Ph.  22450
Fax.  22450
Tours- 2 dives per trip. PADI Diver Training.
Free pick up service from all Rarotonga accommodation.
Pacific Divers offers a comprehensive and enjoyable
diving service catering for all levels. Dives
include coral terrain dives, canyons, drop offs
and drifts. Fish life is varied and includes Hawksbill
and Green turtles, White Tip and Grey Reef sharks,
Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Moray, Giant Clams and
the myriad of reef fish and invertebrates youd
expect to see on a coral reef.
P O Box 23
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Tel. (682) 20-002
Fax. (682) 21-998
Set in the enchanting area of Vaima on the stunning
Southern coast, Palm Grove enjoys the peace and
tranquility of one of the best locations on Rarotonga
in the Cook Islands. Thirteen garden bungalows
set amongst hibiscus and tipani flowers are complemented
with thirteen beachfront bungalows set alongside
our secluded beach. All bungalows have full kitchen
facilities, aircon, flat screen TV and private
patios. Rarotonga is renowned for its pristine
beauty and offers activities from scuba diving
to hiking. Experience the true paradise of our
white sand beaches and clear blue lagoon, or enjoy
our acres of lush, quiet garden. Sit back, relax,
and find your own private piece of paradise!
Tel. 682 20544
Fax. 682 22544
The Paradise Inn is a quirky little jewel on the
beach opposite the National Auditorium, only minutes
from great restaurants and the main shops of Avarua,
Rarotonga. Join us on the deck for some whale
watching and sunset drinks! All accommodation
includes a kitchenette with microwave and gas
stove, a fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.
All just 3km from Rarotonga International Airport.
The Dive Centre - The Big Fish
Po Box 142
Tel. 00682 20238
Fax. 00682 20238
You can dive Rarotonga in clear, warm waters with
fantastic visibility and diversity of marine life
which makes it excellent for diving and snorkelling
or if you've never been diving before - we are
a full service dive operation who can cater for
all your needs and take you out for your first
bubbles in a breath taking under water world.
Either you explore the abundant fish variety of
the lagoon right across the road in the Aroa Marine
Reserve as a snorkeler/diver or if you take a
trip outside the reef you will feel the difference
that Rarotonga and The Big Fish has to offer.
Rarotonga International Airport is the gateway airport
for the Cook Islands.
New Zealand (to/from Auckland, Sydney, Los Angeles)
Australia (to/from Auckland)
Australia (to/from Auckland)
Rarotonga (to/from Papeete)
A bona-fide visitor (any person who enters the Cook
Islands solely for recreation or vacation/holiday),
does not require an entry permit, provided he/she possesses
proof of onward passage (booked and paid) for stays
of not more than 31 days. Extension permits are usually
granted for visitors wanting to stay over 31 days. All
visitors are required to have a valid passport, proof
of onward passage, adequate financial means of supporting
stay, and suitable accommodation. Applications can be
made upon arrival at the Immigration Department. Extensions
are granted on a monthly basis, up to 5 additional months
For those wanting to stay in the Cook Islands longer
than 6 months, must apply for a visa from their home
territory, prior to their arrival in the Cook Islands.
Please direct applications to :
Principal Immigration Officer
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
PO Box 105
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Ph: (682) 29347
Fax: (682) 21247
As the entire island of Rarotonga is only 32 kilometers
in circumference, getting around is easy. There are
two main roads on Rarotonga, you can circle the island
on the Ara Tapu sealed road, through the villages and
past the beaches; or you can take the older inland road,
which winds through fields of taro, pawpaw, bananas
and local farmlands.
Scooters are a popular, fun way to see the sights. Scooters
as well as bikes, cars and jeeps are available from
local rental agencies. Driving is on the left hand side
of the road. Drivers of all vehicles are required to
have a current Cook Islands Drivers Licence available
from the Police Station in Avarua on presentation of
your own current drivers licence. Cost NZ$10.00.
The "Island Bus" offers a convenient low cost
methosd of transport, operating regular schedules around
the island. It will pick you up and let you off anywhere
Activities (besides diving of course)
Local products include black pearls, handicrafts of
excellent quality, colorful clothing and electrical
goods at very reasonable prices.
Enjoy a variety of Polynesian fare, as well as many
dishes enfluenced by New Zealand, South east Asia, India
The traditional Polynesian feast is known as the umukai,
and involves baking food in an underground oven. The
umu is the underground oven, a deep pit filled with
scorching hot stones from mountain streams. Damp sacking
and shredded banana trunks are placed over the hot stones
which soon causes rising of steam. The traditional food
is known as kai and consists of chicken, pork, fish
and vegetable dishes. The kai is placed in the umu,
whereupon everything is covered up with more leaves
and earth and allowed to steam for around two hours,
keeping in all the natural juices of the food.
The feast is followed by enthralling entertainment -
kariori. Guests are greeted with the fast paced tempo
of drums, followed by sensual dancing by island men
and women dressed in traditional costume.
Historic and other sightseeing tours are available.
Deep Sea Fishing
The waters offshore are ideal conditions for wahoo,
barracuda. dolphin fish, yellowfin and skipjack tuna,
sailfish and marlin. Inshore look for bonefish, trevally,
cod, snapper and other reef fish.
Many resorts offer windsurfing equipment, or it can
be rented from a number of local specialists.
Inter island excursions, day cruises, glass bottom boat
tours are all available.
Enjoy cross island walks, mountain hikes and beautiful
Ride the island trails, along the beach, and past waterfalls.
Play 9 holes at the Raratongan Golf Club. There are
pro shops and rental equipment is available.
Although dress is informal, swimsuits or revealing attire
should not be worn when visiting town or villages. Nude
or topless sunbathing is also offensive. And while the
Cook Islands have a tropical climate, a light sweater
may come in handy for the cooler evenings during July
Voltage is 220 AC/50 cycle, the same as New Zealand
and Australia. In some cases, a two pin adapter may
be required. Some hotels and motels have provisions
for 110 volt AC electric razors.
Some visitors prefer to boil water before use, but it
is not necessary. Bottled water is available from the
local shops for those who wish to purchase.
Tipping is not expected and is contrary to Cook Islands