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Located in the South Pacific Ocean, Rarotonga is the most populated of the Cook Islands and is home to their capital, Avarua. Known locally as “Raro,” the island offers palm-fringed beaches, bush walking, colorful festivals and snorkeling in warm, clear waters.
The island’s circumference measures just 20 miles (32 kilometers) and is surrounded by a lagoon. Tropical fish and coral abound in the warm, shallow waters. The calm waters of Muri Beach are perfect for beginner snorkelers.
Rarotonga was formed by a rocky volcano, which collapsed to form a round island with small jagged peaks and hidden waterfalls. Visit Wigmore's Waterfall, which teems with wildlife. You can easily explore this and other natural attractions by bike or on foot. Another great opportunity to see the island’s flora and fauna is at the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens, which features much of the local vegetation.
Visit the lively Punanga Nui growers market every Saturday before noon in Avarua village. Try the local cuisine, including seafood, and enjoy live music while buying souvenirs, locally-grown vegetables and flowers.
Chickens and coconuts are just some of the obstacles often found on the roads of Rarotonga, and with not one traffic light on the island, you may find driving an eye-opening experience. You can also get around using the island’s bus service that travels both clockwise and anti-clockwise on the road circling the island. Bus drivers will pick up and drop off on demand. A round trip of the island takes about 50 minutes.
Rarotonga International Airport is the main gateway to the Cook Islands. Boats traveling between the islands can be very infrequent – sometimes weeks apart, with generally no scheduled ferry service – so flying is recommended.
The Cook Islands were once a British protectorate, with control later passed to New Zealand. Today, the islands are self-governing in free association with New Zealand. English is one of the official languages here. Many locals also speak Cook Islands Māori, often called Rarotongan after the capital island.
Long wait for checking in, over an hour and a half past check-in time
Reading the reviews about this property, i was worried about the noise, had i read it before i booked i may not have stayed,BUT i can say its not as bad as what others have said. I would stay here again definitely. It would be nice if the rooms had outside door with loungers but thats if your picky. ...
Club Raro exceeded what i expected. Rooms were always spotless and clean. Always amazed how the cleaning staff kept the plsce so tidy outside Staff were so friendly and welcoming as well. For price paid for our room very happy with the hotel and 5 mins to town . Love it . Ill be back
Liked the location, comfortable room lovely gardens,Didn’t like that you have to pay for hot breakfast, not use to it after traveling in Asia!!! Restaurant food and menu mediocre, not many places to eat out .
Like the fact it is adults only - nice staff good locations nice setting and good rooms
Michelle and Paul are fantastic hosts for their resort. Plus they have upgraded their restaurant and added a Japanese menu. tTe staff is amazing in that they remember your name and your needs throughout your stay. It's a perfect location to watch the sunset, often augmented with a bonfire klto add ...