Raro Reef Sub
Raro Reef Sub
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beachcomber503
Canby6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We visited from the USA. We did try twice during our stay on Rarotonga. (May 2023) Both times communication from the Raro-sub folks was lacking, and the weather uncooperative. ( that cant be helped of course) My family is coming back to Rarotonga in mid July 2024 and we are bringing our young teen grand-girls. For the sake of the benefit of the doubt, the positive reviews and the girls fondest wishes to see sea turtles and whales, we will try again. I have every hope and confidence in the Raro-Subs people to make things a great time. Im sure they put their heart and soul into it.
Kindest Regards, Pastor Dorie Courtney
Written 9 May 2024
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gregbnz
Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Awesome family friendly experience where you get up close and personal with some huge Giant Trevallys and other reef fish. The windows down in the hull gave a great viewing experience and was much better than any glass bottom boat trip could provide - our toddler loved it. Seeing the shipwreck was an added bonus, would love to come back during whale season as seeing them underwater would have been magical.
Written 30 October 2023
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Discover14870056312
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Beautiful time. The hosts were very informative. Saw turtles and giant trevally. The shipwreck was interesting. Would recommend
Written 28 October 2023
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Emily W
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Steph and Alberto are incredibly friendly and accommodating. What an epic family friendly experience, small group so everyone gets a front seat view, not rushed and with the added local information. We cannot be more grateful and we saw whales unexpected swimming UNDER the boat!
Written 4 September 2023
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exploringforever123
Tauranga, New Zealand14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Awesome morning out. Got to see whales up close which was a highlight 🐋🌞 captain and Steph were lovely and informative. Great fun with young kids
Written 2 September 2023
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E Marshall
New Zealand11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
A good trip out on the water in good weather. You can either sit on top or below in the under water chamber. Host was very knowledgeable. Got to see some good sites... and did manage to see some whales in the far distance.
Written 5 August 2023
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aussiewanderers
Sydney, Australia607 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The vessel is of course not a submarine, but is a sturdy steel boat with a deep hull with slanting windows in it. You can either sit on deck or climb down the vertical ladder into the hull to view underneath the water. Persons with mobility issues will find going down the ladder very difficult. There are about 14 windows but only 4 have seats, so if you want a comfortable viewing time, arrive at the dock at least 20mins to the hour and as soon as you board the vessel, descend into the hull to claim a seated window. If the boat is crowded, not everyone will be able to fit downstairs at once, so you will be asked to vacate your window and go upstairs to the deck to give room for other people to view. It can get stuffy down in the hull if you stay there a long time, but that is the price of retaining your window.

Don't do this trip if you want to see colourful coral - you will see little of that. Not through any fault of the Cook Islanders or tour operators, just the bad luck of multiple frequent cyclones and then Crown of Thorn starfish attacks. Almost all the coral is dead and broken. It is informative to see for yourself the extent of destruction.

Quite apart from the coral, there are other interesting things to see. One is the remains of an early twentieth century shipwreck. You get to see the coral-encrusted ship rudder lying on the sea bottom, the drive shaft, engine block and boiler. The other highlight is the giant trevally fish which follow the boat hoping for a feed from the captain occasionally. They are right on the other side of the window, close up.

Once you've seen all this, the vessel turns around headed for home. That is a good opportunity to give up your window seat and go upstairs onto the deck to enjoy the island scenery from offshore as you approach and then enter the harbour.

Overall, this is a worthwhile experience and worth the price. Kids will love it. Book well ahead in peak tourist season (at least 48hrs if you are flexible as to what hour, otherwise book a few days ahead)..
Written 18 July 2023
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jacksonwhanau
Christchurch, New Zealand16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We were first timers to Rarotonga and decided to do this tour, Captains Magic and Sharkey were great, lots of info, the Giant Travally were amazing to see and the real highlight of the trip, we even see a turtle out in the ocean, definitely a fun hour or so, the below deck was also awesome to look out from, it was definitely a good experience
Written 14 June 2023
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Robyn W
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Absolutely worth the money. "Magic Mike" entertains, while advising when to go down the ladder to the underwater chamber to see a shipwreck, coral, fish and trevally following the boat.
Written 1 June 2023
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rjbathgate
Tauranga4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
After multiple days of trying to find a time when they were going out, we arrived at the harbour as requested, 15 minutes before departure and waited... And waited. We eventually gave up and later received a message that they'd decided to cancel for the day, despite the sea conditions being good and having confirmed to us and another group to be there.

This, along with the hassle of even trying to get them to confirm a day and time, really makes it feel like they just don't really care and aren't interested.

We wanted to do this so our two young girls could see the reef. They were super excited in the morning but spent the afternoon disappointed and upset.

My recommendation? Don't bother. They don't seem to.

I have seen some replies to other reviews like this explaining the sub was leased to someone else at the time hence the poor experience but to be honest that doesn't make any difference, and doesn't fix anything.
Written 27 April 2023
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