R&R in Raro

A holiday on Rarotonga can be anything you want it to be. Some people come for celebrations, joyous flings featuring weddings and boozy brunches and cocktails under the stars. Others come for adventure, to scale peaks and spear fish and surf a treacherous reef break. Still others come for respite, for the stillness of the mountains and refreshment of the tropical rain.

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The Big Blue Lagoon

My cousin is spellbound, his eyes fixed on the turquoise lagoon spreading from beneath our little boat, his mouth open in awe.

“This is unreal,” he says, with intentional stress on the final syllable. He saw this lagoon once, when he was a child, but hazy memories left him ill prepared for its electrifying beauty.

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Discover our Underwater Playground

Dive destination or destination with diving? That’s the choice for many of us when we are flicking through travel brochures looking for a holiday to suit us and our non-diving partners. Although not as such a dive destination, Rarotonga still has a lot to offer both the novice and more experienced diver.

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Te Maeva Nui Festival

The Cook Islands is a country divided by ocean, a 1.8 million square kilometers mass of water separating each of the 15 islands. But each year in a special event, that vast distance ceases to exist, when the far flung islands come together for a festival to celebrate nationhood.

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Taking time for turtles

There’s something… really big in the water,” came an excited call from one of our team members. Running to the back of the boat, I saw her, our symbol of safe passage. Contrasting with the deep blue of the surrounding sea, the whale’s belly appeared to radiate ultraviolet light as she rolled playfully, just off the stern of our overloaded charter vessel.

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Retreat, Relax, Revitalise

It’s 11am on a Tuesday and I am supine, sun-kissed and smiling. With the exception of my fingertips lightly tapping the surface of the water, I lay motionless, focused only on the sound of the waves breaking outside the reef. The gentle current from the incoming tide is a quiet reminder that the lagoon and big ocean are connected—even though from my floating, balanced position on that lagoon right now, it is difficult to imagine.

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