Arorangi, Rarotonga Accommodation
Arorangi on Rarotonga's western coast offers the best vantage point for experiencing Rarotonga's beautiful island sunsets. Beautiful white sandy beaches stretch from Aroa Beach on the south western border all the way to Black Rock on the northern coast. Black Rock is an excellent spot for swimming and snorkelling, and is believed to be the point where the ancient Maori spirits departed for the afterlife. There is a marine reserve on the coast north of Black rock where you may be lucky enough to sight humpback whales when they visit the island between June and October.
The Arorangi coast is generally good for swimming and snorkelling at high tide and is protected from the prevailing wind. However at low tide the lagoon drains substantially and is better suited to reef walking. The area has a good number of independent restaurants, within walking distance of most resorts. The large village of Arorangi is the heart of the west coast. Visitors are welcome to join locals in the beautiful Arorangi church for Sunday service.
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