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
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