Both Teina and Jackie are marine scientists with a strong respect and love for the ocean and its resources. Through Rongohiva Watersports, they hope to share the wonders of the ocean around Rarotonga with some exciting fun in the sun.
Managing director Jackie Rongo says their business caters for those who need time out for some “amazing” experiences.
“We offer banana boat and speed boat rides, snorkelling, and whale watching,” said Rongo.
“After starting our operations in March 2014, we have had exceptional feedback from our customers and we are very thankful to have a really strong local following.
“The ‘coconut wireless’ has been the best way in helping us get the word across to people about our services. After having an awesome time with us, tourists who have heard about us this way have called Ronghiva Rarotonga’s best kept secret!”
Rongo says Rongohiva is the only business on the island offering both speed boat and banana boat rides.
“We also incorporate snorkelling over the reef, and people definitely get a unique experience when they join us.
“We’ve had locals on board who have lived here their whole lives and never snorkelled over the reef before, and have such an amazing experience when they jump into the crystal blue waters.
“The banana boat is also a popular activity, and many residents end up coming back for more.”
During whale season from July to October, Rongohiva’s motto is “safety first” when it comes to encounters with the majestic humpbacks that migrate through Cook Islands waters. The boat ride operates from Monday to Saturday depending on the weather and carries a maximum of 14 passengers.
All passengers are equipped with lifejackets and are taken through a safety briefing before boarding. The staff are certified in CPR and first aid, and Captain Teariki holds a Cook Islands boatmaster’s certificate.
The vessel Eturere is certified to New Zealand standards for safety operations. There are GoPro cameras on board and a cameraman who takes photos of the banana boat rides and activities to document your experience on board. The footage can be bought at the Rongohiva hut in town after the ride. Of course you are welcome to bring your own camera too.
Rongohiva also offers digital screen hires. The company’s mobile outdoor “mega screen” is used at many venues around the island and provides a top class viewing experience. It has been used at a range of memorable events, including movie nights in the Makea Palace grounds at Taputapuatea, the Punanga Nui market, and the Te Maeva Nui celebrations at the national auditorium for Te Maeva Nui celebrations. Rongohiva recently acquired a new screen that can also cater for indoor events.
Visit rongohiva.com for more information, or see Facebook pages Rongohiva Watersports and Rongohiva LED for photos and videos.