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Travel and vacation in Raratonga, Cook Islands
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Adrift in the South Pacific Ocean, a series of tiny spits of sand make up the Cook Islands. The most populous of these islands is Rarotonga. One of the few places in the world you would happily be a castaway, Rarotonga is the jewel in the crown of the Polynesian Islands. The remote island dream still exists here, and you couldn’t be further away from the hum-drum noise of the modern world. With a landscape you could only dream of, the island is shaped by vast jagged mountains, thick lush jungles and turquoise lagoons of almost incandescent beauty.

You immediately know you’re going to have fun when the hotel provides you complementary kayaks and snorkelling equipment when you arrive. Choose from beachfront hotels that stretch along the kilometres of golden sand, family friendly resorts with kids clubs or secluded villas miles from anything and anyone; perfect for romantic holidays. Relax in an air-conditioned room, self-contained apartment or deluxe studio right on the beach. Let the hotel do the hard work and book all your activities for you, then take in the sunset with a meal in the hotel restaurant by the ocean.

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What to see and do in Raratonga ?

The time here will pass like a blissful dream, as the lazy ocean laps at the shoreline you will spend your days exploring the islands interesting landscape, chatting with the locals and fishing the depths of a turquoise sea. The only problem here is waking up from the enchanting allure of the island and going home.

When you stay in a place like Rarotonga, the focus is all on letting go of the troubles of modern life, and embracing a simpler lifestyle. Sunbathe on beautiful, secluded beaches with no disturbances for an indulgent, relaxing day under a tropical sun. Titikaveka beach, the southwest area of Rarotonga is very popular due to depth of the lagoon and numbers of tropical fish – ideal conditions to enjoy some snorkelling.

Take to the water and test your luck in one of the many fishing excursions. Spend the day bobbing on the perfect waters as fish with the brightest colours of the rainbow flash beneath the surf. The boats are equipped with top-class gear and knowledgeable guides; you can even enjoy your catch for dinner when you reach land again.

Taste the deliciously fresh fare on offer in Rarotonga’s many restaurants. Family run establishments, Indian, European and Polynesian – whatever you fancy, you are sure to enjoy the range of food on offer. Wine lovers can also rejoice in the range of imported New Zealand wines that are available across the island. Dine in the hotel restaurant or find a gem in one of the old colonial houses with a veranda overlooking the sea for a magical evening of culinary delight. You can even keep it simple with some classic fish and chips by the sea, as the sun goes down.

For a real sense of culture, join a trek tour up Te Rua Manga, The Needle, and see the panoramic sights at the pinnacle of this rocky mountain – provided you can tackle the steep precipice. The landscape is a significant part of the Maori culture, so listen to many fascinating stories provided by the guides and learn all about the flora and fauna along the way.


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