The largest land of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga is the perfect destination if your dream holiday consists of relaxing in the sun alongside breathtaking natural beauty. However, if after a long nap in the white sand you would like some excitement, this island has plenty to offer. For instance, the surrounding turquoise water is marvellous for diving and snorkelling while the extensive, green trails are simply begging to be explored. As this destination is still relatively quiet in terms of tourism, finding cheap flights to Rarotonga is usually a simple task.
Best time to go to Rarotonga
From December through February Rarotonga sees its peak season. Tourists from around the world gather to this beautiful island in order to bask in the warmth and explore its many natural wonders. Accommodation and flights to Rarotonga tend to be a little bit pricier during this time, so it is a good idea to book ahead.
The shoulder season in Rarotonga falls from late March through to early April, then again from September to November. Although many tourists step away from this location during these periods, they are still a great time to visit as you will be able to view the Beachcomber Gallery, take a short trip to one of the other nearby islands, or simply mingle with the friendly locals in relative peace.
Flights are at their cheapest from mid-April to August. Although it is not overly rainy on this island, Rarotonga often sees some rain and humidity during this time and because of that, many tourists flee the island in search of drier climates. If you do not mind the moisture, this is a lovely time to stroll on the beaches, explore the Sir Geoffrey Henry National Culture Centre, or simply relax in one of the many fantastic local accommodations.
Rarotonga Airport and transfer information
Rarotonga International Airport (RAR)
Distance: 3km west of downtown
One of the most economical and convenient methods of ground transport is the local bus; however, you may need to step away from the airport in order to find a bus stop. Taxis are also available, but at a much higher rate. Alternatively you can rent a car. If this is your preference, you will be required to acquire a local driving license.
Online resources for your travel to Rarotonga
The official Cook Islands tourism website provides information on attractions, accommodations, dining and events.
The National Weather Service provides current weather and climate conditions, as well as regular updates.