Rarotonga Beaches

RarotongaRarotonga in the Cook Islands is one of the South Pacific’s premier vacation islands. Many visitors arrive on package tours from Australia and New Zealand but Rarotonga also has many smaller guest houses, motels, and rental houses catering to individual travelers and families. Backpackers will find a selection of hostels to meet their needs. Places to eat are numerous, and an island bus circles Rarotonga making getting around a breeze. Bicycle rentals are also popular but to drive a scooter or car you must purchase a local drivers license beforehand.

Few beaches are found along Rarotonga’s north coast where the business and administrative center, Avarua, is found. The west coast is better and offers spectacular sunsets. But the island’s finest beaches and snorkeling venues are along the southeast side of Rarotonga, especially sandy Muri Beach which is sheltered from the open ocean by uninhabited Koromiri Island. The tradewinds blow the mosquitoes away and this area is great for kayaking and wind surfing. Although the swimming here is hard to beat you’ll find much better snorkeling a little west at Titikaveka where the coral reefs and fish are protected in a marine sanctuary.

Quite a number of resorts line Muri Beach but they’re all lowrise affairs nestled among the coconut groves. The tourist density here isn’t anywhere as high as you’ll encounter at Surfers Paradise or Waikiki. However, sufficient visitors are present to support the sort of facilities you’ll be seeking, including restaurants, scooter and car rental outlets, internet cafes, and scuba operators. You won’t need to go into town for lunch. Adventurous travelers will find many activities available on Rarotonga, including an invigorating Cross Island Walk you can do on your own for free. It’s a slice of paradise.