Cook Islands

Rarotonga

 

What’s included:

Tour video

International Airfares

Beach front accommodation (Holiday Parks and Youth Hostels)

All breakfasts and dinners + treats

Group transport with driver

Energy fueled tour leaders

Special Active group games and activities

The best destinations selected by our experienced team

Tour Itinerary

Tour length is between 5-10 days depending on flight cost and negotiation with schools. We do this to get the most value out of this incredible tropical experience.

The tour includes International Flights to and from Rarotonga via Auckland airport.

To accommodate students that need to arrive a day before and/or leave a day after in Auckland, Active Planet arrange your transport details for you. Stay (FREE) at our headquarters, a farmstay located south of the Airport.

Rarotonga has ancient mystical island powers which change the very fabric of time and space. We call it “Island Time.”  For this Itinerary we will tell you the things you will see and do without relevance to scheduled days.

The sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, the ocean glistens as the light kisses the sandy shores…

The largest of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga is stunning in its natural beauty and physical drama. A halo of flame-orange coral reef encircles the island with an abundance of marine life, and Rarotonga’s sapphire-blue lagoon is trimmed by sparkling white beaches. Beyond the reef, breakers foam and crash like distant thunder.

Rarotonga’s settlements are nestled on the coastal flatlands, with the island rising spectacularly through lush fields and rural farmland to the mountainous and thickly forested interior. These silent, brooding peaks dominate the landscape from every angle.

We provide snorkels, masks and fins for exploring the lagoons. Most of your time in Rarotonga is spent in the warm tropical waters.  An amazing array of beautiful tropical fish, friendly and curious just metres out from the shoreline in the lovely, calm lagoon. Lots of beautiful coral gardens, each hosting their own species of fish. Night snorkelling is very different with a complete different variety of fish it is a must to try.

Located on the waterfront next to Avarua, Rarotonga’s main township, the Punanga Nui Cultural Market is a ‘must do’ for visitors to the Cook Islands as it is quite a cultural representation of all the islands, even to the point that a few of the retail huts are run by the outer islands.

Fresh fruit, veggies and fish, island food, live and recorded island music, clothing, handicrafts, black pearls, jewellery, massage, art works, second-hand books, pastries, just about everything is available at the Market!

An exhilarating 2 mile walk for 3 hours through tree covered jungle. Starts with a 400 metre climb. In a few places it’s like climbing a ladder. Hold onto natures well placed roots.  A track that barely passes as a track gives you a feeling of exploring an uncharted island jungle.

At the base of Te Rau Manga (The Needle) breathtaking views can be seen from one side of the island to the other. A wide chasm, volcanic heart of the island looks across to the mountain Te Kou. Ancient carvings are visible. The views are like something out of Jurassic Park (without the murderous dinosaurs): absolutely stunning.

Cross the stream 5 times going down to Wigmore’s water fall. The wet season the river can be fast flowing. At the waterfall you have a chance to cool of and try some jumps off the islands only permanent waterfall.

Travel to the cultural village, where you’ll spend the next two hours touring in the company of local warriors. Learn about the native Maori culture, including tapa-making, fishing, tattooing, carving, and local medicine.

After the tour, you’ll be led to the waterside dining room, where you’ll sit down among tropical plants for a buffet of island and Western foods. During and after dinner, watch the talented Cook Islands performers as they play ukelele, drums, and conch. Watch as the dancers and performers showcase the traditional Maori movement and music.

Finish up with a dessert buffet and the chance to join the dancers on the floor and take photos.

Rarotonga is home to some of the best and most diverse diving in the Pacific – there are about 35 dive sites around the island that we dive and of these, there are some that are consistently better than the rest. Cook Islands diving is suitable for all kind of experience levels – from beginner up to highly experienced divers we can cater for all your needs.

We are very proud of the fact that the graceful humpback whale chooses the waters of Rarotonga to rest with her calf on her migration back to the colder southern waters. And, there’s lots more – over 70 species of colourful coral, moray eels, reef sharks, lionfish, turtles, maori wrasse, anemone fish, butterfly fish, angelfish, rays, pufferfish, trumpetfish and many, many more!

Board your glass bottom boat bound for a local snorkeling spot in the Marine Reserve. Slip on the snorkel, mask, and fins and dive in to immerse yourself in the Cook Island’s marine world. Keep an eye out for Charlie the huge Moray eel; you’ll also see tropical fish and giant clams. Spend some time feeding the fish, then climb back on the boat and make your way to Motu Koromiri.

Go ashore for a Raro-style fresh fish barbecue, accompanied by tropical fruit and salad. Take in a Pareu– (sarong)-tying show and demonstration on how to harvest and husk coconuts.

Enjoy thirty minutes flying over Rarotonga with Air Rarotonga sightseeing in a high-wing Cessna, with onboard commentary.

View the inland valleys and plantations, the reef and the drop-off into the deep blue, the emerald green motus (small islets) and turquoise lagoon.

Air Rarotonga offer daily scenic flights from Rarotonga Airport for a minimum of two passengers, and a maximum three, per flight.