Rarotonga is the most populous of the Cook Islands, with a total area of 67.39 km2 (26.02 ml2) and a population of 10,572 (2011 estimate), out of country's total resident population of 14,970. Capt. John Dibbs, master of colonial brig Endeavour, was credited as European discoverer on August 25, 1823 while transporting missionary Rev. John Williams.
Cook Islands' international airport and Parliament buildings are on Rarotonga. As it is the most populous, Cook Islanders are often referred to as Rarotongan, though they may come from one of the other fourteen islands in the group, like Mangaia or Aitutaki. Rarotonga is a popular tourist destination with plenty of resorts and hotels. The chief town, Avarua, situated on the north coast, is the capital of Cook Islands.
Most of Rarotonga Island is fringed with palm-studded beaches. There is a cross-island walk connecting Avatiu valley with island's south side. It passes Te Rua Manga, a prominent needle-shaped rock that is visible from the air and a few coastal areas. Hikes can be taken to Raemaru (flat-top mountain). Other popular stops include Papua Falls (Wigmore Falls) and Arai te Tonga (ancient marae).
Island activities include scuba diving, snorkeling, kite surfing, bike riding, hiking, boat tours, deep-sea fishing, scenic flights, dancing, going to restaurants, seeing island shows, tennis, squash, zipping around on mopeds. There are a lot of churches that are open for service on Sunday, featuring cappella singing. The pace of life is relaxed and at night people gather at the sea wall that skirts the end of airport's runway.
Highlights: Mountainous island, Takitumu Conservation Area, Avarua
Rarotonga Island cruise terminal
There are 3 harbours, Avarua, Avana and Avatiu, of which only the last is of any commercial significance. It serves a fleet of fishing and inter-island vessels. Cargo ships call regularly from New Zealand. Large cruise liners have to anchor off shore.
Port Rarotonga Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|2 March, 2018|
|Paul Gauguin||Tahaa Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia|
|13 March, 2018|
|Crystal Symphony||08:00||18:00||Aitutaki Island, Cook Islands|
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