Silversea Expedition Cruises To RAROTONGA ISLAND

RAROTONGA ISLAND

Rarotonga is the essence of Polynesia with its warmth, vibrant tropical plants and some of the happiest and friendliest people on Earth. As the main island of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga supports most of the country’s people and services. The island was settled about 1500 years ago by traditional sailing canoes as part of the great Polynesian expansion. Cook Islanders are proud of their culture and happy to demonstrate their traditional skills. View more

Mesmerising dances incorporate energetic posturing of warrior men and seductive gyrations of grass skirts on the hips of women, along with graceful hand movements. An ancient eroded volcano bedecked in rainforest dominates the island. Skirting the mountain is a flat coastal strip where most people live. The island is fringed by white coral sand beaches and a shallow coastal lagoon stretching to a protective outer ring of coral reefs. Rarotonga has many modern water and land activities for visitors, but without the tourism hype of more well-known Pacific islands. An easy escape from is to trek across the island’s interior past the Needle—an aptly named volcanic rock spire. The decaying volcano on Rarotonga produces fertile soil and captures rain, ensuring lush dark green vegetation. Bird life is headlined by the Cook Islands Fruit Dove, and the Kakerori (Rarotongan Flycatcher). Kakerori were critically endangered with only 29 birds in the Takitumu Conservation Area in 1989. A dedicated conservation program has enabled a recovery of over 500 birds.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.

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LAUTOKA To PAPEETE (Tahiti)
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    Sep 26 2021
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PAPEETE (Tahiti) To LAUTOKA
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    Mar 06 2022
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Excursions in RAROTONGA ISLAND

4X4 Island Exploration

Experience a side of Rarotonga not typically seen by most visitors to the island during this picturesque, off-road sightseeing excursion.


Depart the pier in a Jeep with your guide for the scenic drive up towards the Avatiu Valley. En route, receive your safety and tour briefing, and take in stunning vistas of the terrain valleys, lush, tropical lagoons, inland villages and secluded areas. At a height of approximately 984 feet (about 300 metres) above sea level, a breath-taking panoramic views of the rainforest unfolds.


Next, traverse the rugged, steep back roads, and stop off at the top of a hill for more stunning views. From here, ride back down the hill towards the west side of the island. En route, travel inland to Wigmore's Waterfall and stop for photos before making a comfort stop at Papaaroa Beach.


Your drive continues on towards Seven Rocks and the vaka-canoe departure point. Afterward, proceed for a photo stop at Avana, then turn inland to Arai Te Tonga. Here, see and learn about 'maraes', and take in spectacular views of your surroundings.


Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the scenic, approximately 35-minute drive back to the pier.

Muri Lagoon Snorkelling

Experience the beauty of the Muri Lagoon from above-and-below sea level during this picturesque, half-day snorkelling excursion via glass-bottom boat.


Depart the pier for the short drive to the Muri Lagoon. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting glass-bottom boat for the cruise to a marine reserve and snorkel spot in the Muri Lagoon. En route, marvel at the underwater views of the lagoon's prolific marine life, including the rainbow-coloured, tropical fish as they glide around intricate coral heads, whilst your guides share stories, myths and legends of the coconut tree.


At the snorkelling spot, look for the tropical fish, starfish, resident moray eels and other marine life that inhabit the coral beds. From the Snorkel area cruise back across Muri Lagoon to Koromiri Island, for a short, guided stroll through the motu a Coconut Tree Climbing and husking performance followed by light fruit refreshments then relax and soak up the tropical sun, and/or go swimming and snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters. Afterward, embark the boat, for the short ride back across the lagoon.


Upon arrival, re-board your bus and commence the short drive back to the pier.

Pa's Nature Walk

Explore the unique culture, traditions and beauty of Rarotonga through the eyes of a traditional medicine man during this memorable eco-tour.


Avarua Township & Pa's Residence

Depart the pier with your guide, Pa, a renowned local medicine man, for a narrated sightseeing drive to his residence on the eastern side of the island. En route, Pa takes you through Avarua Township and discusses the history of the area whilst passing by old Colonial churches, plantations and graveyards. Upon arrival at Pa's residence, he leads you on a guided tour of his residence and gardens. View the medicinal plants, learn about their health benefits and observe a demonstration of medicinal solutions using a variety of natural remedies.


Nature Hike

Join Pa for a guided nature hike into the lush interior. Along the way, Pa introduces you to the many varieties of local flora and fauna as taught to him by his grandmother, and passed down from generation-to-generation. He also explores their medicinal uses, the history of Polynesia and spiritual beliefs of his people. Return to Pa's residence for in season tropical fruit and listen to his life stories as he demonstrates the use of medicinal plants for healing and sample his various medicine juices.


The tour concludes with a short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity and walking for approximately 104 yards (about 95 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with four steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes, insect repellant, sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Raro Safari by 4x4

Experience a side of Rarotonga not typically seen by most visitors to the island during this picturesque, off-road sightseeing excursion.


Avatiu Valley

Depart the pier in a Jeep with your guide for the scenic drive up towards the Avatiu Valley. En route, receive your safety and tour briefing, and take in stunning vistas of the terrain valleys, lush, tropical lagoons, inland villages and secluded areas. At a height of approximately 984 feet (about 300 metres) above sea level, a breath-taking panoramic views of the rainforest unfolds.


Island Sightseeing & Wigmore's Waterfall

Next, traverse the rugged, steep back roads, and stop off at the top of a hill for more stunning views. From here, ride back down the hill towards the west side of the island. En route, travel inland to Wigmore's Waterfall and stop for photos before making a comfort stop at Papaaroa Beach.


Avana & Maraes

Your drive continues on towards Seven Rocks and the vaka-canoe departure point. Afterward, proceed for a photo stop at Avana, then turn inland to Arai Te Tonga. Here, see and learn about 'maraes', and take in spectacular views of your surroundings.


Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the scenic, approximately 35-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of off-road travel and a moderate amount of walking over bumpy, uneven terrain, with four steps to negotiate to get on/off the jeep. This tour is not suitable for guests requiring a wheelchair, those with back and/or neck problems, limited mobility or pregnant women. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes, sunscreen and hat are recommended.

Rarotonga Island & Cultural Experience

Discover the culture, history and traditions of Rarotonga during this scenic and informative, half-day island excursion.


Depart the pier for a leisurely, approximately 21-mile (about 33.8-kilometre) drive that completely encircles Rarotonga, a volcanic island paradise abounding with lush vegetation, rugged, tropical terrain and breath-taking panoramic viewpoints. Your tour begins with a drive through Avarua Town, the central business district of Rarotonga. Along the way, pass by the Museum, Cultural Centre and Cook Islands Christian Church, built in 1842 of coral and limestone. Afterward, a photo stop is made Arai Te Tonga Marae, Ara Metua (Road of Toi), a historical back road built in 1050.


Next, visits are made to the Ngatangiia Harbour, the departure point of the Polynesian migration to New Zealand in 1350., and the crystal-clear Muri Lagoon. This stretch of beach is a popular tourism spot, and the Muri Lagoon is ideal for sailing and soft water sports. Upon arrival, enjoy a coconut demonstration followed by refreshments and a cultural dance performance.


Following your visit, re-board your bus and continue driving along the winding roads that traverse the coastal and inland areas. En route, pass by lush vegetation and fruit plantations whilst your guides share stories and legends of the Cook Islands. Following a photo stop at Black Rock, re-board your coach for a short drive back to the pier.

Rarotonga Island & Cultural Tour

Discover the culture, history and traditions of Rarotonga during this scenic and informative, half-day island excursion.


Avatiu, Avarua Town, Museum, Cultural Centre, Cook Islands Christian Church, Arai Te Tonga Marae

Depart the pier for a leisurely, approximately 21-mile (about 33.8-kilometre) drive that completely encircles Rarotonga, a volcanic island paradise abounding with lush vegetation, rugged, tropical terrain and breath-taking panoramic viewpoints. Your tour begins with a drive through Avarua Town, the central business district of Rarotonga. Along the way, pass by the Museum, Cultural Centre and Cook Islands Christian Church, built in 1842 of coral and limestone. Afterward, a photo stop is made Arai Te Tonga Marae, Ara Metua (Road of Toi), a historical back road built in 1050.


Ngatangiia Harbour, Muri Lagoon, Coconut Demonstration, Cultural Dance Performance

Next, visits are made to the Ngatangiia Harbour, the departure point of the Polynesian migration to New Zealand in 1350., and the crystal-clear Muri Lagoon. This stretch of beach is a popular tourism spot, and the Muri Lagoon is ideal for sailing and soft water sports. Upon arrival, enjoy a coconut demonstration followed by refreshments and a cultural dance performance.


Coastal and Inland Roads, Lush Flora, Fruit Plantations, Black Rock

Following your visit, re-board your bus and continue driving along the winding roads that traverse the coastal and inland areas. En route, pass by lush vegetation and fruit plantations whilst your guides share stories and legends of the Cook Islands. Following a photo stop at Black Rock, re-board your coach for a short drive back to the pier.

Scenic Flight Over Rarotonga

Embrace the exquisite natural beauty of Rarotonga during this unforgettable flight-seeing adventure.


Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the airport. After checking-in at the Air Rarotonga airport counter, receive your safety and tour instructions before boarding your aircraft, a high-winged Cessna 172.


Next, begin your fully-narrated, 30-minute flight-seeing excursion. Marvel at spectacular panoramic views of volcanic cliff-faces, fly through valleys and see remote villages, and take wonderful aerial photographs of the island.


Following your flight-seeing tour, return to the airport and re-board your vehicle for the brief drive back to the pier.

Takitumu Conservation Nature Trek

Explore the conservation efforts on the island of Rarotonga during this panoramic excursion to the Takitumu Conservation Reserve.


Depart the pier for the short drive along the scenic coastal road of Rarotonga en route to the Takitumu Conservation Reserve. Upon arrival, begin your approximately 1.24-mile-long (about two-kilometre-long) nature trek through the Takitumu Conservation Reserve.


This tour has been instrumental in spreading the word about the conservation efforts involving the indigenous Kakerori flycatcher, a bird found only on Rarotonga. Over the years, the bird's numbers have dwindled as a result of an increase in the number of natural predators. Your visit, along with those of many others, provides the landowners with the funds needed to conduct research into various ways of preserving these birds and their environment.


The Takitumum Conservation Reserve is also a tropical rainforest, with many types of medicinal plants. During your nature trek, examine the methods utilised in the harvesting of these plants. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your bus and commence the short drive back to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.