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They say that great things come in small packages, and Rarotonga is no exception. Despite only having a 32km circumference, there is so much to see, do and taste in the Cook Islands capital. Boasting a strong cafe culture, open air bars and thriving artisan restaurant scene, Rarotonga is a foodie’s dream with the freshest of seafood, organic produce and skilled chefs at every turn.

Away from the immaculate coastline, the hinterland of ‘Raro’, as the locals call it, is covered in lush jungle and scattered with mountains, valleys and cliffs. There are a number of treks and hikes guided by locals, but a must do is the ‘Cross Island Walk’, which will take you to the tallest point on the island where you will enjoy 360 degrees of stunning beauty - there is no better way to see the island as a whole.

Somewhat surprisingly, Rarotonga is also home to one of the best nightlife scenes you’ll come across in the South Pacific – home to multiple bars, clubs and live music venues, there is even a ‘party bus’ that will transport you from venue to venue. If clubbing isn’t your scene then there is also a fantastic night market several times a week where you can enjoy home cooked and traditional dishes while listening to live music and enjoying the cool evening breeze.

Rarotonga is also the best place in the Cook Islands to learn about the region's unique history. First settled by Polynesian warriors from Samoa and what is now French Polynesia, Rarotonga has been witness to some very exciting history that has defined the South Pacific as a whole. Most notably, it was in the waters in and around the Cook Islands where the infamous mutiny on the Bounty occurred. After sighting Aitutaki, Captain Bligh was ousted by Fletcher Christian who then sailed into Rarotonga. There are a number of museums on the island, as well as official buildings and libraries where you can learn more about their stories, and those of other explorers from all over the world who were lured by Rarotonga’s beauty.

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