Dive Cook Islands

For a romantic Cook Islands wedding or honeymoon, or a fantastic Cook Island package, choose Rarotonga (meaning 'down South'), the largest of the Cook Islands at 20 miles in circumference.

If you’re a dive enthusiast, you are most likely to visit this island if you intend diving in the archipelago. Only Aitutaki offers dive trips as well. All other islands don’t have dive operators.

Fringed by white sandy beaches and coral reefs, Rarotonga’s interior is virtually unpopulated.  Offering the most beautiful Rarotonga holiday homes and resorts, this mountainous and rugged inland area is covered in rainforest and streams that make their way down the steep valleys to the sea.

Our gorgeous tropical climate sees air temperatures between 18°C in winter (May to October) and 29°C in the summer (November to April), when it is also wet and humid.

Rarotonga’s approximately 658 meters above sea level and is completely surrounded by a reef building to the Lagoon’s outer side. The reef then slopes slowly down for 100-200 meters before dropping dramatically away to depths of over 4500 meters. The lagoon is fantastic for snorkeling, particularly at Aroa Beach and the Titikaveka Marine Reserve.

Beyond the lagoon, the reefs and drop offs fall away thousands of meters making for great dive sites. With caves, canyons, tunnels and some wrecks to explore. The best drop-offs are along the South coast, with the North coast offering the best coral growth. Rarotonga mostly has beautiful hard coral formations, rather than soft ones.

A Raui marine conservation program has resulted in the lagoon being abundant with all kinds of marine life and makes for great snorkeling.

The year-round warm water, easy access by boat-ride (from 2 minutes to max 20 minutes) allows divers to go out in virtually any weather. Diving is suitable for beginners through to experts.

For the professional diver, excellent cave diving, drop-offs and a wide selection of living coral are available. In the Cook Islands we have no deadly snakes, sting rays or great white sharks.

For more information on our amazing Rarotonga holiday homes, click here.
White tip shark
Diving with an Eagelray
Giant Nepoleon fish

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