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Scuba Diving - Rarotonga or Aitutaki

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Scuba Diving - Rarotonga or Aitutaki

We are travelling to the Cook Islands next month - staying 5 nights Rarotonga and 5 nights Aitutaki. I was thinking of arranging scuba diving in Aitutaki as perhaps more to do in Rarotonga and leave the diving for Aitutaki? Can you recommend other activities in Aitutaki, thinking of a Lagoon cruise going to One Foot Island.

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1. Re: Scuba Diving - Rarotonga or Aitutaki

Activities on Aitutaki are mainly focused on the lagoon. Yet there are some land based activities that add another dimension to a visit.

a)The Aitutaki discovery safari tour that criss-crosses the island in a 4wd and visits an ancient marae (sacred site) is a good way to gain an overview of the island's history and its cultural heritage.

b) Punarei cultural village tour is another way to learn more about the way of life on the island. Just strolling about unguided on some of the inland trails is also a pleasant way of exploring the island.

c)The short hiking trail that goes inland from Paradise Cove up to the highest peak provides great views over the island.

d) Snorkelling in the marine protected area alongside the fisheries hatchery is another activity.

e) Fishing charters are available from the main wharf in Arutanga township.

f) kayaking, kitesurfing, sup and sailing are further opportunities to enjoy the lagoon.

Definitely do one or several lagoon tours, and if you are able to select different cruises each journey onto the lagoon with different guides enables you to discover more areas and a wider range of activities.

Happy planning - kia manuia.

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2. Re: Scuba Diving - Rarotonga or Aitutaki

Thank you Frangipani, is it best to do the scuba diving from Rarotonga or Aitutaki?

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There are 2 dive operators on Aitutaki, Aitutaki Scuba and Bubbles Below. The diving in both Rarotonga and Aitutaki is primarily wall dives. Neil Mitchel with Aitutaki Scuba prefers experienced divers but will take novices. Bubbles Below takes all comers. A lagoon cruise on Aitutaki is highly recommend. You will see things snorkeling in the lagoon that you won't see diving and visa versa.

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There are 5 or 6 dive companies on Rarotonga. Each has their favourite zones. If the conditions appear favourable while you are on Rarotonga, talk with the various companies about their recommendations. Once you arrive and explore the island you'll be too tempted to get out there to explore the tropical sea-life and reef habitats of Rarotonga and Aitutaki both.

Some reviewers have posted their experiences within the Cook Islands activities section - tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g309713-Activiti…

All the very best for your dive experiences. Kia manuia.

Edited: 09 September 2013, 19:35
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5. Re: Scuba Diving - Rarotonga or Aitutaki

Thanks very much to you both for your replies!

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