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Dives for certified divers

We dive the beautiful reef surrounding Rarotonga 4 times a day, 7 days a week

  • Boats manned with rescue trained staff whilst you dive; on EVERY dive
  • Marine VHF radio, flares, DAN Oxygen and first aid kits on board
  • Safe dive times and depths within multilevel limits
  • Ladder available for easy boarding
  • Max of 8 certified divers
  • Cylinders hydro tested, in date and air analysed and certified O2 clean
  • NO children under 15 on standard guided dives
  • NO learn to dive students on the boat
  • Qualified skipper who remains on-board during dives
  • Dives guided by a qualified Divemaster/Instructor
  • Life jackets on board

We will do everything we can to ensure that you get the very best out of your Dive Rarotonga experience!

Below is detailed information of our dive trips....

Dive Times

We offer morning and afternoon dive trips, so you can choose the best time to suit you. Our morning dive trips are purely for certified divers. We dive 4 times a day with the main dive times at 8am and 1.30pm, 7 days a week. The only exception is Sunday Morning, where due to religious beliefs of the islanders we do not book dives. Each trip consists of two dives (two different dive site locatoins) with the 2 dives separated by a surface interval (min 1 hour).

Our boats

We have a custom built 7.5m aluminium pontoon boat and a New Zealand Mac 5.7m boat designed specifically for diving. This means that we can offer comfort whilst always keeping our diving groups small. Boats are equipped with safety gear including oxygen, first aid and VHF radio. The boats are set up with tank racks and storage, allowing divers to gear up on dry land. Ever been sea sick? Well if you have, you'll appreciate having your gear assembled and ready to go, so when the boats stops it's a quick buddy check and in you get!

Launch sites

There are 4 launch sites around Rarotonga, meaning most days we can find a calm spot to dive. Although we use all 4, we are the only dive centre with one of our boats permanently moored at one of the sites, meaning you don't have to help with the launching of the boat. We also have access to toilets and showers to make your breaks that little bit more 'comfortable'!

Safety

Our boats are equipped with all appropriate safety gear including oxygen, first aid, life jackets, GPS, EPIRB, and marine VHF radio etc (inspections are welcomed). The nearest hospital is approx 2km from the dive centre.

Our boats are manned while you dive !

We don't just claim it, we actually do it ! We man our boats on every single dive with a qualified Boatmaster while you are underwater. Our skippers are also rescue trained and are qualified dive masters or instructors. Their job, for your safety, is to keep watch while you are guided underwater by a second instructor.

Dive Duration

We do not allow unlimited dive times - for obvious reasons. All our dive times are safely calculated to fit into multilevel profiles with a safe 1 hour surface interval between dives. Just remember there's no re-compression facilities on the island!! An example would be an 18m dive for 50 minutes.

Do guided dives mean that we all surface when the first person is low on air?

Definately not, if a couple of divers are low on air the dive master takes them back to the line keeping an eye on them whilst they do their safety stop. Then the guide continues the dive with the rest of the group. Yes, the visibility is that good that the guide can see you all at once!

Night Dives

We also offer night dives too - how about watching the sun go down over the South Pacific before rolling over the side to explore after dark? Simply ask us if you fancy a dip as the sun goes down.

Dive Sites

Rarotonga is home to some of the best and most diverse diving in the Pacific - there are about 35 dive sites around the island that we dive and of these, there are some that are consistently better than the rest. Every day we check the weather and swell and choose the best sites for both morning and afternoon trips. Find out detailed information about our dive sites by clicking here

The fringing reef surrounds the island of Rarotonga and all the dives we conduct for certified divers are outside this reef. We generally moor the boat in 10-12m of water and then complete a tour of the site to the planned max depth (For Open Water divers this is a maximum of 18m). For Advanced Divers there are drop-offs that we conduct dives on to a maximum of 30m.

Guided

Our dives are always guided (unless specifically requested) at no extra cost and we are proud to have by far the most experienced divemaster in the Cook Islands. Yes, Eric is still with Dive Raro after how many years is it...? Certainly more than 30!! And he still dives - perhaps not as often as he used too!

Marine Life

We are very proud of the fact that the graceful humpback whale chooses the waters of Rarotonga to rest with her calf on her migration back to the colder southern waters. And, there's lots more - over 70 species of colourful coral, moray eels, reef sharks, lionfish, turtles, maori wrasse, anemone fish, butterfly fish, angelfish, rays, pufferfish, trumpetfish and many, many more!

Water Temperature & Visibility

We experience a range of temperatures from 23° C to 28° C. The visibility in the waters around Rarotonga is always great - upwards of 20m! So you need never fear missing that turtle!

Briefings

You'll be given a full briefing of the dive site and safety info by our staff before each dive so you'll know just what to expect when we get submersed. Then, after the dive, you are invited to join us for a debriefing back at the school, a great chance to get those log books filled in.

Nervous diver or not dived for a while?

Please book a pool refresher. For just a small cost, we can spend some time helping you to get comfortable in the water again, before diving off the boat. You will get more enjoyment out of your dives that way, trust us!

Our group guided dives are guided by a dive professional. This dive leader is not there to compensate for divers who have been poorly trained or are incapable of diving due to lack of knowledge, or who have fitness issues. If you believe you need special help, book an instuctor led experience instead.

Bad Weather

Ok, so we live on a beautiful South Pacific Island where the sun always shines..! But occasionally it blows a hooley! (is that a word??) If this is the case you won't find us diving. After all, diving is supposed to be fun! Hanging over the side feeding the fish, doesn't count as fun in ourbook. We won't take you out just to take your money!



Prices
Valid to 31st December 2017 for certified divers OW or above.
   
Dive trips with Tanks/Weights only  
2 Dive trip NZ $100
6 Dives (3 Trips) NZ $285
10 Dives (5 Trips) NZ $450
   
Dive trips with Standard gear rental  
2 Dive trip NZ $130
6 Dives (3 Trips) NZ $375
10 Dives (5 Trips) NZ $600
   
Please note discounted package prices are only available for bookings made in advance. Prices are in New Zealand dollars, we do not accept other currencies.
 
* Standard gear rental includes Tanks, weights and full dive kit (BCD,regs etc) including 5mm shortie.
* Dive computer rental $30 per trip
* Nitrox 32% $30 per tank, please email for availability
* Gopro rental $30/trip, please email for availability
* 5mm long suit NZ $20/trip sizes available Women 8/10 - Unisex 3/4/5/6
* We DO NOT offer discounts for completing one dive on a trip.
   
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Tank/Weights only price is just that... before you ask, we don't offer discounts for having your own snorkel ! :o)