If you tire of relaxing on pristine beaches or hammocks and going for dips in the turquoise waters, do not fear. There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied during your stay in the Cook Islands.
Raro 4WD Inland Safari – This half day tour will take you places only 4WD vehicles can go. The tour includes several historic areas in addition to 3 high viewpoints, all while surrounded by motu’s, waterfalls, mountains, and lush greenery. You will pass old limestone churches, pawpaw plantations, Avatiu Valley, and the main township of Avarua. Take in the sights while your guides bring you up to speed on the history of the areas, traditional medicine making techniques, folklore, and local culture – then put it into practice as you enjoy an evening BBQ under a traditional Kikau hut at the beach.
Pa’s Trek – Tag along with Pa as you trek across the Rarotonga and take in the splendor of nature along with ancient knowledge and Polynesian tales that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Highland Paradise Sunset Island Night – Experience drumming, singing, dancing, weaving, carving, medicine making, storytelling and umu feasting just as they were more than 600 years ago on this lush and beautiful 25 acre area. All of the dancers, musicians, chefs, barmen and guides that contribute to the cultural nights are descendants of Ariki (High Chief) Tinomana – get immersed in Polynesian culture as you witness and partake in a tapu lifting, warrior welcome, umu feasting, singing, dancing and drumming.
Koka Lagoon Cruise – this locally family owned company will thrill you with their custom handmade glass bottom boat tour through Muri Lagoon. After being entertained onboard with ukulele playing and sing-a-longs, you’ll hop off for a snorkeling tour in a marine reserve site, and enjoy a delicious fish BBQ feast plus a cultural experience complete with palm tree climbing demo.
Aitutaki Day Tour – Don’t have time to spend a few nights on Aitutaki? That’s okay. You can still experience the splendor of Aitutaki Lagoon with this day tour. Fly from Rarotonga to Aitutaki and first take a short land tour of Aitutaki, complete with a stop at the local village market. Then you’ll climb aboard a catamaran for the lagoon cruise featuring the most beautiful lagoon on earth. You’ll have time to snorkel and swim before stopping at a motu for a barbeque lunched prepared right onboard. You’ll continue your cruise on the beautiful waters of Aitutaki Lagoon until it’s time to return to land for your flight back to Rarotonga.
Diving – Team up with Pacific Divers to explore everything the center of the water hemisphere has to offer. These dive trips offer comprehensive service for all levels, and your dives are bound to include some sights. From coral terrain, canyons, drop offs, and drifts, to hawksbill and green turtles, white tip and grey reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse, giant moray, giant clams, and more – you’ll marvel at all of the aquatic life surrounding you.
Deep Sea Fishing – Captain Tama’s Fishing Charters will set you up with a qualified crew, and you’ll be reeling in Tuna, Mahimahi, Sail Fish, Wahoo, and Marlin before you know it. The local knowledge of the crew will bring you to the best fishing spots, making sure to create a memorable experience for you.
Shopping – Take a Saturday stroll through Te Punanga Nui market and get a feel for the local flair – sample some local traditional food, stock up on produce and flowers, grab some souvenirs, and get entranced by Polynesian drumbeats and dancing. You can also head into Avarua and pick up some gifts – like a locally farmed Black Pearl.