Scuba & Snorkel

The waters of Rarotonga and Aitutaki are a snorkellers paradise. Safe shallow lagoons, rich in marine life are ideal for novices, making snorkelling the number one most satisfying activity with visitors.

There are many beach locations on both islands where you can simply slip into the lagoon and say “Hi” to countless fish of all varieties. These inviting waters are safe and around Rarotonga, in many places, you will not be over your depth. So, if you’ve never tried snorkelling, here is the perfect opportunity in a pristine, inviting and safe environment. Many accommodation properties offer complimentary snorkelling gear, alternatively there are many establishments who offer gear for hire and advice regarding the best snorkelling places.

SCUBA buffs will find plenty to excite them here, with a number of interesting dive sites, including wrecks. To quote a recent visitor: “Where else can you wander out of your hotel and dive, or snorkel, in a lagoon that teems with fish, or do a boat dive just 10 to 15 minutes from the wharf. We wonder why it’s taken us so long to visit the Cook Islands”.

There are dive centres on both Rarotonga and Aitutaki. For safety, quality of gear, variety of dive sites and a hospitable welcome, we recommend these experienced operators

Recommended Dive Operators

Dive Rarotonga (+682) 21873
The Dive Centre (+682) 20238
Dive Aitutaki (+682) 31537

Diver at swim through
Snorkel with a motor
Diver with a Turtle
Swimming with fish