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Muri Beach

Stretch out comfortably on the bone-white beach while watching the sunrise over Rarotonga’s popular lagoon.

On southeast Rarotonga, find some of the island’s best snorkeling at the idyllic Muri Beach. Lounge on powdery sand, explore exquisite marine life, discover Polynesian culture and heritage and see the sights of Rarotonga Island.

Stay in a beachfront villa and wake up to the sound of gently lapping waves and tropical birds. Enjoy a breakfast of fresh fruit before slipping into the warm waters of the lagoon for a morning swim. Walk barefoot along the beach and look toward the four motu (islets) on the water. Relax under a coconut tree with a favorite book or wade in Muri’s blue-green lagoon.

Scuba dive or snorkel over the magnificent coral reef and see the renowned marine life, living coral and tropical fish. At the north end of the beach is Avana Point, one of the few deep-water passages into Rarotonga. This is where the Maori set sail for New Zealand in their ocean-going wakas during the Great Migration in the 1400s.

Put on walking shoes and hike across the island through lush jungle. Spot native birds and tropical butterflies. Fishing is a popular activity with deep sea and fly fishing tours as well as fishing using traditional Cook Islands techniques. Catch wahoo, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, barracuda, snapper and many other varieties.

Shopping opportunities are always easy to reach on Rarotonga. Browse arts and crafts, tropical fruits and vegetables as well as favorite culinary cuisines at Avarua Wharf's daily Punanga Nui Market. Nearby is a collection of contemporary and traditional arts and crafts at the Beachcomber Pearl Market and Gallery where you can also find the famed black island pearls.

Stop at the historic Ngatangiia Cook Islands Christian Church. Enjoy an evening meal on a beach or have a cocktail while watching Polynesian dance and musical performances.

Get from Muri Beach to other parts of Rarotonga easily with a car, scooter or bicycle rental. A local bus regularly makes the 45-minute trip around the island.

Travel isn't just about ticking off destinations. It's about the people we encounter and the experiences we have on the way!

If you're searching for some great things to do in Muri Beach, you definitely can't go past a Snorkelling Lagoon Cruise Experience or a Glass-Bottom Boat Lagoon Cruise with Barbecue Lunch.

Check out the Muri Beach things to do page for a full list.

Want to make your time spent at Muri Beach even more memorable? Don't miss the chance to try a few of these things to do:

Would you like to make your visit that much more special? A Snorkelling Lagoon Cruise Experience and a Glass-Bottom Boat Lagoon Cruise with Barbecue Lunch are both worth thinking about.

For more activities, peruse our Rarotonga things to do page.


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Best Lodging Options Near Muri Beach

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Muri Beach Club ¥21,926
Muri Beach Club

Muri Beach Club

Muri Beach Point, Rarotonga
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga resort is just steps from Avana Lagoon and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Koromiri are also within 5 minutes.

    Pacific Resort Rarotonga ¥41,501
    Pacific Resort Rarotonga

    Pacific Resort Rarotonga

    Muri Beach, Rarotonga
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga hotel is just steps from Muri Lagoon and Muri Beach. Te Vara Nui Village and Muri Night Markets are also within 5 minutes.

      Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas
      Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas

      Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas

      Muri, Rarotonga
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Offering direct access to the beach, this Rarotonga villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Te Vara Nui Village and Tikioki Marine Sanctuary.

        Muri Beachcomber
        Muri Beachcomber

        Muri Beachcomber

        Muri Beach, Rarotonga
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga resort is just steps from Muri Lagoon and Muri Beach. Te Vara Nui Village and Tikioki Marine Sanctuary are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Te Vakaroa Villas
          Te Vakaroa Villas

          Te Vakaroa Villas

          Ara Tapu (Main Road), Muri Beach, Rarotonga
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga villa is just steps from Muri Night Markets and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Te Vara Nui Village are also within 5 minutes.

            Muri Shores
            Muri Shores

            Muri Shores

            Ara Tapu, Muri Beach, Rarotonga
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga villa is just steps from Muri Night Markets and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Te Vara Nui Village are also within 5 minutes.

              Muri Beach Resort
              Muri Beach Resort

              Muri Beach Resort

              Main Rd, Muri Beach, Rarotonga
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga resort is just steps from Muri Lagoon and Muri Beach. Tikioki Beach and Koromiri are also within 10 minutes.

                Dorothy's Muri Beach Bungalows
                Dorothy's Muri Beach Bungalows

                Dorothy's Muri Beach Bungalows

                Muri Ngatangiia, Rarotonga
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Offering direct access to the beach, this Rarotonga villa is steps from Muri Night Markets and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Te Vara Nui Village are also within 5 minutes.