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By Ariki Adventures
Recommended by 97% of travellers
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Ages 7-70, max of 12 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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  • Equipment (Sea Scooter, Mask, Snorkel and Fins)
  • Professional guides
What's not included
  • Wetsuit Hire


Start:
  • Rarotonga Island Villas 2, P6M9+V9C, Takitumu District, Cook Islands
    Meeting location is on the south coast close to Avaavaroa Passage. Look for the Ariki Adventures signs with car parking on the inland side and you walk across the road to the beach where our crew will be waiting. Look for the yellow Can Am Defender vehicle and trailer.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 65454P1

    • We schedule our adventure timetable 5 days in advance to allow for the changing weather conditions here in Rarotonga.
    • You MUST contact Ariki Adventures at least 5 days in advance to your preferred tour date to ensure your tour time and starting location.
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Turtle Sea Scooter Safari?
    Turtle Sea Scooter Safari price starts from $190.94. Discover and book Turtle Sea Scooter Safari on Tripadvisor
    What is the Turtle Sea Scooter Safari cancellation policy?
    Turtle Sea Scooter Safari cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Turtle Sea Scooter Safari on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Turtle Sea Scooter Safari?
    Turtle Sea Scooter Safari is hosted by Ariki Adventures. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Ariki Adventures on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Turtle Sea Scooter Safari on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Turtle Sea Scooter Safari?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book Turtle Sea Scooter Safari on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 65454P1

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    • Ariki Adventures
      422
      Rarotonga, Cook Islands
      Joined in November 2015
    • Discover34840004273
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing
      This was truly an amazing experience. I only wished the current had been better. The team was amazing. The girls were so very helpful to us. The turtles that swam up to me and touch me with their fins were just fantastic. We are so happy that we chose this tour!! Thank you
      Written 16 December 2023
    • B2455LYgiorgiom
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      They don't keep their promises
      I booked the excursion, no problem with overseas transaction. Then, not being able to participate, I canceled within the terms indicated on the site. After 3 months, I never received the refund. So they don't keep what they promise, they are not serious. Perhaps there may have been problems with the refund via international bank transfer, but when I paid there were no/any problem ....
      Written 28 November 2023
    • 6SteveS
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Memorable - not to be missed
      We took the anti-clockwise bus to the snorkel drop-off stop, where we were soon met by Mets and Maddie, two of Ariki’s very pleasant and competent tour guides who explained the basics of swimming with a scooter in the fast-flowing channel to the deeper part of the reef. They carefully described their safety procedures, and outfitted us with good quality masks, snorkels, and flippers. We went into the deeper channel with a 10-adult group of young and middle aged folk, with one guide leading, the other bringing up the rear. Our little scooters, the very latest, dragged us along easily through the current flowing by the coral drop-off. We saw several turtles, including a 90 year old-timer and plenty of colourful fish. One particularly good thing about the tour was that our guides kept us together, never letting us become separated. The scooters gave us extra oomph to skim along with ease and made it a thrilling experience, particularly for people who have snorkelled before. A personal view: I don't think this is appropriate for young children, the elderly or the faint-hearted.
      Written 22 November 2023
    • endined
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Expectations exceeded!
      Absolutely amazing and safe. Guides were on point and the turtles (kaitiaki) breathtaking. Loved the time in their whare!! Definitely recommend 100%. Meitaki mata!
      Written 11 November 2023
    • Vacation68349072547
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Bad!!
      Poor customer service. Had to wait 2 weeks for refund after cancelation with no response to emails or apology. I also think they allow people to get too close to the turtles. This makes me very sad for the turtles. 😒
      Written 27 October 2023
    • cfathena
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Generally as expected
      This tour was definitely more positive than negative. Most of my group were doing the scooter tour, but I was doing the snorkeling tour only which netted me a private guide so that was a win. The water was clear enough and I saw fish, at least a dozen turtles, rays and even an eel. So that was all good fun. The guide picked up a sea cucumber and a starfish for me to check out. The reason I’m knocking a star off was that the guide spent a lot of time bad mouthing the other companies, and I’m not sure if it was a language barrier, or just disinterest, but sort of dodging my questions about the environment and the things I was seeing. Once on shore he quickly turned his attention to the next group without so much is a good bye or Thank you. also, all of the scooter people seem to be having their picture taken for purchase, but I never did.
      Written 24 October 2023
    • redunn55
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Must Do When in Rarotonga
      Even on a rainy day it was still the most amazing experience. Can’t thank our wonderful guides enough they were just amazing. Great induction prior to going in water on both safety, the turtles, the reef and instruction on scooter use both out and in water before commencing out to reef. So many different fish and lots of turtles. Scooters a must as currents very strong. They also had inflatable boat close by if you needed a rest or to get back to shore. Highly recommend Ariki Adventures.
      Written 5 October 2023
    • SandraH347
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Surreal experience
      I bought this tour for my husband, he said it was amazing and at times surreal, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and highly recommended it
      Written 22 August 2023
    • LightPacker233010
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Breathtaking memorable tour
      The water was so warm and the snorkelling was absolutely amazing,beautiful,exciting & did I say amazing. I absolutely love turtles and on this tour you got to see plenty I even had a turtle that was trying to follow me which was such an amazing experience. The tour guides are absolutely amazing they made sure my 12 year old was always safe as well as making sure everyone on the tour was safe. My family will definitely be returning to Rarotonga to do this turtle tour again. We highly recommend them they are amazing
      Written 8 August 2023
    • svs27
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Swimming with Turtles & water scooters
      Swimming with the turtles & being able to see them so close was amazing. Highly recommend. Using the water scooters was fun. We saw heaps of turtles & the guides were friendly, helpful & informative. Having a professional photographer capture the under water moments was great, we even managed a good group photo.
      Written 11 June 2023
    • moniquesJ56KT
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great family activity
      This is an awesome experience for the whole family. The guides are awesome with children who are afraid to go in, very encouraging. Very informative fun experience. Will love to do again if i get back to raro. Highly recommend. Loved it loved it!
      Written 27 March 2023
    • G2089MFtarab
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Turtle tour
      Such an awesome tour. This is the 2nd tour we’ve been on and this was the best. The scooters give it the edge over all other turtle tours and so worth it. Friendly guides make the tour great. Such good value for money. an awesome experience. A must do. Would definitely do again!! Only downfall was the go pro we paid for to capture our footage wasn’t charged so we couldn’t get as many pics as we would’ve liked. We did get a refund but would’ve preferred our own personal go pro to capture all pics we wanted. Other then that, no issues!
      Written 12 March 2023
    • elizabethannea2023
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      THE BEST EXPERIENCE!
      My family and I did the turtle snorkel tour with Ariki Adventures and it was truly the best! The team were awesome and encouraging! We had someone in our family who had a back injury and the team gave him something to lean on during the tour so he wouldn’t miss out. We had a 7 year old who was afraid of the water but they put her in a life jacket and she also had something to lean on in case she got afraid. There was always a staff member close by with a boat and one of the team members would take our 7 year old to the boat when she wanted a boat and never complained! Definitely worth it and would 100% do it all again with Ariki Adventures!
      Written 27 January 2023
    • rebeccakN7937QH
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Outstanding!
      OMG - never miss out on this experience! Kids and adults included, see amazing reef views, with fish alongside and outstanding guides! Sam and Dom were simply superb! If you do anything in Raro - do this.
      Written 20 December 2022
    • willcY1717EN
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      10/10
      A must if travelling to Rarotonga! Did some great activities but this was a definite winner. Felt very safe as well.
      Written 30 November 2022
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    Katebk1
    New Zealand8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just enjoying a beer reflecting on the Turtle Safari tour we have just finished with Ariki Adventures. My lasting impression will be of the graceful and majestic turtles we swam with for over 90 minutes. But I'm also left with the sense that I have just experienced one of the most professional and well run adventure trips that I have ever partaken in.
    The sea scooters are a great extension to snorkeling. They allow the amateur to double their submerge time, letting technology do the hard yards and allowing you to concentrate on the seascape all around.
    The team (there were four staff for our group of nine) take you clearly through the scooter operation and safety procedures. The main issue is the strong rip that the turtles tend to congregate around. But with three staff in the water and one following on a paddle board we never felt out of control.
    Once in the water the scooters allow you to extend your basic skills to almost 'James Bond' like capabilities. An average swimmer, I was able to use the scooter to dive down and swim along side the coral reef tracking a beautiful turtle as she gently cruised beside us.
    We saw numerous lagoon fish, but no Eagle Rays. Maybe next time as it's both a once in a life time experience and a must do each time to visit the glorious Cook Islands. We will be back
    Written 29 March 2022
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    Meitaki Maata for this awesome review. It makes the crew feel good when we deliver a fantastic experience. The full team effort. Hopefully see you again soon.
    Written 31 March 2022
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    Sarah P
    Wellington, New Zealand8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    An amazing experience to swim with turtles
    The sea scooters were very needed as you shoot through the water, alot of fun. the guides keep you so safe and you do a mini test at the beginning so you know your way around it.
    We came on a rainy day but you're going to get soaked anyway, please note there was nowhere to put your bags - luckily we had a rental car, so the rest of the group put their bags in the back seat
    We wouldnt recommend this tour if you can't swim or snorkel, you need to be confident in the water as you go out pretty far but its a question they ask you when you book so no lying! there was one lady who wasn't as confident and she ended up getting a life jacket and was connected to the guide which was completely fine
    Afterwards you get some fresh paw paw and watermelon which was much needed as you may be accidently swallowing salt water and the baby shower that is put on the snorkel for anti-fog purposes (a game changer!)
    Written 26 December 2022
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    Meitaki for the review Sarah. We look forward to hosting you again soon.
    Written 28 December 2022
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    KyleeNZ
    Upper Hutt, New Zealand9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2022 • Couples
    Jo was a fantastic lead guide and made sure everyone on the safari made the most of viewing all the sealife including the turtles. The highlight for me was when one of the turtles came up for air. Lee was another fantastic guide who was on a paddle board making sure we were all safe and sorting equipment issues which was great as I needed to swap my mask. I was a bit nervous as although I'm very confident in the water my snorkeling skills were very rusty but once we got started all nerves were gone. This is one of the best snorkeling tours I have ever done. Such good value for money also so make sure you fit this into your holiday.
    Written 10 June 2022
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    Willy G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022
    Absolutely 10/10 experience with Ariki. From the get go, the staff were friendly and professional and made us feel totally at ease with the environment we were entering. The sea-scooters are easy to use, and add a sense of control to the experience. My wife had been quite nervous about swimming in one of the island's passages, but was completely relaxed throughout thanks to the visible and numerous safety measures, and unbeatable competence of our guides.
    Before we went on the trip, we were hoping, but not expecting, to see a couple of turtles. We were blown away by how many we got to see - the operators knew exactly where they would likely be, and practically treated them like old friends!
    Also very nice to know that a portion of the cost goes directly toward the conservation of the turtles we swam with.
    An absolute must-do when in Raro.
    Written 8 May 2022
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    Meitaki Maata for your review. We are so happy you enjoyed the experience with us! Hope to see you back again soon.
    Written 12 May 2022
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    SelwynLakeLodge
    Saskatoon, Canada2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    There are other tour operators offering a similar experience, but hands down you see the value for your money during the excursion. The equipment is fantastic, the staff are well trained and organized and it is a very professionally run company. Plus a portion of the fees goes to turtle conservation, which is great!
    Written 30 January 2020
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    Maz
    Wellington, New Zealand9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Couples
    Was an amazing experience and as a special gift for my husband’s special milestone birthday it didn’t disappoint. Saw lots of turtles up close and an huge amount of eagle rays in the distance. The sea scooters were great fun but also a real help in the fast flowing current of the channel. The staff from Ariki were all really professional, clearly accomplished in the water, great at pointing out sealife and they took safety and reef /sealife welfare really seriously, which was important to us - we were out at the same time as another company (not sure which) and to be honest seeing them made me really pleased I’d picked Ariki - it was worth every cent for the experience itself but also how safe we felt (detailed briefing, the guides, and the safety boat) and the respect shown to the marine environment…also make sure you grab a coffee at the Flying Turtle cafe if you go there to book, was the best we had.
    Written 14 November 2023
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    Kia Orana, thank you for taking the time to give us such an amazing review for our team. We all appreciate each and everyone that comes on our tours and has an amazing experience to go home with. We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. Take care :)
    Written 20 November 2023
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    Coastal49941365882
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023 • Solo
    I wandered in off the street deciding to book an adventure. The amazing team on the reception desk got me sorted for soon to be the best experience of my life!
    I've always wanted to see a turtle in it's own environment, just chilling out. I lost count of how many I saw doing just that, it was amazing!
    The team in the water were so friendly and taught us heaps about the environment, the turtles and their quirks.
    Being a smaller group, I felt so safe the whole time with paddle boards and a boat. I really felt like the turtles were more relaxed with less of us around too.
    The photographer made sure everyone had a photo opportunity, I was a little nervous I'd have to go completely under, but nope, he got awesome photos!
    Also, you must test out the sea scooter at 3rd speed. It's the best feeling!
    Written 31 March 2023
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    Meitaki! Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so happy to hear that you had the best time. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written 3 April 2023
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    Russell
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    I was very impressed with the professionalism of this tour. Safety for both the participants and the animals was paramount and the guides expertise ensured that we not only saw turtles and other sea life but were given an understanding of them. Even coral, sponges and sea cucumbers were pointed out and their significance explained. Sea life that could be easily missed by the inexperienced were pointed out to ensure nobody missed out. Whilst this was a Turtle adventure, the highlights to me were a school of Eagle Rays and a giant Conger Eel. The sea scooters were a great help to get about even against currents. Although I snorkeled about the reefs every day and saw amazing sea life on my own, I still rate this experience as THE activity to do in Rarotonga. The only negative was that my wife could not join us as her glasses were incompatable with the mask and she cannot wear contacts nor see without them. I hope we can find a solution before our next visit.
    Written 1 March 2020
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    Cornelia M
    Opotiki, New Zealand10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    A wonderful adventure, the team at Ariki take all the guesswork out of the unknown. They professionally guide you through the experience with calm and confidence. I have to admit that I got a wee bit nervous after hearing some stories of rescues, all with different operators..
    Once in the water there was not a moment of fear, we felt looked after and were able to focus on the sealife at hand, admiring the gentle turtles very close up, saw rays at the sea floor, a lion fish, a puffer fish and the usual crowd of colourfil feef fish.
    Hopefully the team is back in the water before too long and the bubble between NZ and Cook Island can operate again.
    Written 25 August 2021
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    Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your tour. Stay safe over there in New Zealand. Kai Manuia, Team Ariki
    Written 27 August 2021
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    Andrew G
    Auckland Central, New Zealand12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021 • Couples
    My wife and two children did this today. It has been by far the best experience of all our overseas travels. The staff were amazing especially Kave who made sure our daughter got the full experience (it has always been her dream to swim with turtles) this was a 10/10 experience. Make sure you pre book though as they book out quick. Thanks Ariki Adventures
    Written 9 August 2021
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    Hey guys thanks so much for the review. The pleasure was ours! Meitaki Maata
    Written 12 August 2021
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