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Rarotonga, the vibrant hub of the Cook Islands, is a true island paradise. With no traffic lights, fast food chains, or tall buildings, this unspoiled gem is a haven of warmth, frangipani scents, and endless adventure. Whether climbing its volcanic peak or swimming in its turquoise waters, Rarotonga promises a holiday experience like no other.

Visitors can quickly immerse themselves in the island’s beauty, whether it’s kayaking on the crystal-clear lagoon, sipping on a refreshing cocktail, or lounging poolside at their luxurious resort. With easy access around the island, guests are free to enjoy the Rarotonga at their own pace, discovering restaurants and marine reserves with ease – each day relaxing or exploring – you choose.

Map of Rarotonga

Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands, offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Here’s a list of things to do in Rarotonga:

  • Muri Lagoon: Relax on the beautiful Muri Beach, go swimming in the crystal-clear waters, and explore the small islets (motus) by kayak or paddleboard.
  • Cross-Island Trek: Hike through the lush rainforest of Rarotonga, crossing from one side of the island to the other, and be rewarded with stunning panoramic views from the Te Rua Manga (The Needle) peak.
  • Snorkeling and Diving: Discover the vibrant underwater world of Rarotonga by snorkeling or diving in spots like the Aroa Marine Reserve and the nearby shipwreck, the MV Espagnola.
  • Maire Nui Botanical Gardens: Stroll through these beautiful gardens, home to a wide variety of tropical plants, including orchids, palms, and fruit trees.
  • Te Vara Nui Village: Experience Cook Islands culture with a cultural show and buffet dinner, featuring traditional dance, music, and island cuisine.
  • Island Night Shows: Attend a lively island night show at one of the local resorts, showcasing traditional dance, music, and a feast of Polynesian dishes.
  • Tikioki Marine Sanctuary: Snorkel in this marine reserve to see colorful coral, fish, and other marine life. It’s an ideal spot for snorkeling and guided lagoon tours.
  • Punanga Nui Market: Explore the vibrant Punanga Nui Market in Avarua on Saturdays for fresh produce, handicrafts, jewelry, and local food stalls.
  • Wigmore’s Waterfall: Hike to this hidden waterfall in the Takitumu Conservation Area and take a refreshing dip in the pool below.
  • Cross-Island Bus Tour: Take a scenic bus tour around the island, visiting various landmarks and attractions while enjoying the commentary from friendly local guides.
  • Taro Plantations: Learn about traditional taro farming and visit local taro plantations to see how this staple crop is cultivated.
  • Cultural Workshops: Participate in cultural workshops to learn traditional arts and crafts, such as drumming, weaving, and woodcarving.
  • Maungatea Bluff: Hike to the Maungatea Bluff for breathtaking views of the southern coast and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Beachcombing and Sunsets: Spend time beachcombing along Rarotonga’s coastline, collecting shells and enjoying stunning sunsets.
  • Wreck of the Matai: Snorkel or dive to explore the remains of the Matai, a World War II minesweeper sunk just off the coast of Rarotonga.

Rarotonga’s natural beauty, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality make it a fantastic destination for a tropical getaway with a blend of adventure and relaxation.


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