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Rarotonga is the resort. Take a tour of the Cooks’ main island and you’ll never be short of special places and spectacular scenery. Start at Rarotonga’s main town, Avarua. A bustling, friendly, centre of activity, you’ll find restaurants, cafés, shops and business facilities here, along with the airport just five minutes drive away. The Punanga Nui Markets, held every Saturday morning are a must do, offering everything from flower garlands, fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, to black pearls, rito hats and colourful pareus (sarongs).

One of the most stunning lagoons on Rarotonga is at Muri Beach. It’s the spot for watersports including sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and swimming. You can also try your hand at windsurfing and kite surfing, thanks to the tradewinds from May to November, or do a bit of whale spotting June to October. Four coral islets are a pretty addition to the lagoon – Koromiri Islet is the pick for weddings. A few bars, restaurants and shops on the beach provide all you need for a relaxing break.

Great snorkelling and swimming spots are never far away on Rarotonga. The south coast from Titikaveka to Vaimaanga and Aroa Beach have lovely wide, long beaches and the deepest lagoon on the island, making it one of the best for snorkelling and all-tide swimming. In Titikaveka town you’ll also find the Cook Islands Christian Church. The locals singing at Sunday service is an island experience not to be missed.

Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve, a breeding ground for tropical reef fish, provides another location for fantastic swimming and snorkelling. In fact you’ll be spoilt for choice for fabulous spots along the whole west coast, a long stretch of sandy beach ending at Black Rock. Expect spectacular sunsets from this side of the island.

Rarotonga’s mountainous interior, rising to 653 metres, provides a stunning contrast to the coast’s aquatic wonderland. There are plenty of opportunities for action and adventure here, from guided walks to 4WD and quad bike tours.

Rarotonga: Activities

Hire a scooter - the favoured way of getting around the island. Or, if you prefer pedal power, hire a mountain bike and head off the beaten track.

The sheltered lagoon around Rarotonga offers ideal conditions for kayaking, with some amazing snorkel spots too - it's easy to head off and find your own piece of paradise.

Learn how to scuba dive, with a number of diving companies to choose from, and sites to cater from beginner to advanced divers.

Head on a guided 4WD or buggy adventure up into the lush rainforest.

Experience beautiful Muri Lagoon by glass bottom boat, see the giant clam and stonefish enclosures, and snorkel amongst coral gardens and tropical fish.

Be your own guide, and explore the history of the island at your own pace.

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