Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Dive Rarotonga/Crown Beach Resort in
Cook Islands/Rarotonga

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Schnabel, CA, San Luis Obispo
Contributor   (12 reports)
Report Number 5233
Subscribers: Submit Your Reader Report Here
Subscribe Now Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.
Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
all over Caribbean and Mexico, So. Calif., Fiji, Hawaii,Yap, Palau,
Thailand, Burma, PNG, Solomon Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Cocos,
Galapagos,No. Carolina, Greece, Italy, Viet-Nam, Bermuda
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
none other than to surface with somewhere around 500 psi. Group I dove with
all experienced divers, so divemaster allowed us to dive our own profiles.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Diveroratonga is next door to the Crown Beach Resort. Karen- head
divemaster from Scotland- an experienced, helpful and cheerful group
leader, and boat driver Jason too quite helpful and skilled. Gear is loaded
into an open trailer at the Diverarotonga dive shop and then towed behind a
minvan in which the divers are driven the 15 minute ride to the boat ramp
where the approximately 20 foot open boat is moored. You assemble your gear
on the dock, then walk it on your back down the boat ramp into the water
and alongside the boat. Jason then pulls your BC/Tank off you and hoists
this grear onto the boat . You climb onto the boat by shimmying onto a
ledge at the boat's stern ( boat had no ladder). Room very tight when the
full complement of 6 divers plus divemaster is in the boat.Dive sites are
10-15 minutes from the mooring point.You backroll into the water.We all
used air ( not Nitrox)and save for one dive where We went to 106 ft., all
dives were shallower than 100 ft.

The corals are healthy and colorful. Saw a Giant Green Moray ( named
Marisa) out of her hole- enormous girth , biggest in diameter I have ever
seen. Saw one Green Turtle, one 3 ft. White tip.Lots of colorful tropical
fish-Blue Triggerfish, green Napolean Wrasse,Sunset Wrasse, Leaf Scorpion
fish, many varieties of butterfly fish. Dives lasted 45-55 minutes.

Dive Rarotonga has full store of rental gear, although my group had all
their own equipment save tanks ( 80 cu. ft. alum. provided) and weights.
Outside of some difficulty loading the BC/tank on to my back and making it
down the slippery boat ramp to the moored dive boat, I found the diving
very enjoyable. I dove with a 3/2 mil long Henderson wetsuit plus a 3 mil
vest/hood combo and yet by the second dive of the day ( I dove 3 days, 2
dives per day) I found myself getting chilled at the dive's end. I
recommend a 5 mil or 7/5 if you happen to get cold fairly easily in 73-75
F. water.

Crown Beach Resort was clean, comfortable, food good , right on beach with
good snorkling when the tide is in. Black pearls a good buy here. 
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 5 dive reviews of Cook Islands and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

All Cook Islands Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to Cook Islands
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Want to assemble your own collection of Cook Islands reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.


Want to get more articles like these and
other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email?
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update, and a sample issue!


NEW! Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2016 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.