Pacific Divers Rarotonga
Ph.  22450
Fax.  22450
Daily Dive 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
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
Tel. 682 20544
Fax. 682 22544
Hotel, Motel and Back Packers accommodation, our charming
ocean-side accommodation offers the best in warm hospitality
and cool comfort in Rarotonga. Your stay at the Paradise
Inn will reward you with a treasure of memories of the
Cook Islands that will stay with you long after you
return to your home. Whale watching July - October.
5 minute walk from downtown shops, post office, cafe's
and restaurants. All units have own kitchens, fridge
and shower. Large lounge/bar and sundeck area.
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.
About Cook Islands
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
April to October average 68 - 78F 20 - 26C
November to March average 71 - 82F 22-28C
Water Temp 74 - 86F 23 - 30C
Visibility 150+ ft 45+ m
to Cook Islands
Inter Island Air Travel
Upon departure all visitors will be charged the following
taxes: Adults NZ$25.00, Children under 12 years NZ$10.00,
Children 2 years and under are free of charge. This
must be paid upon departure, and is not included as
part of prepaid taxes with airline tickets.
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
only. A fee is payable with each application within
14 days prior to the expiration of the permit. Extensions
are granted at two levels. Up to three months NZ$70.00
(15 years and older), up to five months NZ$120.00 (15
years and older). Children under 15 years of age are
exempt from charges but must report to Immigration for
official paperwork to be completed.
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.
Scooter 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