthusiastic divemasters.

Visited September 2013
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tauranga, nz
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“Diving in Rarotonga...cool, fun, safe and very wet!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We have been to Rarotonga twice and both times we have dived with dive Rarotonga, we came in may 2012 and the wind blew and it rained a LOT!!!!! so the diving was sporadic due to weather conditions...
this time September the weather has been better but still windy++!!!! the dive crew joke that we bring the bad wind with us....ermmmm??

the dive centre is easy to find and seems to be constantly manned, we've never been in and not found someone to talk to...they will also take good care of your gear if you have it with you.
the boat is excellent and can take up to 10 divers I think, though we have never been out on it with that many, it is well maintained and has safety equipment on board and is always manned while you are in the water...they do have a second boat for diving the south side of the island which they use for beach launches..we never got to go to the south because of prevailing winds and swell...(which we bring with us off course)..lol. seriously the boat must be the best on the island for diving...
when diving in Rarotonga i think you have to remember that one of the bonuses is short boat times because the reef is close...you don't know what you will see as with any dive site..we did see turtles, small reef sharks, tuna and lots of the usual suspects plus some cool little blind shrimp gobies ...(thanks Paul)...tommy and telula are cool blue triggers who follow you on dives from the north coast...which is where is most of the diving happens. We did the mai tai wreck which we thought was cool, the Avraua passage was also a nice dive site which they had not been to for a while, others on the boat said they really liked that one too...
we got round to the west a bit and did some lovely dives in small swim throughs and caverns, they were cool dives...
There was a guy on the boat who said that the cook islands reef wise are like a dessert isolated from other eco systems to a degree and sometimes it can feel a bit that way, but we thoroughly enjoyed our dives we did 12 in the two weeks we were here, the dive crew did there best with difficult weather to vary our experience, you have to remember also i think that the crew has to cater for many different levels of diver and divers they don't know, you cant just drop ten divers off a deep shelf and expect to bring them all home, especially not if some of them were as bad as some of the divers we had out on our trips!! some could not even read there gauges to know how much air they had let alone how deep they were...get prescription masks for f's sake!!....how the reef survives at all is beyond me sometimes with all the fin action it gets!
none of this is the dive's shops fault of course and until you get down you don't know how bad your visiting divers are even paul's metal tank banger had to be adjusted for volume and this made me flood my mask several times laughing!!!!
so all in all not the most spectacular diving in the world but we are very very very ++++ spoilt but it was cool, fun, well managed, safe and got us well and truly wet! we even got our first diving together under water photo courtesy of Edward ....cheers mate...and those ninja moves made us laugh too!

Dive Rarotonga are the way to go if you are going to dive here...

ps. we did hear whales too, forgot to say that, but never got lucky enough to see them under water though they passed within 40 meters of our bubbles!!!!!!! so Karen says any way..... arghhhhhhhhhhhh.....oh we also saw Ed wet and apparently thats rare...if you meet the crew you will understand...good fun all round....

thanks from giant stride Jon and bipolar Paula...the windy ones...from NZ

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“Very professional outfit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Due to a family issue I had to transfer my final four open water dives from New Zealand to Rarotonga. While the other dive companies agreed to start with the open water part of the assessment, Dive Raro wanted to do a refresher in the pool first. Being a slightly nervous student, I was happy to do this and went with them. I got one on one instruction from Eduard in the pool and during all four dives, which without doubt, has made me a much better, and confident diver. Eduard is a cheerful and reassuring dive instructor who calmly guided me through my open water skills, even when Things were not quite going my way. These guys are very professional, operate good margins of safety while also making you feel at ease.

The dive sites we visited (6 in total) are simply awesome and we saw turtles, reef sharks and many tropical fish - we also dived one of the local wrecks. The visibility in Rarotonga is superb (up to 30m+).

I will definitely dive with these guys when I return ( hopefully same time next year).

Visited September 2013
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