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Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Visiting the world's most stunning tropical island

Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands, a nation of 15 islands in the central South Pacific. Volcanic peaks, ridges and rainforest dominate its interior. A 32 kilometer, round-the-island road links the beaches, coastal lagoon and reefs that make for some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world. The Cross-Island Track is a rugged hiking trail that passes 650 meter Te Rua Manga peak, or The Needle.

Rarotonga Facts…

  • Population: approx. 13,000
  • Capital: Avarua (simply called “town” by the locals)
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar
  • English is the most widely spoken language here, but many islanders also speak Cook Islands Maori
  • Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia operate regular flights to the island from New Zealand, the Los Angeles, USA and Australia
  • Scooters are a very common form of transport
  • The Cook Islands are the world’s second largest producer of black pearls
  • No McDonald’s, KFC, or Starbucks

Watch this fun video about our island paradise…