Rarotonga, Rarotonga Accommodation
If you are coming to the Cook Islands by aeroplane you will land at Rarotonga international airport just 4km from Avarua township. It is at this point that you should discard your watch and relax for you are now on island time.
Rarotonga is both the biggest island and the capital of the Cook Islands. It has a circumference of 32 km and its mountain peaks and lush rain forest forms an idyllic backdrop to the white sand beaches and crystal clear lagoons. Rarotonga is almost completely surrounded by reef which creates a beautiful sheltered lagoon ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
Avarua is the main town on the island and the commercial centre of the Cook Islands. Here you will find a good selection of shops, banks, cafes and visitor facilities. Avatiu Harbour, a short walk west of central Avarua is Rarotonga's main gateway to the Pacific Ocean. It is a busy place with private yachts calling in from all parts of the globe, fishing boats diving charters, inter-island freighting and cruise liners frequenting the port.
It's hard to get lost on Rarotonga as there are only two main roads, the older inland road, Te Ara oToi or the newer sealed road, Ara Tapu. The best way to get around is by hiring a motor scooter or catching the "Island Bus" which will pick you up and drop you off anywhere along the main road.
When you are wanting to gaput a bit more action into your days there are plenty of activities on offer. Water activities, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, lagoon cruises and more are based around Rarotonga's gorgeous lagoon. Beyond the reef and you will find yourself in some of the best Pacific waters for fishing and diving. Or head to the mountains for treks and historic walks and tropical rdens. When the sun goes down treat yourself to a night of dancing and feasting at a Polynesian Island night.