Aroa Beach

Leave the bustle of the modern world behind and lounge on stretches of powdery white sand with the transparent Pacific Ocean at your fingertips.

Enjoy the freedom and serenity of the pristine Aroa Beach. Relax under swaying coconut trees, float on the currents, read a favorite book or swing in a hammock for hours. This tropical shoreline is a world-class scuba and snorkeling destination where multi-colored marine creatures provide mesmerizing underwater photo opportunities with every turn.

Relax in a beach bungalow, wake to a tropical fruit smoothie and a cup of coffee made from Cook Island-grown beans before exploring Rarotonga’s spectacular natural scenery.

The warm waters and astonishing underwater visibility make scuba diving and snorkeling a favored activity. Put on snorkeling gear and float along on the currents. See schools of tropical fish just feet from the shore, dive through shipwrecks, swim in troughs and scuba dive in caves, canyons and passages. Spot turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, humpback whales, starpuffer fish, barracudas and much more. If you have never dived before, this is a great spot to get your scuba certification with a local instructor.

Sail, windsurf or kayak on the lagoon, fish with a rod or pole to catch the evening meal or lounge on the shore to enhance your tan.

Explore the thick jungle behind the palm-fringed beach to see the tropical plants and wildlife.

Walk barefoot along the beach at sunset, smell the gardenia scent of the tiare bushes and spot native birds as they dart about catching insects in the last rays of day. Afterward, settle into a beach bar with cocktail in hand and dine on a platter of fresh seafood while enjoying live Polynesian music.

With year-round warm weather and crystal clear water, Aroa Beach is an idyllic tropical destination. It is located in southwestern Rarotonga, a 10-minute drive from the airport. Get around easily using the local bus that makes a regular 45-minute trip around the island. Car, scooter and bicycle rentals are also available.


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