DAN World Partnership

DAN - Divers Alert Network partner in Rarotonga

Adventure Cook Islands is proud to be an official DAN World Partner and to support DAN Asia-Pacific (DAN AP). The Divers Alert Network is a global not-for-profit, member-based organization dedicated to improving the safety of all divers through education, research and training.

Worldwide coverage

DAN Asia-Pacific provides Worldwide Emergency Evacuation Coverage as well as optional Dive Injury (Medical Treatment) Insurance Services for its Members. Moreover, DAN AP makes sure that diving emergency hotlines are manned 24-hours a day throughout the Asia-Pacific region. DAN AP is a part of DAN World, which has over 350,000 members worldwide.

DAN members have piece of mind that no matter where they dive, DAN is available 24/7 to assist in case of an accident ot illness.

Why should I have a DAN Membership and Dive Injury Insurance?

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Nouvelles d'epaves

Letter R on stern of shipwreck

Identity of mystery wreck revealed

In February 2018, Carina and Patrick discovered a small sailing yacht wreck in 70 metres outside Avatiu in Rarotonga. After talking to many locals and multiple dives on the wreck, the identity of the wreck remained a mistery. The only clue to the identity of the vessel was a big letter “R” in the centre of the stern of the vessel.

Bow of shipwreck
Bow of the INTREPID

The breakthrough came recently when Patrick talked to the Director of Maritime, Ngatokorua Ngatokorua (Junior). After hearing the story and seeing images of the wreck, he also confirmed that they do not know about the existence of such wreck. However, he assured Patrick to try to find out more information on his end.

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Scooter helmet law changes for Rarotonga

Scooter rider with safety helmet in Rarotonga

Helmets now compulsory for all in Rarotonga

The Cook Islands government has recently amended the safety regulations one more time.

In recent years, and after much debate within the Rarotongan community, the Cook Islands government had already made wearing safety motorcycle helmets mandatory for all visitors as well as younger riders on Rarotonga. As it did not include most local residents, this law had caused some confusion. Some visitors could not understand why they had to wear a safety helmet on Rarotonga when many other riders didn’t.

This year the government has made more amendments to the act. It is now mandatory for every person riding on a scooter or motorcycle on Rarotonga to wear an approved motorcycle safety helmet. This includes any pillion (passenger), no matter whether the pillion is a child or adult.

Helmets not mandatory in outer islands

The traffic on the outer Cook Islands is not comparable to Rarotonga. Furthermore, people ride way faster on Rarotonga than they do in the outer islands. Therefore, the changes to the safety helmet regulations are only for Rarotonga, not for the outer islands.

Helmets save lives

The new safety helmet law has been in the making since a while and it has many local road safety supporters. However, there are also those in the community who oppose the new regulations.

In the end, the new regulations will save lives. Within a short while, everyone on Rarotonga will be getting accustomed to the new law and always wear a safety helmet when riding on a scooter in Rarotonga.

At Adventure Cook Islands, all our rental scooters come with the riders helmet free of charge. For passenger helmets we only charge a small fee. We use FFM Helmets, New Zealands own helmet brand, made by Kiwis for Kiwis. For more information about our rental scooters, please check out our scooter hire page.

COVID-19 Updates


Cook Islands declared COVID-19 Free Zone

2020 has been an exceptional year in many ways. With the virus spreading and life being turned upside down in most parts of the world, the Cook Islands have managed to stay Covid-19 free until today. With Cook Islands borders being closed for visitors since April, the nation’s tourism industry sector is eagerly anticipating the return of visitors in the near future.

Having said that, we acknowledge there will be a constant risk of the virus spreading over to our little paradise once borders re-open.

As such, we take the health and well being of you, our customers and our staff very seriously. We will be following the Cook Islands Ministry of Health, CookSafe and the dive industry guidelines for contact tracing and equipment sanitisation.

We would like to assure all our customers that it will be business as usual and all our dive activities as well as rental and sales operations will go ahead as per normal. However, we will do everything possible to keep you and our staff safe over this Covid-19 period – and beyond.

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Crown-Of-Thorns Removal

Crown-O-Thorns starfish

Crown-of-thorns starfish eradication on Rarotonga

You got to to love the diving in Rarotonga! Great visibility and warm water combined with our fascinating marine life makes scuba diving in Rarotonga extremely fun and explains why many divers keep coming back year after year.

Crown-of-thorns starfish suckers and spines
Crown-of-thorns are beautiful starfish

Amongst our natural reef inhabitants are the beautiful Crown-of-thorns starfish, aka COTS and locally known as taramea.
COTS are natural reef predator and have evolved over millions of years. These starfish have thousands of suckers and poisonous spines. Crown-of-thorns starfish are feeding on coral and are important for the natural growth and health of the coral reefs. Their preferred food are fast growing corals. By primarily feeding on fast growing corals they make space for the slower growing reef building corals, which in turn is important for the healthy growing of the coral reef.

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We Have Moved

Office and painted workshop

Adventure Cook Islands has moved to Aroa!

We have moved our office from Kavera Beach 800 metres down the road to Aroa Beach.

Since the COVID-19 border closures in April we have kept ourselves busy. We have moved our office building, decks, containers and palm trees to our new location just across the road from the beautiful Aroa Beach with it’s stunning lagoon.

The Aroa lagoon is a rauí (marine protected area) and one of the best and safest places on Rarotonga for snorkelling inside the lagoon. It is also a great place for introduction dives, diver training as well as for kayaking.

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Manatua Cable Landing

Cable floating at the surface behind cable layer vessel

Section 6 – Rarotonga – Completed

Dive team
Manatua Cable – Section 6 dive team

Subsea cable landing and installation work has finally been completed for Manatua Cable System Section 6 – Rarotonga. It has been a busy time with long days and a great team to work with and many laughs and fond memories to keep.
The multi-national dive team consisted of divers from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Samoa and France/ Germany.

After cable landing on January 8 2020, the subsea cable has been moved to it’s final position, articulated piping installed and clamped to the sea bed in high energy areas.

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Shipwreck Found

shiwreck hull

New wreck discovered in Rarotonga.

shipwreck hull

A sunken vessel has been found by Carina Wenzel and Patrick Jaletzky.
In February 2018, Carina and Patrick were doing an exploration dive in front of Avatiu. Visibility was very clear and even though the maximum depth of the dive was around 30 metres, looking down and towards the open sea they spotted outlines resembling a ship’s shape laying deep on the drop off slope.

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Whaleshark in Rarotonga


Great start into the New Year!


“What better way is there than to start the New Year with a dive?” This is what Carina and Patrick thought on their day off and so they went for their first private dive in the new year. And what a dive it was!

They were exploring an area on the east coast that is normally not being dived. Swimming along the drop-off, 15 minutes into the dive Carina looked back and up and saw a massive whaleshark swimming straight over her!

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