Why you'll love your Rarotonga holiday
The main island of The Cook Islands, 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!
Aitutaki and its lagoon
captivate visitors from that first glimpse out the aircraft window. Startlingly white swathes of sand contrast with the deep azure of the encircling Pacific Ocean and the remarkable turquoise of its lagoon studded with tiny islets. Just a 45 minute flight from Rarotonga it’s possible to visit Aitutaki
on a day trip however we recommend you stay at least 2 nights to soak up the beautiful surroundings and really get a feel for this little piece of paradise. Hire a bike and explore the deserted beaches, tiny villages and white washed churches! Swim with schools of tropical fish in the lagoon, luxuriate in the sand under a palm tree and eat freshly caught barbecued fish. If you are visiting over the weekend we also highly recommend you pop into the markets on a Saturday at Aratunga Wharf where you will see a hype of activity with locals and tourists alike. Purchase that colourful sarong, indulge in the fresh produce or pick up a souvenir to take back home.