The Cook Islands is no doubt an exotic location full of amazing areas to explore and discover. Lovers of all things adventure will find their fix here. From an overnight cruise between islands to a hike through the wild inland areas of Rarotonga, there’s something to thrill everyone.
Explore The Ancient Caves On Mangaia
The island of Mangaia, one of the least populated in the Cook Islands, is steeped in rich history. A lot of this history resides in the intricate cave systems that exist on the island. The adventurous souls will enjoy stepping into these caves including Te Puta, a small cave where a recluse lived and which provides stunning views of the island’s plateaus.
Some of the caves seem endless, stretching as far as three kilometres with a labyrinth of twists and turns. If you’re brave enough to venture through them, you may come across the human remains of past island residents.
Vaka Marumaru Atua
Few activities let you know how seaworthy you are better than a voyage out beyond the reef on a traditional sailing canoe (vaka). The Vaka Marumaru Atua is a large sailing canoe built using the same methods of ancient Cook Islanders. It can transport groups out into deep water, where you may need to brace for the occasional big wave.
The cruises last about three hours and provide glamorous views of Rarotonga. If you want to increase the excitement, ask about the occasional night journey on the Marumaru Atua from Rarotonga across to Aitutaki.
Surfing Shallow Breaks In Rarotonga
Surfing off the island of Rarotonga is an epic event thanks to the shallow reefs. However, these reefs also provide some of the best tube rides in the Pacific. Known for being short and punchy, each ride gives you a quick dose of adrenaline as you cruise centimetres above the reef along crystal clear water.
The most reliable surf breaks can be found off Avana Harbour, Rutaki and off Club Raro. Due to the hazardous combination of the shallow water and the sharp coral in the reef, surfing in Rarotonga is only recommended for experienced surfers.
Control The Wind With Kitesurfing
The Cook Islands has seen a recent rise in the popularity of kitesurfing, thanks to regular weather that is tailor-made for the sport. There are multiple companies that facilitate kitesurfing with lessons, professional equipment and boat transfers.
The steady winds that blow across Aitutaki Blue Lagoon and Muri Lagoon provide the perfect conditions for kitesurfing, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.