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Where to stay in Rarotonga

Arorangi
Arorangi featuring kayaking or canoeing and general coastal views

Arorangi

Known for Beaches, Snorkelling, Islands

4.5/5(221 reviews)

As the sun sets, relax on Rarotonga’s coast next to the clear waters of an azure lagoon. Enjoy exploring the wonders of the Cook Islands.

Tapere of Titikaveka
Titikaveka which includes tranquil scenes

Tapere of Titikaveka

Known for Beaches, Snorkelling, Islands

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Swim, scuba or snorkel in some of the most pristine waters in the world. Relax in a beach bungalow and awake to views of the blue-green lagoon.

Avarua
Avarua which includes mountains and a bay or harbour

Avarua

Known for Islands, Beaches, Friendly People

4/5(103 reviews)

Base yourself in the center of the Cook Islands, explore thousands of years of Polynesian culture, see coral reefs and trek through rainforest.

Top hotels in Rarotonga

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Edgewater Resort and Spa
The Edgewater Resort and Spa
3.5 out of 5
Avarua, Rarotonga
NZ$191
per night
11 Dec. - 12 Dec.

Nestled on the beach, this Arorangi resort is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Black Rock and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Aroa Beach. Puaikura Beach and Rarotonga Golf Club are also ...

3.8/5Good! (831 reviews)

"Everything you needed for a lovely holiday with attentive and friendly staff. Currently upgrading rooms so will be lovely when they have finished them all. Great for a family or large group as it is very chilled out. We stayed with our 3 month old and she was thoroughly spoiled wherever we went. ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2019

The Edgewater Resort and Spa
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
4 out of 5
Aroa Beach Marine Reserve, Arorangi, Ara Tapu Rd, Rarotonga
NZ$214
per night
11 Dec. - 12 Dec.

Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aroa Beach and Wigmore's Waterfall. Muri Night Markets and Te Vara Nui Village are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (139 reviews)

"Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Service was great, food was tasty and the cocktails were awesome. Snorkling and kayaking facilities right on the lagoon also included was a bonus."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2019

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
Club Raro Resort
Club Raro Resort
3 out of 5
Ara Tapu, Avarua, Rarotonga
NZ$160
per night
11 Dec. - 12 Dec.

Located in Avarua, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), Cook Islands Library and ...

3.5/5Good! (561 reviews)

"It wasn't overcrowded, i loved we could enjoy our holiday how we wanted. Helpers were there when requested. Only downfall for me was few days before we arrived the buffet breakfast had changed to cereals, toast & fruits, i would have loved a hot selection for breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov. 2019

Club Raro Resort

Popular activities in Rarotonga

Muri Beach
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Muri Beach

4.5/5(302 reviews)

Stretch out comfortably on the bone-white beach while watching the sunrise over Rarotonga’s popular lagoon.

Aroa Beach
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Aroa Beach

4.5/5(179 reviews)

Leave the bustle of the modern world behind and lounge on stretches of powdery white sand with the transparent Pacific Ocean at your fingertips.

Cook Islands Library and Museum
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Cook Islands Library and Museum

4/5(50 reviews)

Through art and literature, learn about the history and traditions of the Cook Islands in a library and museum run by friendly local residents.

Cook Island Christian Church
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Cook Island Christian Church

4.5/5(55 reviews)

Attend a service and chat with locals in this small and charming whitewashed church, which dates back to the mid 19th century.

Tikioki Marine Sanctuary
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Tikioki Marine Sanctuary

4.5/5(84 reviews)

Swim with multi-colored fish or spend hours on a stretch of powdery white beach at one of Rarotonga's best coastal spots. Dive around nearby shipwrecks.

Te Vara Nui Village
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Te Vara Nui Village

4.5/5(97 reviews)

Join an interactive experience to appreciate the authentic educational and entertaining story of Cook Islands’ culture.

Top activities in Rarotonga

Glass Bottom Boat, Snorkeling & BBQ Fish Lunch Experience
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Glass Bottom Boat, Snorkeling & BBQ Fish Lunch Experience

NZ$79

Become fast friends with the underwater marine inhabitants of Muri Lagoon on a cruise aboard a glass-bottom boat. Snorkel among giant clams and tropical fish before enjoying a beachside lunch accompanied by lively entertainment at Motu Koromiri.

Glass-Bottom Boat Lagoon Cruise with Barbecue Lunch
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Glass-Bottom Boat Lagoon Cruise with Barbecue Lunch

NZ$79

Spend a day in the sun at Muri Lagoon, cruising across crystal-clear waters in a glass-bottom boat, jumping in to snorkel among colorful tropical marine life, and lounging on deck with the friendly crew. Motor out to a tiny island for a barbecue lunch and be entertained on this half-day adventure.

Spectacular Over-Water Night Show & Dinner
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Spectacular Over-Water Night Show & Dinner

NZ$109

Embark on a visual journey into the power and passion of the Legend of Tongaiti. This over-water show sets the stage—rather, floats the stage—which is surrounded by waterfalls, lush jungle gardens, and an ambient tiki-torch glow as you learn about the culture and people of the Cook Islands.

Rarotonga Lagoon Dive Experience
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Rarotonga Lagoon Dive Experience

NZ$100

Dive into the Aroa Marine Reserve—a protected marine sanctuary housing unspoiled reefs and abundant sealife—with a trained professional by your side. No prior dive experience necessary—this underwater adventure ensures a peaceful submersion into a colorful, coral-lined ecosystem.

Snorkelling Lagoon Cruise Experience
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Snorkelling Lagoon Cruise Experience

NZ$40

Cruise on our glass bottom boats to the marine reserve for some awesome snorkeling with giant clams and schools of colorful fish, feed the fish before heading back to Muri Beach.

Lagoon Explorer
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Lagoon Explorer

NZ$71

The ‘Lagoon Explorer’ is a 120 minute excursion beginning at the beach in front of KiteSUP, and heading out into the lagoon and clockwise around the island. Please check in at our KiteSUP Office the day before the tour to confirm start time (usually 12pm), as it may change depending on weather and ocean conditions.

Reviews of Rarotonga

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
297
5 - Excellent 68.27586206896552%
4 - Good
119
4 - Good 27.35632183908046%
3 - Okay
18
3 - Okay 4.137931034482759%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.22988505747126436%

5/5 - Excellent

Jannis&Isa

8 Dec. 2019

Perfect stay.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Nov. 2019

If you visit Raro then definately book on a the Glass bottom boat trip with the Captain Tamas crew, it will be a fantastic day from start to finish!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Nov. 2019

Love Raro and always enjoy it. Hire a car or scooter sobyou aren’t stuck in one place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Nov. 2019

Blue water - white sand - minimal people - perfect

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Nov. 2019

We love it you always feel safe

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Nov. 2019

We loved it. Very laid back. Enjoyed the road safety aspect where everyone sat on 45 kms