We are the leading certifying dive centre in the country and a PADI 5 * Instructor Development Centre, offering a wide range of diving courses in the Cook Islands. We offer quality diving in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Whether these are your first bubbles, you are already qualified and you are diving for fun, or you want to progress your professional diving career all the way to Instructor level, we have dives to suit you!
For all your equipment needs, we are the Cook Islands distributor and service centre for Scubapro, Suunto and Mares products with online sales available atDive Rarotonga Shop Online
We are committed to preserving our diving environment. To that end and to compliment our Coral Transplant Project, we have gained the permissions and authority to install six new fixed moorings on the west of the island at our popular sites. This is a process involving Ministry of Transport, National Environment Service and Cook Islands Tourism. They should hopefully be in place by the end of 2023.
Neil Davison owns and runs Dive Rarotonga — here is a bit about him and the Team
Neil learned to dive in the spectacular conditions of the UK, with experience gained predominantly at Stoney Cove, Capernwray and Porthkerris in the Atlantic!
First diving in the 80s and finally taking it up seriously around eleven years ago, he is a PADI Master Instructor and EFR Instructor Trainer.
Neil worked for several years within his UK Dive Centre before working in Madagascar as Dive Safety Officer and providing training all the way from Discover Scuba to Assistant Instructor and Staffing Instructor Development Courses. Neil’s experience has convinced him that warmer waters are far more fun! Despite diving in Egypt, the Maldives and many places in between, the Cook Islands is his happy place.
Training Marine Biologists to dive on and around the amazing Barrier Reef system in the south-west corner of Madagascar confirmed for Neil that the Tropics and associated fauna are for him. He is passionate about sharing the amazing aquatic and marine world, and keen to perpetuate everyone’s love of the water.
Neil teaches multiple PADI Specialities, has written five approved PADI Distinctive Specialities based around Coral Reef Conservation and transplantation learned in Madagascar and is a factory-trained Mares and Scubapro service technician. He is RYA Powerboat qualified with Cook Islands Boat Master certification.
Neil also has an engineering and Health and Safety background, with NEBOSH certifications in the latter.
Selina is a PADI IDC Staff Scuba Diving Instructor. She has been a PADI professional for over 12 years and has certified hundreds of divers. The majority of her diving career was spent in the warm waters of Thailand where she gained valuable experience teaching and motivating divers to continue their PADI education up to professional levels.
Originally from New Zealand, Selina moved to Rarotonga in 2017 so she could experience what the Cook Islands had to offer. She has not been disappointed and has had many memorable diving experiences here, including diving with humpback whales and hammerhead sharks.
“I like to give divers a fun safe environment where they can relax and be in awe of the beauty of Rarotonga’s underwater world.”
Steve hails from South Wales and is both a PADI Speciality Instructor and Technical diver. He has a wealth of safety-based experience gained from service with the Royal Engineers and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Steve is also an IDEST Visual and Hydraulic cylinder Tester as well as a levels 1 and 2 Scubapro technician.
Sophie hails from Wellington, New Zealand and is a diver with a background in law and legal editing. She is no stranger to the Island, having lived here in the 1990s. She is multi-lingual, being fluent in French as well as conversational level in Japanese. She is focused on our business development and also driving our social media and online presence here. She is also aiming to progress her diving experience and knowledge as far as possible. Watch this space!