Dive Rarotonga, right next to Crown Beach Resort at Arorangi, offers the cheapest scuba diving on the island. They take divers out at 0800 and 1330 daily (including Sunday!). Dive Rarotonga's PADI open-water course is reasonably priced.
Greg Wilson's Cook Island Divers, just up the road, is another longstanding dive shop. If the weather looks at all bad, Dive Rarotonga may cancel that day's diving whereas Cook Island Divers will launch from another site if it is too rough at the main harbor. Greg does two trips a day, at 0800 and 1300, and he runs a highly professional show. Like Dive Rarotonga, Cook Island Divers has a heated scuba training pool and they do a four-day PADI scuba certification course—what better place to learn? Call for a free hotel pickup.
Rarotonga's newest dive and adventure tour operator is Adventure Cook Islands on Kavera Beach just down from Puaikura Reef Lodges on the southeast side of the island. You'll notice their kayaks on the beach while the dive shop is on the mountain side of the road. Adventure Cook Islands offers everything from Raemaru Mountain Treks to mountain bike tours. Scuba diving is their specialty, departing daily at 0800 and 1230. Beginners can sample scuba with a no-experience lagoon dive and full PADI certification courses are available. Lots of sporting gear is for rent.
The Dive Center, next to Kaena Restaurant not far from the Rarotongan Beach Resort, goes diving at 0800 and 1230 daily. Snorkelers can go along for a reduced rate. For a little more you can do an introductory dive in the lagoon across the street.
Pacific Divers, opposite the Flame Tree Restaurant at Muri Beach, offers dives on nearby reefs at 0800 and 1300 daily (at 1300 only on Sunday). A PADI open water certification course (four days) is offered. All the scuba operators offer discounts for multiple dives.
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