Arcadia Retreat Explore
Due south of Hawaii and just over 3 hours from New Zealand in the magnificent Pacific Ocean, the island of Rarotonga is truly one of the last paradises on earth. Where no building is taller than a coconut tree and you can complete a leisurely drive around the island in under an hour, Rarotonga has something for everyone.
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Surrounded by a protective reef teeming with sea life, the turquoise lagoon offers you safe swimming and spectacular snorkelling.If you’re lucky you’ll be accompanied by turtles, eagle rays or whales depending on the season. Whilst on land you will discover delicious and diverse dining options, as well as an extensive range of other entertainment and adventures.
FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT & DRINK
✓ Shipwreck Hut beach bar – the perfect spot to watch the sunset with cocktail in hand & feet in the sand.
✓ Vaiana’s – a locals’ favourite in Nikao, a beachside bar with legendary happy hours.
✓ Pacific Fish & Chips – less than 200m away this super popular fish ‘n chip shop has a reputation as the best on the island.
✓ Waterline restaurant and bar – right on the beach, casual dining to the sound of waves, only 5 minutes’ drive away.
✓ Antipodes – high up on the ridge looking over Black Rock and the reef beyond, this is the spot to book for a special dinner at sunset.
✓ Beluga Café – just 500m down the road, this popular cafe blends slick service with high quality innovative food and local flavours.
✓ Arorangi beach: pristine white sand, and usually empty plus just 3 minutes’ walk from Arcadia Retreat.
✓ Black Rock beach: great spot for picnics and snorkelling right off the beach.
✓ Titikaveka beach: the postcard pretty one with dining options close-by.
✓ Kavera beach: not well known but with plenty of spots to park a car and just jump in the clear water.
THINGS TO DO
✓ Water Sports – try SUP, snorkelling, kayaking, kite surfing and more.
✓ Lagoon Cruises – a special experience that includes entertainment above and below the water.
✓ Fishing – pop down to nearby Avatiu wharf to find a range of charters to suit your needs. Marlin Queen is one of our favourites.
✓ Island Nights – Cook Islanders are known as some of the Pacific’s best storytellers and entertainers, book an island night to see them in action.
✓ Markets – perfect for buying fresh fruit and vegetables, local souvenirs or even a delicious snack.
✓ Hiking – the island interior is just as spectacular as the lagoon, with hiking trails for all abilities and ages. Book with Ariimoana Walkabouts.