Travel Story «Snorkelling in Rarotonga»
03 May 2006
Last Update 04 May 2006
Kia orana again.
Rarotonga is a divers and snorkeller's paradise, it seems. Of course, we are not talking about the Great Barrier or the Red Sea, and as we are no divers (planned for later this year Egypt), we certainly enjoyed the colourful marine life of the inner lagoon. We went snorkelling about every second day, in the afternoon, where the visibility is superb. The most common underwater friend we had was the Picasso Triggerfish ( Rhinecanthus Aculeatus, i wanted to impress you ...), they are everywhere. Other species include goatfish, the beautiful Moorish Idol, butterflyfish, trumpetfish, flutemouth, Unicorn and Sea Bream.
The coral within the reef is mainly dead, which of course makes it sometimes hard to find certain species but in the waters of Rarotonga, there is always something new hiding around the next corner.
Best snorkelling beaches are Aro'a and Muri.