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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
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Report Number 5233
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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

Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
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. 
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