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The center of Rarotonga is a mass of peaks and ridges, closely thatched with dense jungle. Around the outer edge of the island, between verdant bush and pristine white beaches, you'll find a scattering of hotels and resorts; restaurants, bars, and cafes; paw paw patches and fields of taro, mango, and bananas. Explore the unspoiled scenery of the interior, or relax wholeheartedly into the laid-back Islander way of life. There are two bus routes--clockwise and counterclockwise around the island--and the buses stop on demand, allowing you to get around with ease (if at a sedate place). Encircled by a sheltering coral reef, the crystal clear waters surrounding the island are calm and perfect for fishing, swimming, diving, paddling, snorkeling, or simply splashing about. Rarotonga also serves as the gateway to the rest of the Cook Islands, with tiny traditional communities, ancient caves, uninhabited islets, and sandy atolls to discover. Rarotonga is in Southern Cook Islands. Customize your holiday with our Cook Islands trip itinerary planning site to create an adventure that suits you.
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Progressive Dinner Tour with the Locals in Rarotonga BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $65
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Half-Day Muri Lagoon BBQ Lunch Cruise including Snorkeling BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $53
Duration: 4 hours
Spectacular Over Water Night Show with Buffet Dinner at Muri Beach BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $71
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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