There’s an abundance of activities from hiking in the lush mountain rainforest, discovering the island by bike, authentic cultural experiences, strolling through the local markets and if you’re lucky watching a pod of whales pass by. And because Rarotonga is surrounded by a crystal blue lagoon it’s the perfect playground for endless action above and below the water. Swim, snorkel or dive and spot the dazzling array of tropical fish, or explore the pristine shoreline by kayak, windsurf or paddle board.
The Cook Islands offers a stunning environment where you can exhaust yourself with activities or simply kick back and completely unwind.
Our top recommendation on things to do:
TE VARA NUI VILLAGE - Spectacular Overwater Night Show with Island Western Fusion Buffet Dinner. – Award winning Spectacular
Overwater Night Show with Island Western Fusion Buffet Dinner … an ideal way to
sample local and locally inspired dishes along with some known favourites, and
then immerse yourself in the culture and passion of Cook Islands dancing! www.tevaranui.co.ck
KOKA LAGOON CRUISES - Enjoy a fantastic day exploring famous Muri Lagoon…let their multi talented crew treat you to an experience you wont forget - snorkelling amongst lagoon life or viewing through the glass bottom; non-stop entertainment with ukulele playing, pareu tying, weaving enjoy a delicious fish bbq feast, amazing coconut tree climbing show, coconut husking and more. www.kokalagooncruises.com
NIGHT PADDLE TOUR - Be mesmerised and enjoy an evening on the ocean on this small group tour. Watch the sun set over Rarotonga,let the lagoon light up beneath you thanks to the LED lights on the boards, andwatch the sun float above the water as the stars emerge. Get to know the Cook Islands’ unique marine life from the comfort of your paddle board or kayak. On your return to land, contrast life on the water with your guides’ authentic Cook Islands fire dance
TURTLE AND RAY SNORKEL TOUR – Cook Islands ultimate 5 star turtle tour. With elite tour guides and world class professional underwater photos with internationally respected photographers. If conditions permit, you will also get an opportunity to see eagle rays. The ultimate wildlife experience of a lifetime. Explore the hidden underwater gems of the Cook Islands with the locals...small exclusive groups with certified lifeguards https://charlottepiho.com/tours/
LAGOON EXPLORER - a fantastic combination of paddling and snorkelling within the lagoon around the beautiful tropical waters of our Marine Reserve. Your guide will share local knowledge about the islands, the best snorkelling techniques, and insider tips about safely interacting with the marine life. You can choose a stand-up paddle board (SUP), single kayak, or double kayak for your adventure. Upon returning from your exploration, a picnic style lunch awaits while you bask in the memory of a beautiful lagoon experience! https://www.kitesup.co/
RARO ISLAND DISCOVERY TOUR - with 5 different tour options, enjoy a brief overview of Rarotonga's history and culture. The tours give you a sense of the island and landmarks that will be a great help for when you are exploring on your own. See beyond the tourist attractions and learn more about the natural, cultural heritage which makes us unique. Local guides are very happy to share their knowledge and tips. www.rarotours.co,ck
RARO QUAD / BUGGY TOURS - Wanting a bit of fun? Go
off road, get dirty and revel in an adventure you'll never forget. Tour guides will lead you off the main track, to explore some local spots and sights. Light lunch generally included www.rarobuggytours.com
Muri Night (food) Market – Mingle with locals and tourist at the vibrant outdoor market. Open 4 nights per week, experience local dishes… either dine at the market or have a takeaway. Cash only and Hire a plate to be eco friendly for a gold coin
Punanga Nui Markets - every Saturday morning – 7am until midday…. A Buzzing open-air market with handicrafts, snack counters, tropical fruit vendors & live folk music. Cash preferred
PADDLE BOARD YOGA - You've heard of Stand Up Paddle Boards, you've heard of Yoga but have you experienced SUPYOGA?
If you’re looking for a new challenge, yoga on a stand up paddle board will reinvigorate you and push you to become an even better yogi than you thought possible — all while enjoying the natural splendour of floating on water.
Even if you've never tried yoga or paddle boarding before, the classes are flexible, so you can find enjoyment without previous experience. https://www.kitesup.co/
AITUTAKI DAY TOUR.. is the easiest way to experience the magic, tranquillity and beauty of Aitutaki’s breathtaking lagoon. The all inclusive package includes transfers on Rarotonga and Aitutaki, return Flights from/to Rarotonga & Aitutaki as well as a six hour lagoon cruise on Aitutaki’s magnificent lagoon. https://aitutakidaytour.com/
STORYTELLERS BICYCLE TOURS - their leaders and guides take you on an unforgettable bike riding experience in Rarotonga. The Storytellers experience offers a variety of tours to suit most levels of riding fitness and experience. The eco-tour packages generally include transfers and a light lunch.
PA'S CROSS ISLAND GUIDED WALKS
nature walk in the South Pacific. With his blonde dreadlocks and knowledge of local flora and fauna, Pa leads several interesting cross island walks through rugged terrains. Return transfers and a light lunch are included. https://www.pastreks.com/
EXPLORE RAROTONGA BY ELECTRIC TUK TUK - there’s no better way to explore Rarotonga than on one of their colourful and environmentally friendly electric Tuk Tuks or e-bikes. They offer a wide range of services that includes private tours, circle-island tours, e-bike hire, wedding limousines, transfers, and of course our famous sunset cocktail happy hour hop. https://www.tik-etours.com/
MARLIN QUEEN FISHING CHARTER - Dreamed of catching a huge fish? Turn your dreams into reality with fishing aboard Marlin Queen! Huge Marlin, Sail Fish, Wahoo, Mahi mahi and Yellow Fin Tuna are among the catch of the day! At Marlin Queen Fishing Charters there are three boats available. Everything is supplied for you once on board either boat - food and beverages, fishing tackle,entertainment and a fabulous crew. https://www.marlinqueenrarotonga.com/