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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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USD77.73
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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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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
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USD50.99
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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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USD59.31
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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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USD88.96
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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
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