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Holidays in Rarotonga

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Top hotels in Rarotonga

Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Pacific Resort Rarotonga
4 out of 5
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$655 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.
4.4/5Wonderful! (211 reviews)

"We loved this resort! The staff and amenities were amazing! We were able to SUP every morning in the gorgeous lagoon, then eat a fabulous continental style breakfast, kayak out to the island and snorkel until the afternoon! So much fun! The food at the resort restaurant is really good! Breakfast ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
3.5 out of 5
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$421 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.
4.6/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)

"It was a great experience staff were friendly & great location"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020

Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
Muri Lagoon View Bungalows
Muri Lagoon View Bungalows
3.5 out of 5
Aroko Drive, Hillside, Rarotonga
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$161 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.
4/5Very Good! (45 reviews)
Will stay again definately

"I loved staying here, the beds were so comfy and the place was spotless clean! Plus location was fantastic very close to Muri and muri night markets. Absolute value for your money. I highly recommend this place. Oh and you can use Muri beach hotel pools when you eat or purchase drinks there. This ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

Muri Lagoon View Bungalows
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top activities in Rarotonga

Glass Bottom Boat, Snorkeling & BBQ Fish Lunch Experience
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Glass Bottom Boat, Snorkeling & BBQ Fish Lunch Experience

AU$74
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Spectacular Over-Water Night Show & Dinner
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Spectacular Over-Water Night Show & Dinner

AU$108
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Glass-Bottom Boat Lagoon Cruise with Barbecue Lunch
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Glass-Bottom Boat Lagoon Cruise with Barbecue Lunch

AU$73
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend

Rarotonga Holidays

Visit the capital of the Cook Islands to hike through mountainous peaks to hidden waterfalls and swim in sparkling blue lagoons off white-sand beaches. Spend your days snorkelling, bush walking and relaxing on palm tree-lined beaches on this island paradise. Rarotonga is part of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific Ocean and is home to the islands’ capital, Avarua. As well as natural beauty and warm waters perfect for swimming, “Raro”, as it’s known locally, offers culture in abundance, including colourful festivals and bustling marketplaces.

While it’s the most populated of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga measures just 32 kilometres (20 miles) at its widest. The island is surrounded by a lagoon, with water that is shallow, warm and full of tropical fish. Beginner snorkellers can learn the ropes in the calm waters off Muri Beach on the east side of the island.

Rarotonga’s natural landscape is made up of small mountainous peaks, rivers and waterfalls. Trek to the stunning Wigmore’s Waterfall and explore hidden valleys and hillside forests on foot or by bicycle. Visit the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens to learn more about the island’s plants and wildlife.

Experience traditional island life in Avarua village. Buy fresh seafood, locally sourced fruit and vegetables and handcrafted souvenirs from the Punanga Nui growers markets on Saturday mornings.

There are no traffic lights on Rarotonga and obstacles such as chickens and coconuts often litter the roadways, making driving difficult. It's best to get around using the bus service that picks up and drops off on demand. It takes about 50 minutes to get around the whole island.

Fly in and out of Rarotonga International Airport. The best way to get between the Cook Islands is by light airplane, as boats and ferries are infrequent. The Cook Islands are self-governing in free association with New Zealand and English is one of the official languages spoken on Rarotonga. You’ll also notice locals speaking Cook Islands Māori, or Rarotongan.

The wet season for the Cook Islands is December to March. It brings more humidity than it does heavy rain, but you’re never far from pristine waters. Plunge into blue lagoons to cool off, then throw a towel down on white-sand beaches and relax.