Rarotonga is known to be the most heavily populated island among the Cook Islands. According to the 2011 Census, the population of Rarotonga was 10,572.
In addition to being the capital of the Cook Islands, it is also the youngest one in the islands group. Quite unlike the others which have got eroded and buried with age, Rarotonga on the other hand still stands strong and its landscape is scattered with pinnacles falling on to flats and terraces that are planted with coconuts, pineapples, paw paw and bananas.
The island is known for its cultural heritage and tradition. In fact, you can hear the loud drum call all across the island.
Rarotonga has a circumference of about 32km with a brilliant blue lagoon surrounding it from all sides. You will see colorful tropical fish beautifying this blanket of blue water and tall palms lining the pearl white sand of the island. The island also has a coral reef that has waves crashing against it inviting the fishermen to toss their lines.
Polynesian cuisine is primarily characterized by seafood dishes and the restaurants on Rarotonga Island offer both kinds of dishes – traditional and also those in cooked in the island style.
A must-try delicacy on the Rarotonga island is the grilled ‘mai-mai’ or dolphin fish. It is especially popular at Trader Jack’s located in Avarua.
For those in the search of some gourmet dining on the Rarotonga Island, Muri’s Flame Tree is a good option. Gourmet dishes can also be savored at Tumunu and Portofino in Arorangi and Tupapa respectively.
Activities in Rarotonga
The popular activities that you can indulge in on the Rarotonga Island include snorkeling, bike riding, scuba diving, horse-back riding, deep-sea fishing, hiking, boat tours, visiting restaurants, scenic flights, dancing, tennis, squash, watching island shows, exploring the island on mopeds, and definitely, relaxing at the beachside.