There is plenty to see in the turquoise lagoon waters of Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Dive with colorful reef fish, small critters like crab and shrimp and also eels. Green sea turtles and hawksbill sea turtles also frequent the reefs, looking for food and resting spots along with whitetip sharks, groupers and humphead wrasse. Closer to the outer reefs at the passes, the diving is more exciting. Schools of barracuda, snapper and fusilier are often seen while grey reef sharks, blacktip sharks and the occasional oceanic whitetip shark patrol the passes. This is also a good place to see eagle rays and oceanic manta rays. Eagle rays are most often seen at Papua Canyon off the south coast of Rarotonga. During the period between July and October, a mega bonus for any diver would be an encounter with the humpback whales which pass through the South Pacific Ocean. Another bonus would be to see hammerhead sharks, which have been spotted occasionally at the drop-offs and in all that blue water.
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