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Rarotonga
Sipping coconut milk while bargaining for handmade jewelry and swaying your hips to live music—just another Saturday morning in Rarotonga. After a few hours of checking out the wharf-side Punanga Nui Market, hit the beaches of this reef-protected volcanic island. There are plenty of picturesque lagoons that allow peaceful swimming or snorkeling, and moonlit strolls along the East Side sands are pure magic. Raro Safari Tours are a popular way to explore the island’s vivid rainforest.

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Nearby recommended attractions:

Titikaveka Beach
Titikaveka Beach(Titikaveka)
Attraction type: Beaches
Te Vara Nui Village
Te Vara Nui Village(Muri)
Owner description: Te Vara Nui Village is the Cultural Centre of the Cook Islands offering 3 amazing products: a 2.5 hour VILLAGE TOUR offering a full authentic journey into our past, a Stunning... more Owner description: Te Vara Nui Village is the Cultural Centre of the Cook Islands offering 3 amazing products: a 2.5 hour VILLAGE TOUR offering a full authentic journey into our past, a Stunning Over-Water Night Show and first class Island/Western fusion buffet dinning experience on floating and fixed stages set in botanical gardens surrounded by rock gardens and waterfalls, and our COMBO PACKAGE offering both Village Tour and Over-Water Night Show and Buffet dinner in one night. Your ultimate cultural experience not to be missed!!!! less
Attraction type: Visitor Centers
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Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)
Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)(Avarua)
Owner description: Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this island church which dates back to 1853. The local graveyard is noted for some famous inhabitants... more Owner description: Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this island church which dates back to 1853. The local graveyard is noted for some famous inhabitants including American author Robert Dean Frisbie. less
Attraction type: Religious Sites
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Aroa Marine Reserve
Aroa Marine Reserve
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Muri Lagoon
Muri Lagoon
One of the island's most beautiful locations, this lagoon and beach is a popular destination for swimming and snorkeling.
Attraction type: Beaches

All places to eat » Places to eat

The Mooring
The Mooring
Ranked #1 of 83 Restaurants in Rarotonga
Cuisines: Seafood, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Takeout

Additional nearby recommended restaurants:

The Waffle Shack
The Waffle Shack
Ranked #1 of 23 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $3 - $5
Cuisines: Belgian, Cafe, Sandwiches, European, Delicatessen
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Tuoro Restaurant & Cafe
Tuoro Restaurant & Cafe
Ranked #2 of 23 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $6 - $24
Cuisines: Cafe, Tapas, New Zealand
Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Charlies Cafe and Beach Hire
Charlies Cafe and Beach Hire
Ranked #4 of 83 Restaurants in Rarotonga
Price: $1 - $11
Cuisines: Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Polynesian, Cafe
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Brunch, Quick Bites, Drinks, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Kikau Hut Restaurant
Kikau Hut Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 14 Restaurants in Arorangi
Cuisines: European, Vegetarian, Pacific Rim
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Aito Apartments Muri
Aito Apartments Muri
$76 - $102 (NZD 120 - 160)
Ranked #4 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Muri Retreat
Muri Retreat
$72 - $99 (NZD 113 - 156)
Ranked #7 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Muri
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Aroko Bungalows
3.0 of 5 Aroko Bungalows
$74 - $100 (NZD 116 - 157)
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Makayla Palms
4.0 of 5
Makayla Palms
$144 - $262 (NZD 226 - 412)
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Magic Reef Bungalows
3.5 of 5 Magic Reef Bungalows
$175 - $244 (EUR 156 - 218)
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Muri Shores
Muri Shores
$158 - $166 (NZD 248 - 261)
Ranked #1 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Muri
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Sea Change Villas
4.5 of 5
Sea Change Villas
$313 - $473 (NZD 492 - 743)
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Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa
5.0 of 5
Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa
$573 - $1,157 (NZD 900 - 1,818)
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Muri
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Cooks Bay Villas
4.0 of 5
Cooks Bay Villas
$251 - $315 (NZD 395 - 495)

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.