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Rarotonga Vacation Packages

Experience the glittering blue lagoons, white-sand beaches and laid-back lifestyle of the capital of the Cook Islands.

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.


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The Edgewater Resort and Spa ¥12,119
Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019
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The Edgewater Resort and Spa

The Edgewater Resort and Spa

Avarua, Rarotonga
     
    3.8 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Unfreindly welcoming local cook island staff the fijian staff were lovely

    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium ¥15,377
    Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019
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    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

    Aroa Beach Marine Reserve, Arorangi, Ara Tapu Rd, Rarotonga
       
      3.6 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Long wait for checking in, over an hour and a half past check-in time

      The Islander Hotel ¥12,398
      Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019
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      The Islander Hotel

      The Islander Hotel

      Main Road, Panama, Rarotonga
         
        3.5 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 Resort ¥13,159
        Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019
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        Club Raro Resort

        Club Raro Resort

        Ara Tapu, Avarua, Rarotonga
           
          3.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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

          Pacific Resort Rarotonga ¥27,518
          Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019
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          Pacific Resort Rarotonga

          Pacific Resort Rarotonga

          Muri Beach, Rarotonga
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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 .

            Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only ¥20,843
            Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019
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            Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only

            Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only

            Aroa Beach & Marine Reserve, Rarotonga
               
              3.8 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Like the fact it is adults only - nice staff good locations nice setting and good rooms

              Muri Beach Club ¥23,887
              Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019
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              Muri Beach Club

              Muri Beach Club

              Muri Beach Point, Rarotonga
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                acess to beach was good. would like acess to small sailboat for one person.

                Castaway Resort
                Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019
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                Castaway Resort

                Castaway Resort

                Arorangi, Main Road, Arorangi, Rarotonga
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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 ...

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