A significant leap away from the hum of everyday life, Rarotonga is one of 15 remote islands in the South Pacific. Better known as the Cook Islands, these emerald atolls are set amongst cerulean seas to create a textbook vision of paradise. Rarotonga is the largest of the islands, offering visitors a mix of volcanic mountains, shimmering lagoons, coral reefs and swaying palms.
Time here is taken with a laid-back attitude and there’s a strong value placed on relaxation and a slower pace of life. That said, there are still plenty of things to do in Rarotonga that vary from making the most of the waters with glass-bottomed boat ride and snorkelling trips to hiking through the dense tropical landscape and experiencing traditional village life.
There’s a strong sense of authentic island culture here, from the traditional arts and crafts to music which plays an important role on the island. This enchanting heritage, coupled with breath-taking panoramas, sets Rarotonga apart from the standard beach destination.
Why visit Rarotonga?
The exotic scenery is typical of this part of the world and certainly won’t disappoint – picture myriad tropical marine life in the turquoise lagoon, charming villages and dense jungles backed by mountain vistas
The island has a strong sense of tradition and Polynesian culture, which can be found in the local cuisine, music and arts
It’s a wonderful place to visit if you’re looking to unwind and relax amongst picture-perfect scenery
The beaches here are a strong rival for those found elsewhere in the South Pacific, with unspoiled powdery white sands and clear tropical waters