Introduction dives in Rarotonga

Discover Scuba Diving on a try dive in the Cook Islands!

Lagoon try dives: Easy, Safe, Fun for Everyone! Blow your first bubbles while scuba diving Rarotonga’s lagoon .

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to use scuba? Or have you scuba dived before but never got around to do your dive certification course?


Divers on introduction lagoon dive in Rarotonga

Our professional team of PADI and SSI divemasters and Instructors will take you on your first journey under water.

Your initial introduction dive in Rarotonga is a Lagoon Dive, during which you will learn the basics of scuba diving. You will have a lot of fun and explore the magnificent underwater world on a tour inside the safety of Rarotonga‘s Aroa rā‘ui (Marine Reserve). The Aroa Marine Reserve is literally right in front of our dive centre.

Starting at our PADI dive center in Aroa, you will fill out a form and get geared up. We will then explain to you all the important things that you need to know. To begin, we will talk about basic dive physics and physiology. Then, we will discuss equipment use, dive communication, basic dive skills and the marine world.

Diver with butterfly fish on try dive in the Cook Islands

After this 30 to 40 minute presentation we kit up and walk across the road and straight into the Aroa lagoon.

The depth inside the lagoon varies between 1 and 3 metres, which means that you will feel safe at all times. Your dive instructors will look after you while you explore the wonders of the marine reserve. The underwater tour takes 45 minutes.

The entire Lagoon Introduction Dive in Rarotonga takes about two hours. Depending on the tides, we conduct Introduction Lagoon Dives weekdays either at 9 am or 2 pm.

Prerequisites to participate in our introduction lagoon dive in Rarotonga is to be healthy (no pre-existing medical condition) and not pregnant. Furthermore, you must be able to swim and you must be comfortable in using basic snorkel gear (mask, snorkel and fins).


Close-up of turtle on Discover Scuba Dive in Rarotonga

Once you have completed our initial intro lagoon dive in Rarotonga, you have the option to join us on one or more open water Discover Scuba Dives. Our Discover Scuba Dives in Rarotnga are boat dives in open water outside the lagoon. When you dive deeper on the outer reef you increase your chances of seeing different fish and turtles. If you enjoyed the lagoon dive and are interested in seeing more of Rarotonga’s marine life, our open water Discover Scuba Dives in Rarotonga are the way to go.

On our Discover Scuba Dives in Rarotonga we will take you onboard our Stabi-craft dive boat to one of our many dive sites around Rarotonga. Discover Scuba Dives in Rarotonga are limited to 12 meters. One of our PADI and SSI Instructors will be with you the entire dive while you explore Rarotongas outer reef and its inhabitants.

We can conduct open water Discover Scuba Dives weekdays either at 8 am or at 12:30 pm.

Rarotonga reef with butterflyfish on Discover Scuba Dive

If you wish to do a Discover Scuba Dive after the initial lagoon try dive, you can either do this on the same day – Lagoon Dive in the morning and Discover Scuba Dive in the afternoon – or you can split it up over two days.

To participate in our Open Water Discover Scuba Dives, you need to have either:
– recently completed our Introduction Lagoon Dive or
– you need to have completed a PADI Discover Scuba Dive within the last 12 months AND been registered with PADI (dive training association) by your instructor or
– you need to have completed the SSI Basic Diver Program within the last 6 months.