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Suggestions for Rarotonga?

Discussion in 'Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands' started by Dr. Jeff Hester, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Dr. Jeff Hester

    Dr. Jeff Hester Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Arizona
    I’m part of a group headed to Rarotonga in July. A number of us are divers, and inclined to spend most of a week and a half under water. Any information about sites and operators would be appreciated. The most recent post that I found about Rarotonga is several years old.

    My wife and I are very experienced and capable divers. (30 years, ~700-1000 dives, good air consumption, California shore diving types.) Others on the trip range from somewhat experienced divers to possibly a couple of first open water dive types. So I am interested in the full range of what the island might have to offer.

    Current thoughts are to rent a house for a couple of weeks, but a dive resort might not be out of the question.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.
  2. kassj0peja

    kassj0peja Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    8 years ago I did 4 dives in Rarotonga. I did them on the south side in the channel. The corals on the outer reef looked very healthy and there were always eagle rays and in the blue a giant hammerhead. in the channel from the lagoon there was current with interesting topography like arches and swim throughs. at the entrance of the lagoon there were quite a few white tips and grey reef sharks. it was not safe because the boat driver was also the dive guide so we had to jump from outside the lagoon and "climb" on the bottom again the current. the way back was nice though. the dive site i can highly recommend though (but not the way it was done).

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