An island paradise is never the same as when you share all the memorable moments with a group of close friends. Bond during exciting treks through the forest, encounter the underwater world with friends by your side and recap each day’s activities over drinks at one of the lively bars. Create lifetime memories with friends by trying these top 10 activities for groups.
1. The Needle
Te Rua Manga, aka ‘The Needle’, is Rarotonga’s most notable peak thanks to its distinguishable spire and ease of accessibility. You shouldn’t attempt to reach the true summit without proper climbing equipment and experience, but you need only make it to the end of the trail to witness incredible views of Rarotonga.
2. Scuba Diving
The Cook Islands’ clear water and exciting marine life make it one of the best places to scuba dive. In a single dive you can see giant turtles, colourful fish and a diverse range of coral. There are also scuba diving certification programs for anyone wishing to learn.
Breathtaking limestone caves can be found on the islands of Atui and Mangaia. If you want to learn about the caves’ wildlife and histories, you should take a group tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Inside the caves you can witness massive stalagmites and stalactites, among other memorable sights.
Kitesurfing is quickly becoming more popular in the Cook Islands, as it provides a fun and adventurous way to explore the ocean and lagoons. Muri Lagoon and the island of Aitutaki are two great places to kitesurf.
5. Pa’s Trek
Pa is one of Rarotonga’s most renowned residents, gaining fame from his charismatic walking and hiking tours through the Rarotonga inland. An experienced guide, Pa shares stories concerning wars, families and great moments in Cook Islands history, while leading you through the island’s memorable terrain.
6. Bars And Clubs
The Cook Islands’ nightlife has that classic island feel, with many of the clubs and bars featuring open-air spaces. Nightclubs in Avarua such as Whatever Bar and Rehab often hold special events and regular happy-hour specials.
7. Vaku Marumaru Atua
From Rarotonga, you can leave land behind by heading out onto the water in a traditional canoe called vaka. The Vaka Marumaru Atua is a lot bigger than the type of canoe most people picture and can take groups for three-hour cruises around the islands or sail you across to Aitutaki at night.
8. Fly Fishing
Aitutaki Blue Lagoon is the place to be for fly fishing. The local fly fishing expert, Butch Leone, can help you master the art and reel in a big bonefish. It’s great fun trying to catch a bigger fish than all your friends.
The shallow reef surf breaks around the Cook Islands are home to some of the South Pacific’s best surf. The swells are often quite large and there isn't much water between your board and sharp coral, so surfing is recommended for experienced riders only.
10. Cycle Tours
Eco Cycle Tours run regular bicycle rides through the trails of Rarotonga, providing history and stories about the island paradise. Learn about the culture and heritage of the Cook Islands while taking in spectacular nature.