from 2 reviews
The reef is characterised by a gently sloping plateau out to about 30m / 100ft, where the reef steepens and ‘drops off’ into the abyss. There is a variety of terrain and fish life at different parts of the reef and with over 30 dive sites there are plenty of options to keep you interested.
The south side of the island is characterised by a shallow lagoon which empties to the ocean by passages or passes. These passages offer exciting canyon like dives with sharks, rays and turtles often present. Access to these is only by boat and we dive them from the outside of the reef.
The north coast of the island has the most coral cover with huge Porites bommies mushrooming up and forming overhangs and gullies. Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse and the myriad of reef dwellers can be easily approached on this coast offering great interactions and opportunities for photography.
There are a few wide sandy runoffs located on the northern side of the island, a favourite resting place of white tip reef sharks. The drop off is also accessible and looking from 30m / 100ft to depths of over 80m / 250ft can make your heart flutter.
The east and west coasts are typically steeper with boulder like terrain sloping out to the drop off.
PADI Dive Center
4th June 2009 by uwguy
Visit Date: April 2009
I went diving with this shop recently and had a couple of average dives, nothing special. The centre is run by youngsters obviously for a younger crowd. The lad that took us out must have been no older than 17. He was pretty confident for that age, but it’s not very reassuring knowing that you are being led by someone with not a lot of experience who’s younger than your kids. I admit that during the dives he did a reasonable job, but fell a bit short when it came to the briefing and checking divers under water. We didn’t have a real dive plan, as such, just follow the leader and down we went. Underwater the topography is pretty similar to the dives I’ve done around Tahiti. It’s rocky more than coral, but there was quite a few fish to see. After the dive, our guide didn’t show much interest about the dives or the fish. Of the dive shops I’ve been with over the few years I’ve been diving, they are unique in that with younger master divers the diving comes second to the social aspect of the island. This was evident with most of the chat back at the shop directed to weekend’s conquests. As an older diver, I would only recommend Pacific Divers if you are in the party 18-21 bracket.
19th May 2009 by TriJo
Visit Date: April 2009
While in Rarotonga I planned on doing a couple of dives but after my morning out with Pacific Divers I decided that wasn't enough!
I had such an enjoyable experience and made to feel really comfortable and relaxed that eventhough I am a beginner diver I went out and did a night dive.
I did 5 dives in total and each time was at a different site - all of them fantastic, great visibility and heaps to see.
I had such a great experience with these guys that I was planning on returning in a few weeks to do some more diving and my advanced but unfortunately flights are horrendous so I will be keeping an eye out for specials and returning as soon as possible.