The South Coast, Rarotonga Accommodation
It is worth driving the south coast just for the scenery. Well away from the bustle of Avarua and the tourists at Muri Lagoon you can feel yourself relax even more as you enter Rarotonga's serene southern coast between Aroa Beach and Titikaveka. Beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters greet you. The lagoon widens as the reef is further out providing great conditions for swimming and snorkeling.
Another scenic spot not to be missed is Wigmores waterfall. You will find the turn off for Papua (Wigmores) waterfall just beyond the uncompleted Sheraton (soon to be Hilton) hotel. Follow the dirt track through the lush tropical rain forest for about one mile and you will reach this beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. Best viewing is during November to June as the waterfall can dry out during the dryer months of July to October. Watch the locals enjoy swimming under the waterfall and jumping into the crisp clear water, or better still join in on the fun. Be sure to take insect repellent as the mosquitos also like this spot. From the waterfall the track continues across the centre of the island, past the Te Rua Manga needle to Avarua. The best way to see it is to take Pa's Cross Island Trek.