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Black rock is where the spirits depart. While the beach is gorgeous, I suggest that (out of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Black Rock is a significant location to the Maori as the place where the spirit departs this world... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Black Rock beach is historically and culturally important to the people of Rarotonga. Facing north-west, and receiving all day sun, the lagoon area is a popular aqua-playground. The prominent black rocks serve as diving platforms into the rock pools...more
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All reviews high tide reef shoes different occasions beach combing amazing turquoise soak up the sun plenty of tropical fish great beach great place to snorkel great for kids blue water swimming hole take photos fruit windy picnic island
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Black rock is where the spirits depart. While the beach is gorgeous, I suggest that (out of respect) you move down to Titikaveka Beach between Charlie’s and Fruits of Rarotonga for the best lagoon on the island.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Black Rock is a significant location to the Maori as the place where the spirit departs this world an enters the next. Facing west, we chose this location to watch the sun set on our last evening on Rarotonga. We were not disappointed! As the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Little1958
Reviewed 11 February 2019

Gorgeous beach! There was a very strong current when we went and not sure if I would recommend to families but the water was amazing.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank donnag5652
Reviewed 14 January 2019

It wasn't until my third visit to Rarotonga that I went to black rock, and it is fantastic, I recommend you go for swim and snorkel here. Remember to be safe when swimming near the reef.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TePutu
Reviewed 9 January 2019

The beach was very extensive and it was neat to see some local kids climbing on "Black Rock" and jumping into the water; I was not that brave. The snorkelling here is OK, water is clear but not very much coral; Fruits of Rarotonga was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RobbyMar111
Reviewed 22 December 2018

A beautiful walk along the sand to crystal clear water. The tide was mostly out so only the water right by the rock when I was there. Fabulous outlook to the reef beyond.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Cheysreview
Reviewed 16 December 2018

Black Rock Beach is easily one of the best places to swim on Rarotonga. The water is the most amazing turquoise colour. We also noticed that the water seemed to be saltier than normal, but we loved it. We enjoying swimming for quite a long...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 December 2018

Takes its name from the large almost 2 million year old basalt rocks at its central point - at high tide the water is deep enough for a good swim - we did not snorkel but there were others a little way of the beach...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GDay1044
Reviewed 30 November 2018 via mobile

You can take the local bus to black rock $5 one way and $10 return We had a van and drove to black rock for a view and chill. Gorgeous point with blue waters and plenty of opportunities for snorkeling. Great photo experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank X9477ZRkarenm
Reviewed 27 November 2018

One of our main goals on Rarotonga was to enjoy some snorkelling. Due to the wind causing choppy water we often ended up at Black Rock. It's location means that it is the most protected from the wind. This beach really offers something for everyone....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from viv_ab | Reviewed this property |
This is the kind of place where you come and get away from it all, there are no major chains, outlets, none, just simple restaurants that serve simple local food and hotels and AirBNBs again which are all independent. It is... More
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5 March 2017|
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No not really