There are so many hidden features in Rarotonga itself, it’s easy to spend an entire day exploring some of them. Another possibility is to hop on an inter-island plane and see some of the other Cook Islands. Here are the best of both types of day trip:

  • Visit Rarotonga’s Waterfall: Papua Falls is located on the southern side of Rarotonga - near Vaimaanga. It is the island's only accessible waterfall, and becomes a beautiful (following heavy rainfall, beloved sightseeing spot throughout the year. The road to the waterfall is sealed all the way from the main road turnoff.  Beware that there is a heavy infestation of mosquitoes at the waterfall site. Take insect repellent. 
  • Drive Avatiu Valley: Whether you take your own car or walk the route, you'll get the best non-ocean views on the island by driving into the valley of Avatiu. The gently descending road is both relaxing and scenic.
  • Walk the length of a beach.  Relaxing and peaceful, you glimpse another side of life to the island from the shoreline.
  • Day-trip to snorkel on Aitutaki: Tiny Aitutaki’s claim to fame is that it was visited by Captain Bligh, shortly before his crew infamously mutinied against him. However, Aitutaki has much more than this story to offer the tourist visiting from Rarotonga. Take a hike on one of Aitutaki’s various islets, and then cool down by snorkeling in the lagoon. Flights between Aitutaki and Rarotonga operate seven days a week, with at least two flights daily.