Rarotonga is the vibrant centre of the Cook Islands. Its circular shape is dominated by high mountain peaks, from which lush rainforests cascade to a palm-fringed shore. The island is almost completely encircled by a reef, which harbours a lagoon of clear turquoise water and many inviting white sand beaches. Beyond the reef, the indigo blue of the ocean provides a vivid contrast and a bountiful supply of fish.

This is where most visitors choose to stay, however there is increasing interest for excursions to the other islands. You'll find an excellent choice of accommodation sprinkled around the island's perimeter.

As the entire island is only 32 kilometres in circumference, getting around is easy.