Touristic Rarotonga

Rarotonga is the main island of the Cook Islands. More than 10.000 people live on 67 km²–most of them in the capital Avarua and around the island on the narrow, coastal plane, the mountainous interior remains untouched.

Today we took a bus (there’s a very convenient regular clockwise and anti-clockwise service), went around the island and stopped in a few places. The high, volcanic island reminds us landscapewise of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, but unfortunately the fringing reef is still close to shore, leaving no space for a navigable lagoon. The only exception is a small pass on the east side that leads into a mini-lagoon with 4 motus. Everybody comes to this ‘lagoon’ for kayaking, snorkeling, etc.
The island seems very touristy compared to the places we’re used to, resorts and guest houses take up most of the shore line. At least there are no big hotels, just low bungalows along the white, fine beach that fringes most of the coast.


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    1. Christian says:

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