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Rarotonga is the capital and hub of the Cook Islands.

This island paradise is the largest and youngest island (2.3 million years old) of the group. It’s a just 32 kms right around the island with a resident population of about 11,000 people. The main township Avarua is located on the north side of the island.

Rarotonga is encircled by a fringing reef and lagoon, so water-based activities are on offer everywhere. There’s a wide range of accommodation options, transport, tours and activities, sports and eventsart, restaurants and cafes, activities for children and much more!

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Must Do's While You Experience Rarotonga

Sip on a cocktail

Sip on a cocktail, while you lie in a deck chair as the sun sets over the lagoon – then take a moonlit stroll on the beach

Tackle the cross

Tackle the cross-island trek – a great way to see the rainforest side of the Island

Take a lagoon cruise

Take a lagoon cruise into Muri Lagoon and the surrounding reef. Spot giant Trevally fish and try crab racing.

Sample the local cuisine

Sample the local cuisine including an umu or the national dish ika mata (fresh tuna marinated in coconut milk, lime and chilli)

Swing your hips

Swing your hips with the incredible Cook Island dancers at an island night

This is a diving paradise

This is a diving paradise. The visibility all year round is 30 metres, with warm waters of 25 degrees, with so much to see – and it’s just so easy

Cycle around

Cycle around the inner road of the island, a great way to see local life and spot some of the ancient Marae

Buy a multi-coloured Pareu

Buy a multi-coloured Pareu (a sarong) from the roadside or at a store in Avarua

Stock up on black pearls

Stock up on black pearls, wood carvings and local art as gifts for family and friends, from the popular Punanga Nui Markets in Avarua (open Saturday mornings until midday)

Snorkel in crystal clear waters

Snorkel in crystal clear waters, collecting shells and spotting the colourful trigger fish and blue starfish