The Cook Islands are pretty much in the middle of the South Pacific. While they are not as well known as their more famous neighbors to the East, Tahiti, and Bora Bora, they offer all the wonders of lagoons, beautiful sand beaches, and not a building taller than a coconut tree!
Here are the top seven “Natural Wonders of Rarotonga”, the main island of the Cook Islands.
To break this down in time-saving bits, today let’s go over the top four “Natural Wonders of Rarotonga” and in the next blog, I will reveal the remaining three! Here is how the Pacific Resort Group of fine hotels puts it out!
1.) Muri Lagoon: Probably the most popular location on Rarotonga, Muri Lagoon, with its crystal clear waters offers much to locals and visitors alike. Muri Lagoon is famous for its four small motus (small islands). These picturesque islands are unique sites to explore and are also perfect picnic spots. Muri Lagoon is very safe to swim, snorkel, kayak, paddleboard, or just enjoy a tour of the lagoon on a glass-bottom boat.
2.) Fruits of Rarotonga: Located on the southeast tip of the island, the famous “Fruits of Rarotonga” Marine Reserve is well known for its vivid turquoise waters. Not only is it an amazing sight on the surface, but the view underwater is nothing short of amazing. That is because there is a large number of fish species that call the area home, including Angel Fish, Butterfly Fish, Parrot Fish to name just a few. “Fruits of Rarotonga is easily accessible, just park your scooter or car, change into swimwear, and set off on an aquatic adventure!
3.) Te Rua Manga (The Needle): This is the iconic mountainous landmark of Rarotonga that you can view via the “Cross Island Walk.” The walk itself is striking, snaking through some of the island’s most beautiful natural vegetation. The real reward, however, is near the base of the summit, where a lookout gives panoramic views of the entire island.
4.) Takitumu Conservation Reserve: The protection of the land, sea and all of its creatures is an important aspect of the Cook Islands culture. This is truly evidenced by the Takitumu Conservation Reserve. Set up primarily to support the growth in numbers of the indigenous Kakerori bird, Raotonga’s native “flycatcher”. Takitumu Conservation Reserve also contains other rare birds and plants. Lovingly, taken care of, this beautifully manicured area sits on the southeast side of the islands – inland. There are tracks to use for visitor access to walk in the tropical surroundings and listen to the bird calls.
The next blog will continue with the remaining three Natural Wonders of Rarotonga…Including one of the most remarkable places to take a picture to post online!