What ever you do in Rarotonga, make sure you catch an ‘Island Night’ where you can sample Cook Islands dancing, singing and umu kai (food cooked using the traditional underground oven).
Keen walkers & cyclists can do one of the many ECO tours that explore historic sites and show traditional weaving and fire starting methods.
There are 4WD tours that take you into some of the more inaccessible parts of Rarotonga finishing with a BBQ on the beach!
The cross island walk is very popular but it is advised to hire a local guide to point out the wildlife, places of interest and make sure you don’t get lost!
Find out what is happening by checking out the latest events calendar during your visit. Rarotonga has many festivals and events which usually occur around the same time every year.
Rarotonga – a unique location
Rarotonga is the youngest of the Cook Islands southern group. The centre of Rarotonga was once a massive volcano but is now covered in a thick tropical jungle and ringed by tropical reef and lagoon.
Rarotonga is the perfect place to unwind and do nothing – but for the more adventurous, there are plenty of activities on hand.
Under the water
Snorkeling and diving adds yet another dimension to the beauty of Rarotonga. The reef fronts the shore to the north of the island, making the lagoon there less suitable for swimming but to the south east, particularly around Muri, the lagoon is at its widest and deepest (2-3m).
Muri Lagoon offers many tropical fish and coral to view without strong currents and waves. Ask the locals where the best places are. The are a number of dive companies in Rarotonga and can give you all the necessary training to have a safe and enjoyable dive.