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Traveling to Rarotonga

Once you�ve made the decision to travel to the Cook Islands, go to to find the best deals on flights to Rarotonga. You will also find outstanding hotel and rental car rates at Orbitz. Rarotonga is the most popular tourist destination in the Cook Islands, with a majestic volcano that rises up to create an amazing horizon.

Arriving in Rarotonga

Travelers arriving in Rarotonga land at Rarotonga International Airport, the main international gateway for the Cook Islands. The airport is located two miles west of Avarua and is easily accessible by driving east on Ara Tapu. This airport serves major international airlines as well as the local, privately owned Air Rarotonga. Air Rarotonga provides regular service every day of the week from Rarotonga to all the major southern Cook Islands and a few of the northern islands. The ride from Avarua center to the airport takes about six minutes. Most hotels and hostels provide free shuttle transportation between the airport and the hotel. Another option is to take a Raro Tours bus, taxi, or rental car to your hotel. Taxi rates are negotiable, and service can be erratic, so it�s important to ask what the fare is before getting in and clarify if the rate is per person or for the whole car. If you plan to rent a car, a Cook Islands driver�s license is required and can be obtained in a matter of minutes at the police headquarters in the center of Avarua. Two bus routes serve Rarotonga: Clockwise and Counter-Clockwise. To really enjoy the island, rent a bicycle for the duration of your stay. There are several bike rental locations in Rarotonga, including BT Bike Hire, Island Car and Bike Hire, Rarotonga Rentals, and Budget.

Things to Do in Rarotonga

Rarotonga is the second-southernmost island in the Cook Islands group. The island�s central mountainous area is surrounded by a thin band of agricultural flats and terraces, which are encircled by a ring of swamps that are used for growing taro. Being close to the equator, Rarotonga experiences warm temperatures year round, with averages ranging from 64�F to 82�F. The wet season is between January and early May and is seldom severe. This beautiful island boasts palm-studded white-sand beaches and lush tropical forests. Popular island attractions include Dive Rarotonga, Muri Lagoon, Te Vara Nui Village, The Needle, Drums of Our Forefathers, Cocoputt, Aroa Marine Reserve, and the Takitumu Conservation Area. You�ll also have access to all the swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, and fishing you can handle.

Planning Your Trip to Rarotonga

Rarotonga is a tropical vacation destination that�s perfect for couples and families. With so many things to do, you�ll never have a dull moment. Take one of the many available guided tours, or hop on a bike and experience the island at your own pace. can help you plan a memorable trip by helping you find the best deals on flights to Rarotonga. You can also book your accommodations, sightseeing tours, and more at discounted prices on Orbitz.

Rarotonga When to Go

Thanks to its locale in the South Pacific, Rarotonga is warm year-round. The coolest time of year is June to August; high season falls around this time, from July through September. Although this is technically winter here, temperatures average 77 degrees.

November to March marks the warmer season, when tropical showers are frequent and cyclones make an occasional appearance. The height of summer, December through January, is also when the islands get the most humidity and temperatures hover in the low 80s.

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