Adventure Cook Islands

Adventure Cook Islands

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Do what you love and love what you do!
Thanks Carina for a refresher dive for my daughter Georgia and I, and 2 great dives the following day, including the 'whale music'!
Hi team,
Dave P and Cherie (non-diver owner😂) have been hanging out in Rarotonga for the last week. Dave Cherie Potts Leckner did two trips with Adventure Cook Islands. Dave did his intro to diving here about 11 years ago!
Photos and Vids to come, when we get home and do a few edits!
So here are the details:
Day One: nice fine day, windy as and top conditions average.
Instructor Patrick. Good bloke. Water temp 25 Degrees.
Enjoyed the trip with Sam and Kelly from NZ
Dive 1: Nga Tipa. 8-15m viz, 24m deep, 39mins. I rate 3/5, just because of viz
Dive 2: MV Mata Ora, ship wreck. 6-10m viz, 20m deep, 45mins. I rate 4/5. Cool wreck. Saw a big turtle!
Day two: Rainy, but good top conditions
Instructor Sean. Another top Bloke.
Enjoyed this trip with Kane and Julie, and Nina.
Dive 1: Enda’s anchor. 24m, 36mins, water temp 25 degrees. Viz 20m. Saw turtle and moray eels/. Great dive, 5/5 for this one
Dive 2: Pue. 22m, 39mins, Viz 20m. Another great dive 4/5.

Highly recommend Adventure Cook Islands hospitality. Will be back again!Adventure Cook Islands - Reef To See
A wonderful morning reef walk out with our transition to grade 1 kids from Apii Nikao to help raise awareness about the marine environment in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Kelvin and Terena Koteka-Wiki were assisted by Carina from Adventure Cook Islands - Reef To See who found some of the more cryptic species. Exciting observations were made of vivid-blue starfish, trochus and sea cucumbers. Following the morning reef walk, Kelvin talked to the kids about the importance of reusable water bottles to reduce single-use plastics that can affect our ecosystems. Meitaki Apii Nikao for your time in helping to raise awareness about the marine environment!
'ĀTUI'ANGA KI TE TANGO SENIOR PROGRAMME 2021

DAY 2 for the OPEN WATER SCUBA boys learning with Programme Lead Tuaine Papatua at Adventure Cook Islands - Reef To See under the tutelage of Instructor Patrick Jaletzky!

Confined water dives in Rarotonga's gorgeous lagoon in Kavera ticking off skills was the agenda today with more theory in the afternoon.

The boys were so excited taking their first breath underwater!

Meitaki Ma'ata to supporting partners for making our 'Ātui'anga ki te Tango senior programme...including the SCUBA portion...POSSIBLE!

Nia Tero
Synchronicity Earth
GEF Small Grants Programme

Tei mua tātou!
'ĀTUI'ANGA KI TE TANGO SENIOR PROGRAMME 2021

Today three of our 'Ātui'anga ki te Tango senior students - Petero Rea, Pareu Pera, and Teava George - and Programme Lead Tuaine Papatua began their first step in their journey of OPEN WATER SCUBA CERTIFICATION!

Meitaki Ma'ata to supporting partner Adventure Cook Islands - Reef To See for taking on this exciting challenge with these students! 😁😎

Tei mua tātou!
'ĀTUI'ANGA KI TE TANGO SENIOR PROGRAMME 2021

THURSDAY 11 MARCH 2021

The 'Ātui'anga ki te Tango senior students began their day at 'Āpi'i Avarua with Programme Lead Tuaine Papatua, finishing off their community project in fixing the fence around the vegetable garden area to keep the chickens out. Meitaki Ma'ata to the māmā and pāpā next door for generously donating some massive mangoes and avocados to our students!

A bit of fun physical fitness followed with a badminton session at St Joseph's School! Meitaki Ma'ata to Badminton Cook Islands for their on-going support of our students and programme!

Back at home base at the Panama Meeting House (Meitaki Ma'ata to the community for allowing us to utilize this space for our youth!), the students had a session with Aunty Jackie Rongo who put her "Boss lady of Rongohiva Watersports & Rongohiva LED" hat on today to talk about employer and employee relations and expectations among other life tips such as finding BALANCE in the following key areas:

1) Spiritual
2) Physical
3) Mental
4) Emotional

This session today built off of Rev. Travel Makara's (SHG YOUTH Connect & Empower ME YOUTH HUB - Cook Islands) session yesterday with the boys on their goals in life. The students wrote about how the programme activities as well as things done at home help them achieve BALANCE, and recognizing how decisions made are very important as it can put you off-balance in a key area. Discussions also centered around HOW money is earned.....'good money' vs 'bad money'....and how our choices define one's character (additionally, how 'bad money will put you off-balance in the Spiritual key area, for example).

Bank accounts and RMD numbers were also discussed, with a brief overview of why we pay taxes. This part of the discussion sets the foundation for a Finance Management session to come with supporting partner Bank of the Cook Islands. Meitaki Ma'ata also to BCI for assisting us with opening bank accounts for the students who need one!

The next step in our students' journey is work placements through paid apprenticeship opportunities with local businesses. We are extremely grateful to the follow businesses & individuals who will be taking on our students and helping us guide and advise them on their journey!

RARO CARS (Eric Parutu, Emile Raea, and Teava George)

PACIFIC PROPERTY LTD (Dauson Turitoa, Quintin Teokotai, Petero Rea, and Beniamina Kite)

Island Craft Ltd (Allan Tangatapoto)

Rongohiva LED (Mark Ngapare)

S&T CONTRACTORS (Kane Heather)

88FM boomboom baby COOK Islands with GDub (Anthony Tangatapoto)

VAKA BUILDING with Papa William Powell (Pareu Pera and Isaac Nio)

Also on the list is Openwater SCUBA Certification! Looking forward to working with partners Dive Rarotonga Ltd and Adventure Cook Islands - Reef To See for this course!

Meitaki Ma'ata to our supporting partners GEF Small Grants Programme, Nia Tero, and Synchronicity Earth for funding assistance for our programme!

Meitaki Ma'ata to the Cook Islands Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Cook Islands for support and advice as well!

Tei mua tātou!
THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2020

OPERATION TARAMEA - RAROTONGA

TEAM TARAMEA-NATORS SCUBA divers scoped out the fore reefs at depths down to 22 m by Edgewater and in town by Avarua's Goldmine today, pulling out 50 taramea.

Meitaki Ma'ata Patrick and Carina of Adventure Cook Islands - Reef To See for today's dive efforts!

SCUBA DIVERS
Dr Teina Rongo
Teariki Charles Rongo
Patrick Jaletzky
Carina Wenzel

Tei mua tātou!

Let us not wait! Let us work together to protect our reefs!

Adventure Cook Islands is Rarotonga's dive and adventure tour specialist with a difference. Diving i At Adventure Cook Islands, diving is our passion as well as our profession and this shows in our trips and services.

All our guides, instructors and skippers have years of diving experience in and around Rarotonga and know our reefs second to none. Our guides will show you some of the best diving our island has to offer and we specialize in small groups and personal experiences rather than catering for the masses. When YOU dive with us you can rest assured that YOUR dive requirements will be catered for.

Operating as usual

Local researchers gain technical diving certifications - Cook Islands News 21/03/2022

Local researchers gain technical diving certifications - Cook Islands News

We never stand still and are always looking at expanding our diving services. Here is an article in the Cook Islands News about a recent decompression procedures course we ran for local researchers and scientific divers. https://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/local/local-researchers-gain-technical-diving-certifications/

Local researchers gain technical diving certifications - Cook Islands News Four local scientific divers and dive instructors earlier this month completed their Technical Diving International (TDI) Decompression Procedures course conducted by Adventure Cook Islands.

Welcome to the Cook Islands! - International Training - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI 10/02/2022

Welcome to the Cook Islands! - International Training - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI

For everyone near and far who is interested in scuba diving in Rarotonga, here is another article from us on the TDI/ SDI website:
https://www.tdisdi.com/sdi-diver-news/welcome-to-the-cook-islands/

Welcome to the Cook Islands! - International Training - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI Kia Orana! Welcome to island paradise. Welcome to the Cook Islands! In case you have not heard of the Cooks - the Cook Islands are in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, between Tahiti and New Zealand. The country is made up of 15 islands, spread over a distance the size of western Europe. Of the...

10/01/2022

We made the most of the calm sea conditions and went for another blackwater dive. Amongst masses of plankton and squid, we also saw some cool juvenile fish. Who knows what this little fella is called?

25/12/2021

Have a peaceful festive season everyone!

20/11/2021

Are you interested in becoming a rebreather diver? Apart for our range of TDI closed circuit rebreather courses, we now also offer rebreather try dives. Contact us for more information.

Keeping a Profession a Passion – Exploring Rarotonga’s Deep Drop Offs - The Scuba News 31/10/2021

Keeping a Profession a Passion – Exploring Rarotonga’s Deep Drop Offs - The Scuba News

For those of you interested in deep drop-off diving in Rarotonga, you might like this article written by Patrick and published in The Scuba News.
We hope you enjoy the read!
https://www.thescubanews.com/2021/10/27/keeping-a-profession-a-passion-exploring-rarotongas-deep-drop-offs/

Keeping a Profession a Passion – Exploring Rarotonga’s Deep Drop Offs - The Scuba News The best thing about the New Years’ resolution some years back was that we also started to explore the deeper areas of Rarotonga’s drop-offs. This led us to cater for experienced mixed gas rebreather divers.

03/10/2021

Triton's trumpet eating crown-of-thorns starfish in Rarotonga

We were thrilled to witness a Triton's trumpet (Pū) devouring it's favourite meal, the crown-of-thorns starfish (Taramea). Now that there are more crown-of-thorns starfish around, we will hopefully see an increase in the Triton's trumpet population as well.
Bon appétit!

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 23/08/2021

Thank you to everyone who supported us during the last few months since the borders opening, we really appreciate it!
This winter has brought some pretty bad weather but we only had to cancel 1 day due to rough sea conditions all around the island.
We hope to see you here back soon - dive safe 😉

16/05/2021

Just finishing off the final touches on the building before the borders are opening up!

02/05/2021

We are very happy to announce that Adventure Cook Islands is an official SSI Dive Centre and we are now also offering a wide range of SSI dive courses.
Scuba Schools International is one of the leading dive training organisations worldwide.
Every training agency has their individual strengths. Being affiliated with multiple dive training agencies enables us to offer a wider range of course options. This leaves you the choice to choose which course is best for you.
Get in touch with us and find out which course suits you best.

08/03/2021

Blackwater diving in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Diving in the open ocean at night with 1000 metres of water below you lets you discover many wonderful marine creatures that you won't see on normal night dives. At sunset, countless marine animals move from the deep ocean towards the surface and back to the deep at sunrise. This is the biggest bio mass migration on earth and is called diel vertical migration (DVM). It happens every single night in our oceans, unnoticed by most humans.

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 22/02/2021

Every night, myriads of plankton and other small marine life rise from the deep ocean towards the surface and provide unforgettable inner space experiences. For more photos, please follow us on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/adventurecookislands

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 15/02/2021

Drifting through the open ocean at night is really exciting. You never know what you may see. And often you don't even know what you are looking at. I assume this is an eel, but I am not 100% sure. Unfortunately, my Canon Powershot couldn't get a proper focus on the head as it was swimming pretty fast and the head is only a few millimetres small.

06/02/2021

Blackwater diving is a "must do" for macro photography lovers!
Drifting at night through the open ocean with many hundreds or thousands of metres of water below you makes you truely feel like in outer space. This really defines the term "inner space" and is one amazing, tripping experience with incredible marine life encounters.
For more blackwater diving and other underwater photos, please follow our Instagram page:
https://www.instagram.com/adventurecookislands

Photos from Kōrero o te 'Ōrau's post 24/01/2021

We are very pleased to see a growing interest from our youth in our ocean environment and we are happy to contribute to the training and upskilling of the country's new generation of ocean ambassadors.

01/01/2021

Kia mataora i te Mataiti Ou!
We wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2021!

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 25/12/2020

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
Warm, tropical wishes to you all and your families. Here are some photos of our Christmas Eve dive today... Aroa Kiritimiti!💝🎄

02/11/2020

Moving on

Our shop move in April 2020.
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Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 08/09/2020

THE BEAUTY IS THE BEAST - CROWN-OF-THORNS STARFISH
The Crown-Of-Thorns starfish, aka COTS and locally known as taramea, is a beautiful natural reef predator that feeds mainly on fast growing corals. COTS have evolved over millions of years and have a natural place on our reefs. Unfortunately, these starfish can become highly destructive to coral reefs when reproducing too fast. This can be associated to various factors - higher than usual nutrient levels, climate change, lack of natural predators are just a few possible factors.
Lately, higher than usual COTS numbers have appeared on Rarotonga's reefs. Our reefs are stunning with beautiful hard coral formations. To help keep our reefs healthy and to control the COTS population to prevent an outbreak, we have been helping with the removal/ culling of COTS.

Photos from Kōrero o te 'Ōrau's post 07/09/2020

Photos from Kōrero o te 'Ōrau's post

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 14/08/2020

Rarotonga - Deep Diving Wonderland!
Beyond recreational diving limits, Rarotonga's drop-offs offer fantastic diving with rare fish sightings and fantastic soft corals. Some of these fish can only be found here in the Cook Islands.

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 30/07/2020

Two new young ocean explorers! Congratulations Eleanor and Maiata on your Open Water Diver certifications.

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 23/07/2020

Eleanor Wichman and Maiata Mussell on their first two open water dives. Well done girls!

18/07/2020

Are you still looking for courses for your staff to be eligible for the training subsidy? All our PADI dive courses are approved by MFEM.

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 16/06/2020

Even though our borders are shut since a few months, we have been pretty busy: we have moved our office from our location in Kavera 900 metres to the south to Aroa. We are now on the southeast corner of the island with Aroa Beach right in front of our shop. Apart for the better location, nothing has changed in our operations. You will still get the friendly service from Carina, Sean and Patrick.
Here are some photos of our progress. We are still not finished setting up, more photos and videos to come...

Diving Rarotonga's Drop-Offs - The Shallows and the Deep 07/06/2020

Diving Rarotonga's Drop-Offs - The Shallows and the Deep

Our latest dive video, right on time for tomorrow. The Cook Islands borders are still not open for visitors, but we are looking forward to welcome you back in the near future.

Diving Rarotonga's Drop-Offs - The Shallows and the Deep Filmed in the Cook Islands on Rarotonga's East and South coast drop-offs, at depth between 0 and 100 metres. All footage was recorded during our recreational...

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 19/04/2020

Pictures of our recent passage dives. Rays, sharks, turtles and more.
Remember that the Cook Islands are Covid-19 free when planning your next holiday!

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 18/04/2020

Here are some more pictures from our deeper dives lately. Not many people know about the existence of this wreck in Rarotonga - the sailing yacht "R"...

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 16/03/2020

Some photos of our latest deep drop-off dives. Check out Rarotonga's deep water gem, the Peppermint Angelfish...

Photos from Adventure Cook Islands's post 16/03/2020

Lately I have been pretty slack again in posting anything. Here are some of the shots from last months' dives. Lots of turtles and other reef dwellers...

Our Story

At Adventure Cok Islands, diving is our passion as well as our profession and this shows in our trips and services. All our guides, instructors and skippers have years of diving experience in and around Rarotonga and know our reefs second to none. Our guides will show you some of the best diving our island has to offer and we specialize in small groups and personal experiences rather than catering for the masses.
When YOU dive with us you can rest assured that YOUR dive requirements will be catered for.

Videos (show all)

Triton's trumpet eating crown-of-thorns starfish in Rarotonga
Blackwater diving in Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Moving on
Two humpback whales
Diving with whale shark in Rarotonga
Spotted Eagle Ray
Eagle Ray
Green Turtle resting
Sharks 2
Sharks 1

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Ara Tapu, Aroa Beach, Rarotonga
Arorangi

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00
Saturday 08:30 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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We are a PADI 5* Instructor Development Centre offering a huge range of internationally recognised d