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Cook Islands Recreation

The Cook Islands offers a multitude of activities to enjoy... 

Explore the underwater world with a snorkel in the lagoon or diving beyond the reef’s edge in the ocean waters…Catch the “big one” on an adventurous deep-sea fishing excursion? Enjoy a game of tennis or an exhilarating work-out on the squash court, followed by a round of golf on one of the fun golf courses in Rarotonga and Aitutaki. For nature lovers there are excellent guided walking treks and safari tours for all levels which will take you off the beaten track and give you an insight into the geology, history and culture of the islands.

During your Cook Island holiday, whatever your age or capability we will have something fun to keep you busy, or if you wish do nothing at all ... relax and let the world go by - enjoy 'island time' until your flight home.

Diving: A spectacular underwater world awaits you just over the reef with such great visibility it has to be seen to be believed. The reef starts off with a gentle sloping gradient which continues right down to the drop-off. The island of Rarotonga offers a huge variety of dive sites to choose from right around the island, which means the opportunity to dive a different site every day. One of the benefits of diving on Rarotonga is that when weather conditions are not good on one side of the island, dive sites on the opposite side will be sheltered and calm. Aitutaki offers you the same conditions with even better visibility in the clear, warm waters.

Game Fishing: Game Fishing is a hugely popular past-time for many residents and visitors alike. One of the best advantages of deep sea fishing in the Cook Islands is that it is only a short trip to the fishing grounds. Charter costs are very favourable compared to other destinations and share or private charters are available. During Wahoo season from June to October most of the fishing is done about 400 metres from the reef. Humpback whales also visit during these months to breed and calve, so on many fishing trips during this period you can be treated to a fantastic whale watching experience.

Golf: The Rarotonga Golf Club offers visitors the chance to enjoy a round on the 9 hole golf course located at Nikao, near Black Rock. The Club is open 6 days a week from 8am with Saturday being the members day. You can hire a half set of clubs and the green fees are very reasonable. No casual attire like tank tops, singlets or beach-wear is allowed. Covered shoes are a must.

Tennis & Squash: Tennis courts are available for hire at Club Raro, Edgewater Resort & Spa, and The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa. They offer a complete range of quality rental equipment, including racquets and balls. Coaching lessons are also available.

Walking & Treks: For those keen on walking, Rarotonga offers plenty of options. There are no poisonous insects or snakes on the island so exploring the rainforest mountains and valleys is relatively easy & enjoyable. Observe exotic flora & fauna including immense buttress rooted trees, vibrant colourful flowers, butterflies and birds. Be sure to take good insect repellent. There are guided tours that will take you off the beaten track and give you an insight into the geology, history and culture of the islands.

Rarotonga Bowling Club: The Rarotonga Bowling Club boasts an international standard bowling green. Visitors are always welcome at the Saturday roll-up, starting times are 10am and 1pm with white dress required. Green fees and hiring of bowls starts from NZD$3.The club has a licensed bar open from 4pm daily.

Sailing, Kayaking & Snorkelling Excursions: The Rarotonga Sailing Club located right on the beach next to the Sails Restaurant invites visitors to join them on Saturday mornings to sail the mini fibreglass sail boats on pre-set courses around the spectacular Muri lagoon as a part of their mini regattas. So join in with the regular patrons as part of the crew for a fun time to be had on the water. If there are no kayaks available for hire where you are staying, then there are a number of activity huts around the island that you can hire kayaks from to explore the lagoon at your leisure. Great snorkelling can be found in the “raui” or marine reserve areas of the lagoon right around the island. The reef encircling the islands provides a safe environment for snorkellers to enjoy the lagoon.

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