Scuba Diving Rarotonga

This is your chance to explore the vivid underwater world of the Cook Islands with the Rarotonga dive experts.

Scuba diving in Rarotonga means clear, warm waters with fantastic visibility and diverse marine life. The Dive Centre is a full service dive operation that can cater to all needs, whether taking you out for your first bubbles in the lagoon or leading experienced divers on tour of a breathtaking underwater world outside the reef.

Discover Lagoon Dive

Dive in 1-3 meters in the sheltered marine reserve for approximately 40-50 minutes.

You will receive an introductory lesson (how to use your equipment) from one of the experienced professionals in the dive centre. You will learn how to communicate under water, then be kitted out with scuba gear and walk into the lagoon to explore the underwater world. Aroa Marine Reserve has some of the best coral on the island and you will see a huge variety of tropical fish, up close and personal. After your first breath under water, you’ll swim out to the reef to one of the best spots on the island. There you will have 45-50 minutes just to relax, watch and get comfortable with your equipment.

Previous dive certification is NOT required for the Discover Lagoon Dive.

Dive Trips

Two tank dive trips typically operate twice a day (morning at 8:00am; afternoon at 12:30pm), and The Dive Centre will endeavor to vary the dive sites as much as possible, with more than 20 to choose from. There are four main launch spots: Avatiu at the main harbor on the north; Avana Passage on the east; Arorangi on the west; and a beach launch on the south side of the island. With vehicle access to all four launch sites, boat trips to the dive sites are short.

All boats are equipped with VHF radio, mobile phone, first aid kit and emergency oxygen, and are manned during all dives.

Each dive trip takes a max of 6 divers per guide, and dive times are restricted only by your air consumption and no decompression limits. Diving is typically at 5 to 30 meters where visibility is 20 to 60 meters (65 to 200 feet) depending on weather and wind conditions. Usual water temperatures range between 22 to 28 celsius (winter to summer).

Night dives are available on request (minimum 2 people).

Rates Include:

  • Transfers
  • Dive equipment
  • Water and snacks
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen

Recommended to bring/wear:

  • Swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Water and snacks
  • Dive certification card & log book (certified divers doing Dive Trips only)