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Kia Orana - Welcome to the Cook Islands!

The Cook Islands
are comprised of 15 beautiful islands in the heart of the South Pacific with just 14,000 residents. These unique and friendly Polynesians have their own language and government and enjoy a vigorous and diverse culture with significant differences between each island. Despite some 70,000 visitors a year to the capital island Rarotonga the Cooks are largely unspoiled by tourism.

Rarotonga and Aitutaki are excellent for diving, snorkling. The outer reef area offers a diverse range of diving conditions. Canyons, caves and many varities of coral make it a most unusual terrain. There are also wrecks to explore and fish to hand feed. Combined with warm water temperatures year round, this a truly inviting destination.

Favorite dive spots to name but a few are the Ngatangiia Swimthroughs, the Matavera Drop-Off, the Mataora Wreck, the Papua Canyon, the Sand River and the Koromiri Coral Garden. The abundant reef life among 73 types of live coral features hundreds of fish species, a bonanza for underwater photographers. Experts rate the reef drop-off as the highlight for divers off Rarotonga. This begins at about 100 feet and plunges down to 12,000 feet -- Rarotonga is an extinct volcano.

All diving is land based with the diving boats in the 16 to 22 ft (5 to 7 meter) size range offering personalized diving. Trips usually depart in both the morning and afternoon.

Climate April to October average 68 - 78F 20 - 26C November to March average 71 - 82F 22-28C
Water Temp 71 - 85F 22 - 29C
Visibility Up to 150+ ft 45+ m

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