Muri Lagoon Cruise, © Can Stock Photo / lucidwaters
Visit Rarotonga – See the Sights
Snorkeling – the premier snorkeling spot when you visit Rarotonga is the Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve. The reserve begins right at the Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa. Black Rock on the west coast is also great for snorkeling. Tikioki (Fruits of Rarotonga) on the southwest coast is also a great location. The Cook Islands are famous for their varieties of butterfly fish, but there are lots of other tropical fish too. You can also see beautifully colored giant clams and turtles. Humpback whales are present from July to October.
© Can Stock Photo / shalamov
Birds Watching – Rarotonga flycatcher, fruit doves, tropicbirds, petrels, terns, noddies, frigates, kopekas, and red-footed boobies.
Scuba diving is excellent. See golden trevallys, chevron barracudas, reef sharks, manta rays and grey reef sharks. Adventure Cook Islands has a dive shop, snorkel gear, kayaks and scooter rentals. They are located near the Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa.
Te Vara Nui Village in Muri has a cultural tour and an evening dinner show. Head into hills of Arorangi for the Highland Paradise – Cook Islands Cultural Center.
Buy a black cultured pearl. The Cook Islands produce hundreds of thousands each year.
© Can Stock Photo / mvaligursky
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