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We are the leading certifying dive centre in the country and a PADI 5* Instructor Development Centre, offering a wide range of diving courses in the Cook Islands. 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 all the way to Instructor levels, we have dives to suit you!

For all your equipment needs, we’re the Cook Islands distributors and service centre for Scubapro, Suunto and Mares products with online sales available at

Dive Centre


We're committed to preserving our diving environment and to that end and to compliment our Coral Transplant Project, we have just gained the permissions and authority to install 6 new fixed moorings on the West of the Island at our popular sites. This has been a process involving Ministry of Transport, National Environment Service and Cook Islands Tourism. They should all be in place by the end of 2022.


About us

Neil owns and runs Dive Rarotonga – here’s a bit about him and the Team

Neil learned to dive in the spectacular conditions of the UK, with experience gained predominantly at Stoney Cove, Capernwray & Porthkerris in the Atlantic!

First diving in the 80s and finally taking it up seriously around nine years ago, he is a PADI Master Instructor & EFR Instructor Trainer. CD being his next ambition.

Working for several years within his UK Dive Centre & then in Madagascar as Dive Safety Officer and training all the way from Discover Scuba to Assistant Instructor Neil has decided that warmer waters are far more fun! It’s taken a while, but the Cook Islands seem to be the place to be despite experiencing Egypt, the Maldives and many places in between. RYA Powerboat qualified with Cook Island Boat Master certification and with a passion for sharing the amazing aquatic and marine world, he is keen to perpetuate everyone’s love of the water.

Training Marine Biologists to dive on and around the amazing Barrier Reef system in the South West corner of Madagascar finally convinced him that the Tropics and associated fauna are for him.

Neil teaches multiple PADI Specialities, has written Five approved PADI Distinctive Specialities based around Coral Reef Conservation and transplantation learned in Madagascar and is a factory trained Mares and Scubapro service technician. He also has an engineering and Health & Safety background, with NEBOSH certifications in the latter.


Selina is a PADI IDC Staff Scuba Diving Instructor. She has been a PADI professional for 10 years and has certified hundreds of divers. The majority of her diving career was spent in the warm waters of Thailand where she gained valuable experience teaching and motivating divers to continue their PADI education up to professional levels.

Originally from New Zealand Selina moved to Rarotonga in 2017 so she could experience what the Cook Islands had to offer. She has not been disappointed and has had many memorable diving experiences here including diving with humpback whales and hammerhead sharks.

"I like to give divers a fun safe environment where they can relax and be in awe of the beauty of Rarotonga’s underwater world."


Steve Ellery

Steve hails from South Wales and is both a PADI Speciality Instructor and Technical diver. He has a wealth of Safety based experience gained from service with the Royal Engineers and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Steve is also an IDEST Visual and Hydraulic cylinder Tester as well as a level 1 and 2 Scubapro technician.


Andie Vaughan

Andie hails from the Isle of Wight and is A PADI Speciality Instructor with an impressive history of Safety experience gained from many years working with the RNLI there. She brings Offshore Power Boat and Sailing Instructional experience with her to the Team.

Dive Rarotonga Team