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Rarotonga

Rarotonga

The main island of the Cooks, Rarotonga, is not only a holiday destination in itself but the gateway to more far-flung isles. Not that you have to leave its sandy shores.

Sink into island time and never leave your resort, but if you want to venture out, Rarotonga has plenty to offer. Take the local bus around the island, hire a motor scooter or bike and stop at your choice of idyllic beaches, or watch the sun set over the reef.

Rarotonga is almost completely encircled by a lagoon, so water-based activities are on offer everywhere. While on land, join an island tour or tackle the cross-island trek. Don’t miss the Muri Beach night market. The market has a selection of delicious local food stalls and live music on Thursdays and Sundays, it’s the place to be. Enjoy one of the many island feasts offered at the resorts. You might get picked to show your dancing skills on stage along with the friendly locals. Practice those twirling hips!

(Image: ©Cook Islands Tourism)




SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN RAROTONGA



Island Night ISLAND NIGHT

This is a great way to experience the vibrant local culture. The major hotels put on an Island Night at least once a week, with traditional song and dance and an island-style feast known as an umukai.

Dining Out DINING OUT
 

Book your table on the grand verandah at Tamarind House and sit back and enjoy some of the finest food on Rarotonga. The atmosphere is elegant and classically South Seas.

Local Nightlife LOCAL NIGHTLIFE
 

Enjoy a night on the town – There’s certainly enough bars and pubs to keep you entertained in Rarotonga. And no trip to Raro is complete without at least one visit to the iconic Trader Jacks. 

Moorings Fish Cafe TRY RAROTONGA'S BEST SIGNATURE DISH AT THE MOORING FISH CAFÉ
 

Perhaps the most famous meal on the island is the Mooring’s FOB Sandwich (fish on bread). The freshly caught mahimahi, lime juice, and their special aioli will have you salivating before you even get the plate. It’s also said to be the best value meal on the island.  (Image: ©Cook Islands Tourism)

Fruists of Rarotonga FRUITS OF RAROTONGA - TIKIOKI
 

‘Fruits of Rarotonga’ is one of the islands permanent marine parks, with a nearby café for post snorkelling refreshments.  (Image: ©Cook Islands Tourism)

 

Market PUNANGA NUI MARKET

Punanga Nui Market is a must-do for unique and well-priced Pacifica pieces, clothing, handicrafts and black pearls. Although opent Monday to Friday from 8am-4pm, Saturday is the main market day.

Wigmores Waterfall WIGMORE'S WATERFALL

On the eastern side of the island, a dirt road leads inland to Wigmore’s Waterfall, a lovely cascade dropping into a fresh, cool swimming pool. (Image: ©Cook Islands Tourism)

Sunday Church Service SUNDAY SERVICE

Sunday is dedicated to church. Withess truly fabulous singing and an equally fabulous welcome is guaranteed, so don’t be shy – but do dress respectfully. (Image: ©Cook Islands TourismKieran Scott)




RAROTONGA ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our resort options in Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Edgewater Resort and Spa
EDGEWATER RESORT & SPA
★★★half star
Kiwi’s just love this great value for money beachfront resort with its range of accommodation styles. Everything from Studios, Garden and Lagoon view rooms to Absolute Beachfront Deluxe Suites and Three Bedroom Garden or Beachfront Villas, you’re sure to find the right fit. Be it a romantic and relaxed escape, a much needed family getaway or just some downtime.
Sunset Resort
SUNSET RESORT
★★★half star
Located on the sheltered western side of the island, Sunset Resort is an intimate property, providing you with a relaxed, casual holiday on one of Rarotonga’s premier beaches. The beachfront location provides guests with an unspoilt view of Rarotonga’s crystal clear blue lagoon.
Manuia Beach Resort
MANUIA BEACH RESORT
★★★★
With just 24 attractive suites, each separated by sandy paths and gorgeous tropical gardens, this Adults only boutique resort is a private and very appealing choice. The house motto here is ‘every guest is special’. On-site managers and staff go out of their way to make sure it applies, so you can be sure of a warm, personal welcome and an enjoyable stay. In fact, this great little resort received an international certificate of excellence last year; no surprise to its many fans.
Pacific-Resort-Rarotonga
PACIFIC RESORT RAROTONGA
★★★★
This 4-star boutique resort is superbly situated on 5.5 acres of manicured beachfront grounds, just steps away from the water, sand and sun. Pacific Resort Rarotonga’s traditional Polynesian architecture and lush tropical gardens blend harmoniously with the picturesque surroundings of Muri Lagoon, offering the ideal location for those looking for a romantic getaway or a relaxing family holiday.








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