Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Cook Islands Why You Should Visit Rarotonga Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Cook Islands Why You Should Visit Rarotonga story by: House of Travel Rarotonga evokes plenty of images of tropical bliss, from tall palm trees wavering in the wind to endless warm blue water. The capital of the Cook Islands nation, it's a wonderful place for holidays, whether restful or full of adrenalin-pumping adventure. Here are just some of the reasons why Rarotonga should be your next holiday destination! Good things come in small packages The island of Rarotonga has a modest 32 kilometre circumference, meaning you can explore plenty of it with ease. Traffic is not a problem here! Jump aboard the island bus that will pick you up and drop you off almost anywhere you like, or hire a scooter and buzz around the island yourself. You can also opt to get active by hiring a bicycle or walking on your own two feet. However you travel, explore the compact island and discover hidden beaches, secret coves and beautiful sea caves. Then swim to your heart's content! The many wonders of the ocean Speaking of water, Rarotonga has some of the best! Surrounded by inviting ocean, those who love watersports, diving, snorkelling, fishing and plenty more will simply love Raro. You can expect an underwater world full of bright coral, colourful fish and other fascinating sea creatures to boot. Why not learn how to live like a local and try bone fishing or paddle boarding out on the calm waters of Muri Beach? History and heritage waiting to be discovered Rarotonga has a fascinating history, which dates all the way back to 1500BC when Maori ancestors landed on the Cook Islands. How did they manage to navigate their giant canoes to these islands? Through a culture of using the stars and exceptional seamanship and navigation that still permeates the Rarotongan lifestyle today. Visit villages and discover this for yourself. You'll soon find that dance, song and drumming are all integral parts of the local culture, which you'll be welcomed into with open arms. The surrounding landscape is also incredibly impressive, built up over time from deposits of ash and other debris. Drawing comparisons to the landscape of the moon, it has to be seen to be believed. The island is easy to get to as well. Tanna is just a 35-minute flight from the capital Port Vila. The mountain is easily accessible from the airport, with a number of tours and transfers available. It won't be long before you're gazing at the majestic Mount Yasur! Click here for Cheap Flights to Rarotonga or HOT Cook Islands Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The best of Raro's bars and restaurants Read more Add or remove from Wishlist The Pacific Islands: When to go Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.