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Dive Rarotonga

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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About Dive Rarotonga
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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SMCK wrote a review Sep 2021
New Zealand5 contributions2 helpful votes
Dive Rarotonga truly are professionals, they provided spectacular service! We did our PADI Open Water Dive certifications with them. Selina was our PADI instructor, she truly is AMAZING, we felt comfortable and calm every step of the way, she was patient and explained everything in detail. We loved that safety was always top of the mind. Highly recommend Dive Rarotonga
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Jamie A wrote a review Aug 2021
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We dived with Dive Rarotonga twice, so a total of 4 dives altogether. My partner and I thought they were a great little dive company that we would recommend to others who are looking to dive whilst in Rarotonga. Particularly because we did dive with one other company (Pacific Divers) and in our opinion, we felt Dive Rarotonga were far better for a variety of reasons. Neil and Selena were very friendly and accommodating, the gear we rented was great quality and we had no issues whilst diving. Everything was well explained from trying gear on, getting it ready, introducing each dive site, dive safety and post dive instructions. Selena was our dive master for all four dives and was wonderful, very patient, professional and fun to dive with, even teaching us a few new things and kindly going through things step by step all with a smile. The dive sites themselves were great, with a beautiful plethora of fish and other species seen. Each dive lasted up to 50 minutes, but that is purely through our personal air consumption, Selena was fantastic in regards to keeping a safe eye on us and our air, as well as guiding us at a nice relaxed pace around the sites. This and the incredible visibility (20-30m) allowed us to explore and take in the beauty of the reef. We were gutted we couldn't have done more dives with Neil and Selena, they were fully booked until after we left, which speaks volumes. Overall a friendly, professional, safe and highly recommended dive company to explore Rarotonga's ocean with.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Chels & Kane wrote a review Jul 2021
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The team at Dive Rarotonga are absolute champions! My partner and I did our PADI Open Water Dive certs with them and had the most wonderful experience. Neil, Selena and Zoe are an awesome crew, super professional and friendly, with so much experience and knowledge to share. Selena was our PADI instructor and I couldn't have imagined anyone better to take us through our open water journey. She has the patience of a saint and made the whole experience fun and relaxed, all while making sure we were making progress and confident in the water. They know the island and the dive sites like the back of their hands. We were also able to purchase some top quality gear at their shop which we are very happy with. Highly reccomend doing your PADI certs. and discovery dives with these guys. You'll have lots of laughs and make some wonderful memories while you enjoy the beautiful world below 💙💦🐢
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Date of experience: July 2021
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FestivalGanger wrote a review Jul 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand27 contributions26 helpful votes
My review here is purely based on the email conversation I have had with the owner Neil, I have NOT visited Rarotonga nor dived with Dive Rarotonga. Me (dive instructor myself, though not professionally and not in active status this year) and my girlfriend were considering a holiday in Rarotonga. I emailed Neil with some questions and got a prompt reply with some answers. Kudos for that. I was however not pleased with the short dive times. The norm seems to be 1 dive of 50 minutes to a max of 18 meters followed by a 1 hour surface time and them a second dive of 45 minutes to 16 meters. This is short and unnecessary. When I guide divers in Thailand or Egypt I always give them dives that are pretty much a full 1 hour. The dives will be followed by a surface interval of about 1.5 to 2 hours. Most days have 3 dives. So the day takes 3 times 1 hour for diving plus 2 times say 2 hours is 7 hours, plus 2 hours back and forth to the dive sites on a comfortable boat. All in all that's about a 9 hour trip for 3 beautiful long dives. Dive Rarotonga is not customer focused, instead of trying to take the customer to the best dive sites and give them a decent bottom time (of say 1 hour), they opt (from what I've learned from other reviews here) for dive sites that are close by limiting the time needed to get there and they further reduce the time needed by having these short dives plus short 1 hour interval. So 1 trip (2 dives) take them say 45 minutes travel back and forth plus 50 minutes for first dive plus 1 hour surface interval (often spent on their boat which can't be very comfortable as the boat was not designed for that) plus another 45 minutes for the second dive. An estimated total time of 200 minutes or 3 hours and 20 minutes. The advantage FOR THEM is of course that this way they can cram 2 trips (for dive) in a single day. I understand it from their point of view, if their divemasters/instructors have to make 4 dives a day they have to be far more conservative with their dive times then a customer who would only make 2 dives
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Anne L wrote a review Jul 2021
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My husband and I pre-booked 12 dives each with this company. Zoe and Selina were great, both professional likeable people and we enjoyed diving with them. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the owner - Neil. Just be aware that Dive Rarotonga only takes you to a small proportion of the dive sites available possibly because they're a short boat ride from the harbour which means they can get in 2 morning dives (50 minutes and 45 minutes max if you're lucky) and then get back to the dive shop in time to take out afternoon divers. Our second to last day of diving was cancelled the night before due to 'bad weather' however in the morning plenty of other boats (including dive boats) were out on the water. We therefore changed dive companies (Adventure Cook Islands - great dives, separate review) for our last day diving as we didn't want to risk missing another day's diving.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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