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How to Spend 1 Day in Rarotonga

How to Spend 1 Day in Rarotonga

With white-sand beaches and clear turquoise lagoons fringed with bowing coconut palms, it’d be tempting to just laze on the beach all day in Rarotonga. But there’s much more to do on the little island. Explore the backroads, try new adventure activities, and enjoy an evening of entertainment. Here’s how to spend a perfect day in Raro.

Morning: Take a cycling tour

Make the most of the cooler morning air and embark on a guided cycling tour of the island. Biking is a great way to get to know the rhythms of local life, as you make your way along the coast and through villages, forests, and farmland. Tours suit various fitness levels. If cycling isn’t your thing, opt for a guided walking tour and learn about Rarotongan culture as you take in the views.

Afternoon: Cool off in the sea

Time for a quick post-lunch dip in the ocean after your active morning. If you still have energy to expend, rent a stand-up paddleboard and explore the lagoon from the surface—lessons are available. If you’re seeking a more relaxed afternoon, go on a glass-bottom boat tour. One of the best ways to see the colorful coral and sea life offshore, it’s like snorkeling without getting wet.

Night: Experience an Island Night

You can’t visit the Cook Islands without experiencing an Island Night show, a cultural performance with singing, dancing, authentic local costumes, and sometimes even fire. Put on by troupes from around Rarotonga, the shows are a cultural fiesta that all kinds of travelers enjoy. An Island Night usually includes a meal and drinks, although you can find different packages to suit your needs. 

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Spectacular Over Water Night Show with Buffet Dinner at Muri Beach

Spectacular Over Water Night Show with Buffet Dinner at Muri Beach

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Buy your tickets ahead of time for this 2.5-hour cultural show, set over water on floating stages. Watch fire dancers and other top entertainers from Rarotonga and enjoy a buffet dinner. Round-trip transportation from Rarotonga accommodations are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.45
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Rarotonga Glass Bottom Lagoon Cruise

Rarotonga Glass Bottom Lagoon Cruise

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Get a window into Muri Lagoon's underwater world during this 3.5-hour cruise on a glass-bottom boat. Listen to your crew play the ukelele as you watch the fish swim among the vibrant coral, with the option to dive in for some snorkeling. Go ashore on Koromiri Islet for a barbecue meal. A portion of your ticket cost supports a marine conservation fund. Round-trip transportation from accommodations in the Ngatangiia District is included for an additional fee.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.10
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3-Hour Rarotonga Island Discovery Tour

3-Hour Rarotonga Island Discovery Tour

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Enjoy a brief overview of Rarotonga’s history and culture; this tour covers several of the highlights in just a few hours. This tour gives you a sense of the island and its landmarks that will serve you well if you want to explore on your own. See beyond the gloss of the tourist area and learn more about the natural, cultural, and political heritage which makes this place unique. Visit limestone churches, lagoons, and The Garden of Seven Canoes.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Cook Islands Cultural Village Tour with Night Show and Buffet Dinner in Rarotonga

Cook Islands Cultural Village Tour with Night Show and Buffet Dinner in Rarotonga

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Combine a cultural village tour, a buffet dinner, and an exciting overwater night show during this 5-hour experience in Rarotonga. Get to know the culture of the Cook Islands, including their culinary traditions, song, and dance. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Fire on Water Night Paddling Tour in Rarotonga

Fire on Water Night Paddling Tour in Rarotonga

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Enjoy an evening on the ocean on this small group tour. Watch the sun set over Rarotonga, then float above the water as the stars emerge. Get to know the Cook Islands’ unique marine life from the comfort of your paddle board or kayak. On your return to land, contrast life on the water with your guides’ authentic Cook Islands fire dance.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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4-Hour Rarotonga Going Troppo Nightlife Tour

4-Hour Rarotonga Going Troppo Nightlife Tour

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Heading out for a big night in an unfamiliar town can be a daunting prospect; it’s easy to get lost, get separated from your friends or wind up in the worst value venue in town. Get your bearings in Avarua with this nightlife tour; hop aboard a custom party bus to check out Rarotonga’s hottest clubs and night spots.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Custom Tour: Half-Day Rarotonga Island by Electric Tuk Tuk

Private Custom Tour: Half-Day Rarotonga Island by Electric Tuk Tuk

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Skirt the backroads of Rarotonga island on this private sightseeing tour by electric tuk tuk. Wind through rural villages and plantations en route to the top Rarotonga sights that you most want to see, including vista points, Muri Beach, and the Avana Passage, all while learning about Cook Islands culture from your guide. A private tour allows you to fully customize your sightseeing experience to suit your interests on the island.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Progressive Dinner Tour with the Locals in Rarotonga

Progressive Dinner Tour with the Locals in Rarotonga

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All-inclusive packages at resorts are convenient, but often make it difficult to experience authentic local life. Find the Rarotonga that exists beyond your resort on this dinner tour. Enjoy a 3-course meal, with each dish served in a different location. A local band joins the tour to create a relaxing ambiance. Enjoy local delicacies and visit a variety of locations across the island.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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'Discover' Rarotonga Cycling Tour with Lunch

'Discover' Rarotonga Cycling Tour with Lunch

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Pedal around Rarotonga on a relaxed 4-hour bicycle tour. Follow your local guide through the island's villages, down picturesque lanes and past breathtaking mountainous scenery. Listen to your guide's informative commentary about the culture, history, folklore and traditions of the native islanders. After a leisurely 3 hours of biking, covering approximately 5 to 7.5 miles (8 to 12 km), stop for a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. Wash off the road dust with a swim at a secluded beach. Lunch, round-trip hotel transportation and use of all cycling equipment is included.
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  • 4 hours
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$55.28
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Cook Islands Cultural Village Tour at Muri Beach

Cook Islands Cultural Village Tour at Muri Beach

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Get a window into Polynesian culture during this 2-hour cultural village tour in Muri Beach. Follow the chiefs through the village, learning about the legends, costumes, fishing techniques, local medicines, and navigation of the Cook Island people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.52
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Lagoon Explorer

Lagoon Explorer

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A fantastic combination of paddling and snorkelling within the lagoon around the beautiful tropical waters of our Marine Reserve.  Your guide will share local knowledge about the islands, the best snorkelling techniques, and insider tips about safely interacting with the marine life. You can choose a stand-up paddle board (SUP), single kayak, or double kayak for your adventure. Upon returning from your exploration, a picnic style lunch awaits while you bask in the memory of a beautiful lagoon experience!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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