All Around Rarotonga

The south end of Rarotonga's Muri Beach

In the Cook Islands, it takes less than an hour to drive Rarotonga‘s 20-mile ring road…but welcome distractions like green jungle backroads, sugar-sand beaches and surfside stops for refueling will take a few more hours.

You’ll be glad you put aside the time.

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Rarotonga: Pa’s Cross-Island Trek

Pa, at 69 years young

Climbing a couple thousand feet straight up through a South Pacific island jungle in the company of a sweet and dotty native healer, then picking your steep and muddy way back down using only vines and roots to hold you steady might not sound like your idea of a good time…

…but we swear, it’s a truly phenomenal experience.

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Rumours of Rarotonga

On a laid-back Cook Islands vacation, you probably think that a marble-tiled villa with its own waterfall pool and an indoor stream is a bit of overkill.  Add a flat-screen TV and two beds to choose from…and you’d be absolutely right.

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The Small Blue Yonder: An Aitutaki Lagoon Cruise

In Aitutaki, no matter what you’re doing, eventually you’ll catch a glimpse of pure turquoise water, cotton-white clouds and periwinkle sky.

And maybe, like us, you’ll ask a nice man to take you out across the lagoon…just the two of you.

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Aitutaki Discovery Safari Tours: Story of an Island, Part 2

Continued from
Aitutaki Discovery Safari Tours: Story of an Island, Part 1

Paengiriki marae, Aitutaki

Paengiriki marae, Aitutaki

While Ngaa’s (NAH-ah’s) Aitutaki Discovery Safari Tours show off some spectacular jungle and hilltop views and a gorgeous bounty of local fruit, we felt his stop at the interior’s Paengariki marae was the true highlight.

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