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Rarotonga Holidays

The circular shaped Rarotonga is the vibrant centre of the Cook Islands. The high mountain peaks overlook palm fringed shores and lush green rainforests cascade to meet translucent waters. Discover the colourful marine life in abundance on the reef, explore the warm lagoon and relax on many inviting white sandy beaches.

As with all the Cook Islands, Rarotonga is a delight when seen from above; the sparkling blue lagoon catches the sunlight, inviting you in. It’s an offer you really shouldn’t refuse, as the Rarotonga lagoon is warm, full of brightly coloured fish and fringed by palm trees and white sand. It really is an island paradise, so pick your favourite of the resorts situated along the beach and take time to relax.

Experience Rarotonga’s culture

Rarotonga may be the youngest of the 15 Cook Islands, but it has a rich history. A big part of that history is music. You’ll hear daily chants and songs from the churches as well as the beat of hollowed out tree trunk drums, a skill taught to children and passed on to each generation.

Experience proud traditions like the tumunu bushland ceremonies, and their legendary uninhibited dances. The dances and ceremonies involve a hip-swaying side-to-side dance of the women, with knee-slapping from the men.

Things to do in Rarotonga

Probably the most famous beach on the island is Muri, which has shallow waters and some formations of coral to be explored.

Aside from relaxing on the sand or enjoying the sea activities, it’s possible to trek from north to the south coast in just three to four hours. It’s a fantastic way to see some of Rarotonga’s most beautiful scenery, such as the Needle, the Papua Stream and Wigmore’s Waterfall. After the hike, cool off in the lagoon to end your day.

What to do in Rarotonga

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to Rarotonga.

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Places to stay in Rarotonga

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Rarotonga holiday.

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Recommended experiences

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Australia encompassed

Australasia Encompassed

30 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £8,969 per person

Embark on an ultimate round the world adventure, immersing yourself in Maori culture, relaxing on pristine beaches and soaking in stunning natural beauty along the way.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Culture & history
  • Food & wine
  • Luxury travel
  • Round the world
  • Wildlife & nature

Quintessential Cook Islands

17 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £4,795 per person

This suggested itinerary blends the cosmopolitan cities of Los Angeles and Auckland with the picture-perfect beaches of the Cook Islands.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Luxury travel
  • Round the world

Rarotonga Essentials

6 Day Package
From £565 per person

An idyllic destination after a journey Down Under, the Cook Islands are a place of warm smiles and friendly people. Explore the island of Rarotonga under your own steam.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Luxury travel
  • Round the world

Island Hopping Essentials

Combine the idyllic islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki for a taste of traditional Polynesian culture and some of the best island hopping in the South Pacific.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Culture & history
  • Round the world

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