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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.
The staff are amazing and incredibly friendly, we stayed in a room about 2 minutes from the amazing beach to swim and relax. The rooms could do with a little investment but i am just being a bit picky
We were lucky enough to be upgraded for our birthdays staying in the beach front in a VIP suite! Loved the location and the activities!! Had a wonderful relaxing holiday!!
Great accommodation, great location! Loved everything about this place
The property was very good value for money. Comfy beds, lovely outlook and nice landscape. The hostess/owner is a friendly outgoing person who makes you feel at home and is very willing to help with any needs or concerns. We would definately return on another visit. Only slight negative was the quality ...
Beautiful place Beautiful people. Castaway is the one place will always return to. 4 times have been there to Paradise. Will be back
Excellent, would definitely return. Massage at spa was good. Only downside was stair/landing light coming in through front. Needs screen or blind.