SWIMMING, SNORKELLING AND SCUBA DIVING
The fact that swimming features is no surprise, but it doesn’t hurt to remind everyone just why it features and that is because of the beautiful beaches that exist on the island. Aroa Beach which lies to the southwest of Rarotonga is one fine example of a great stretch of sand and sea where visitors take leisurely swims in the warm waters before retreating to the white sandy beaches to bask in the sun.
Aroa Beach is a great spot for snorkelling as well with an abundance of brightly coloured marine life and coral reef to see and swim amongst. Manta rays, octopus, sea turtles, shellfish, reef sharks and tuna are just some of the inhabitants you can expect to encounter. Tikioki Beach to the southeast is also a great spot for this that never lets keen snorkellers down.
Beyond the reef, Rarotonga’s crystal clear waters, often with 30 metres of visibility, are also a perfect place to do some scuba diving. There are a number of operators that visit dive sites all around the island depending on conditions and what you want to experience. Whether its caves, coral gardens, drop-offs, wrecks etc, there’s something to suit all scuba interests. There are also operators that take beginners as well as experienced divers, giving you the opportunity to try something new if you haven’t yet had the pleasure.