Diving & Snorkeling in Rarotonga
Surrounded by a coral reef, diving and snorkeling off the Rarotonga
coast is incredible. With near perfect diving conditions, these
turquoise blue waters are home to not just a wealth of marine
life, but numerous brightly colored topical fish species as
well as many varieties of living coral. Add to this the many underwater
caves, canyons, tunnels and shipwrecks to explore, and you have
one of the best diving locations in the world. The underwater visibility
here is excellent with warm water temperatures most of the year.
A fantastic dive destination not only for experts but novices as
well, diving in Rarotonga
is not limited to any single place. Rather since the entire island
is encircled by a reef you can dive almost anywhere with underwater
visibility between 30 to 60 meters. If you wish to dive beyond the
reef the drop off here gores from 30m to 4000m and is not for the
For a beginner, the lagoon is a great place to learn to dive. With morning and evening dive trips on hand, you can be rest assured that no place is too overcrowded to dive in, as only 10 divers are allowed per zone at a time. This is done to protect Rarotonga’s precious marine habitat from ruin.
With a diverse range of diving sites, scuba dives here cost anywhere between NZ$ 60 to NZ$ 75 with discounts given on multiple dive trips. Rarotonga has 3 diving companies, two of which are PADI and NAUI certified. If you wish to dive by night, you will have to speak to the dive operator for a private trip.
Snorkeling in Rarotonga is wonderful as well, with the lagoon
here home to many dazzling fish and vibrant coral. The southeast side
of the island has some of the best snorkeling conditions with the
waters here quite deep and lots to see. Many places along the coast
rent out snorkeling gear, but if you like you can purchase some quality
equipment from any of the island shops as well.