Things to do in Rarotonga

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Muri Beach featuring tropical scenes

Places to Visit in Rarotonga

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Top places to visit

1. Muri Beach

On southeast Rarotonga, find some of the island’s best snorkeling at the idyllic Muri Beach. Lounge on powdery sand, explore exquisite marine life, discover Polynesian culture and heritage and see the sights of Rarotonga Island.
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Stretch out comfortably on the bone-white beach while watching the sunrise over Rarotonga’s popular lagoon.

2. Aroa Beach

Enjoy the freedom and serenity of the pristine Aroa Beach. Relax under swaying coconut trees, float on the currents, read a favorite book or swing in a hammock for hours. This tropical shoreline is a world-class scuba and snorkeling destination where multi-colored marine creatures provide mesmerizing underwater photo opportunities with every turn.
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Leave the bustle of the modern world behind and lounge on stretches of powdery white sand with the transparent Pacific Ocean at your fingertips.

3. Cook Islands Library and Museum

Away from sunny shores and thick island vegetation is the peaceful refuge of the Cook Islands Library and Museum. Come here to learn about the fascinating past of this region of more than a dozen islands scattered across the Pacific Ocean. Borrow books for your beach reading too.
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Through art and literature, learn about the history and traditions of the Cook Islands in a library and museum run by friendly local residents.

4. Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)

Rarotonga’s Cook Island Christian Church is not so much a tourist attraction as a well-used local amenity. That’s not to say that visitors aren’t welcome here. Quite the opposite, in fact. Join the hospitable congregation at a Sunday service and stick around for post-service refreshments and conversation with the local community.
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Attend a service and chat with locals in this small and charming whitewashed church, which dates back to the mid 19th century.

5. Beachcomber Pearl Market

Take home a memento of your stay in the Cook Islands from the historic Beachcomber Pearl Market. Find Polynesian jewelry, giftware, ceramics, contemporary and traditional artworks and a selection of the famed Cook Islands black pearls. Browse the little stores in this landmark building, explore the adjoining art gallery and sit in the shady courtyard while enjoying coffee made from beans grown on Atiu.
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Find Polynesian arts and crafts, lustrous black pearls and some of the best coffee on the island in this historic building.

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