Utanga, a former surf lifesaving guard on the Gold Coast Australia, has a vision to provide safe water activities in and over the lagoon with his business Snorkel Cook Islands.
For those who have not tried snorkelling, an introductory presentation to put first-timers at ease is delivered, and the reef tours are based around a preventative strategy.
“We are an expression of the ultimate ocean adventure built on three core values: safety, authenticity and experience,” says Utanga.
Safety first is the core of their sea tours with an extensive safety briefing, local and internationally experienced lifeguards are on hand for guidance.
The excursions are equipped with rescue tubes, premium equipment, snorkelling tips, and reef friendly sunscreen is provided.
“Areas selected for snorkelling are chosen using local knowledge of the weather and ocean conditions and reflects how we like to enjoy our playground,” he says. “We aim to deliver an experience suitable for everyone.
Guests will hear stories of Cook Islands past, culture and traditions. Underwater photography of the snorkellers’ memories is presented with organic refreshments from the garden.
Utanga has several friends who come on board to assist him with the snorkelling tours and he also offers customised water safety workshops for the tourism industry.
He has represented the Cook Island at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, paddling in the flat water sprint kayak at Eton College’s Dorney Lake. He finished in the top 10 of the of the 7th Surf Ski world series.