With its spectacular natural beauty, mild climate, Long palm fringed beaches, coral filled seas, mountainous interior regions, dense jungles, cloud forests, and abundant rare indigenous species of plants, it’s easy to see why Rarotonga is referred to as the “Jewel of the Pacific”.
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The name of the island means “down south” and it’s the largest and one of the most beautiful of the Cook Islands. Home to some of the most turquoise lagoons in the South Pacific, lush vegetation and colourful flowers, it is truly a paradise on earth.
This island paradise an idyllic haven for travellers and a perfect destination for beach holidays. Along the coastline, the lagoon is an ideal place for snorkelling & diving with an abundance of coral reefs, great visibility all year round to get close to spectacular aquatic life. The climate is mild all year round, and we recommend planning a trip during the week-long of Te Maeva Nui Festival, taking place annually at the end of July. A great colourful experience to admire the vibrant expression of traditional Polynesian culture & values steeped in oral history.
No photo can capture the true beauty and charm of the Cook Islands, and with lots of beautiful sites around the lagoons to explore, our pick goes to North of ‘Raro’, a sublime lagoon of Aitutaki, ringed with tiny deserted islands and is one of the Pacific’s most scenic jewels. Not to miss also to swim in the underground cave pools of Mitiaro and Ma’uke. The remote Northern Group is a South Seas idyll experienced by a lucky few. You may visit Rarotonga for a short time, but its natural beauty will stay with you forever.