There is something so exciting in anticipating your next trip. Here in the southern hemisphere it’s winter and while I live in fairly mild climate I still ache for summer days. Our next trip is to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands and I cannot wait to feel the warmth of the tropical sun along with the refreshing aquamarine Pacific Ocean.
Lonely Planet says that Rarotonga is stunning in its natural beauty and physical drama. A halo of flame-orange coral reef encircles the island, 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.
Rarotonga has plenty of history, too, with ancient marae (traditional meeting places) and monuments to explore, and some of the best-preserved coral churches in the South Pacific. Though Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands, it’s still compact and accessible, and is circumnavigated by a 32km coastal road known as the Ara Tapu (Sacred Rd). Inland is a second road, the Ara Metua (Ancient Rd), built in the 11th century. The Ara Metua passes through farmland, taro plantations, and rambling homesteads in the foothills of Rarotonga’s mountainous centre.
With ATV tours, glass bottom boat tours, kayaking, scuba diving, markets and so much more there is plenty to keep you entertained if you aren’t able to just relax on the beach all day. While I still have 54 days (but who’s counting) I am looking forward to some fun, rest and relaxation.
Check out our two pairs of sunglasses named after beaches on Rarotonga.