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The Dive Centre - The Big Fish

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Address: Po Box 142, Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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+682 20 238

PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, conveniently located on the stunning marine...

PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, conveniently located on the stunning marine reserve of Aroa beach. We offer guided dives for all levels, from wrecks to passages, drop off’s, night dives and more. Our friendly multilingual staff can cater for total beginners to the highly experienced in the crystal clear warm water of the south pacific. The Dive Centre Provides daily introduction lagoon and boat dives, with light refreshments served after every treasured water experience, also available are dive packages that will include accommodation if needed, complimentary pick up/ drop off from your resort, and a variety of courses from open water to dive master and specialties.

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Best dive boat!

I was tossing up whether to dive or not during my stay in Rarotonga because the snorkelling was so good. But I decided to pop in to the Dive Centre after a recommendation from... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i booked into the dive center in advance befor our holiday along with many other acctivaties . the day after we landed on the island i phoned the big fish dive center to confirm the time of my dive only to be told that i did not have a booking this disappointed me as i was looking forward to it... More 

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The_Dive_Centre, Owner at The Dive Centre - The Big Fish, responded to this review

Kia Orana Adam, We are very sorry that you are disappointed which is understandable. I heard the first time about this as you called me so please let me explain our side of the story. Yes, you booked in advance by phone for Wednesday the 5.4.17, which was confirmed by giving us your credit card details. I remember my staff... More 

Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

I was tossing up whether to dive or not during my stay in Rarotonga because the snorkelling was so good. But I decided to pop in to the Dive Centre after a recommendation from the place I was staying at (The Black Pearl) and I met Tom who enthusiastically described the dive and what we could see. Lucky for me... More 

1 Thank JessieCl0ud
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

This dive shop was close to our resort and so convenient. After fitout, we went north to Avarua harbor to shelter from the South-easterly that had been blowing for days. Our dive spots were just out of the harbour and the water was so clear, especially considering the wind. The operator found us some rays, sharks, very colorful corals and... More 

1 Thank PenLea
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Tom was a great dive guide on the couple days diving we had with The Dive Centre, and the skipper was friendly. They had a lovely hard boat which was covered with water and coconut to snack on board. We headed out on small groups to sites that were perfect with 20-40m visibility. Many hard corals to see along with... More 

1 Thank Neviden
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Such a great place to experience diving! They gave great details and explanations into all the gear which was very interesting. Perfect introductory course, skills were demonstrated for us to learn. However the weather wasn't the greatest on the day we went so didn't get time to practice these underwater. The guys there we so friendly and easy to talk... More 

1 Thank RachelMoo2
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

I first walked into the shop, and was not sure what to expect but within seconds of entering was greeted by Sabine with a huge warm, welcoming smile. This became the standard over my multiple dives with The Dive Center not just with Sabine, but with the entire crew; Sasha, Tom, Max, Ari, Oscar and Hugh. As I completed multiple... More 

2 Thank Kyle U
Ngatangiia, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

I did my PADI certification with The Big Fish, and have had many great dives with Sabine and Sascha and their team of dive masters. Great equipment and level of experience makes for a no fuss experience when diving. Do it!

1 Thank Enuarurutini T
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

I was fortunate to do my PADI Open Water Diver certification with The Dive Centre in October and have already racked up 8 dives. Sabine and Sascha (the fabulous duo who own and operate the dive centre) went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable throughout the course and were extremely helpful the whole way through and let... More 

1 Thank Danielinthesun
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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

This was my second time diving with Sasha and Sabine and I was welcomed back like an old friend. As my partner hadn't dived in over a year, they recommended that he do a refresher dive, which he did. The briefing by the dive master was very clear and concise and covered all the essential parts. They then went over... More 

1 Thank Phillip S
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

It's a small world. Who would have thought we would have been instructed by a fellow Chicagoan in such a remote part of the world. Lucky us! We (5 of us) took instruction from Max and dove in the lagoon prior to two dives beyond the reef. We were given excellent instruction, fitted into excellent gear, were transported to their... More 

2 Thank CherylG310SClinton

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