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'RMS Maitai' Boat Tours & Charter in Avarua District'RMS Maitai' Boat Tours & Charter in Avarua District'RMS Maitai' Boat Tours & Charter in Avarua District'RMS Maitai' Boat Tours & Charter in Avarua District

'RMS Maitai' Boat Tours & Charter in Avarua District

Be captivated and charmed by Cook Island's only semi-submersible! Like many boat tours you are welcomed aboard, seated and entertained with stories and music as you leave the harbour ... then your experience becomes unique. The waters clear and you are invited to go down to the observation deck. What you see will amaze you. Giant trevally, turtles, sharks, puffer fish (and in season) whales are just some of the marine life we see regularly. "It's like diving, but you stay dry." The Boat The 99 year old shipwreck of the RMS Maitai will take your breath away. The coral gardens will enchant you and the staff will go out of their way to ensure your tour is fun and memorable. Eco Tours 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm & 4 pm. Watch as the mighty Giant Trevally surround the boat to be fed fish scraps. See them jump and charge after the food, then follow along looking in the windows at our downstairs guests. See the regeneration of the coral in the coral gardens. In 2005 Rarotonga lost a great deal of of her coral to cyclones. The sub gets up close and personal with a gorgous low lying coral head, full of beautiful colours and tropical fish. Go deeper, out to the dive bouys and explore the surrounding rocks in search of sharks and other large critters that hang out in the deeper waters. In whale season you may be lucky enough to get up close and personal with a gentle humback whale. It's not unusual to have a whale pop up along side the boat, and they love to look in the windows. Prices Adult - $65 Children (3-16 years) - $35 Under 3's Free Book a Charter - $500 Here with a group of friends/family - why not book a charter? It's a great option. The boat is yours for the duration of the trip. We can even stop while you jump off with your flippers for a quick snorkle about. Sunset/BYO cruises can be done by arrangement. A very economical way to enjoy the tour. We can take up to 16 persons. Imagine the fun you can have! *We care about the marine envionoment, and work very hard to keep it prisitine and protect the creatures within. To this end we clean up as we go - any rubbish we see is picked up and disposed of properly. We take class trips out and educate them about marine ecology (at heavlily discounted rates), and we contribute a percentage of our profits to the Te Upukarea Society (a NGO with conservation at it's core).

Starting from

Base Cost
  • $65/person
    1 hour1 person min
Independent Captain
Payments go to the captain directly on your behalf.


16 guests
Tours, Lessons, and Diving
Dolphin Tour

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Hi, I'm Captain Stef   I'm also known as Stephenie Jansen.  I am the owner and captain of Raro Reef Sub. Because it's unusual to see a female captaining a boat, I'm often asked to share my journey with my passengers, so here goes!  I'm a single mother of a wonderful little boy.  I come from Tauranga, New Zealand.  My work background is ten years law enforcement - mainly in south Auckland, then in later years administration.  Late in 2014 I started to feel that I needed to stop working for "the man" and buy a business.  I wanted to be the author of my own destiny.  I not only wanted to do well financially, but needed to be able to spend more time with my son.  I looked and I looked for a business in Tauranga, but they were always overpriced or risky.  Every now and then I would see the Reef Sub's add come up and I would think - how wonderful would that be for someone. 

Features & Details

  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Twin Engine
  • Dual Comm-forward seating
  • Cuddy Cabin
  • Bimini
  • Wheel steering
  • Outboard Engine

Approximate Location

You’ll get directions to the departure location when you make a booking.

The boat's approximate location on a map

Cancellation Policy

Full refund up to 5 days prior.

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