Surfing & other Activities on Rarotonga
Besides snorkeling, diving,
hiking and fishing, there are a plethora
of other activities to enjoy on the island
of Rarotonga. Surfing has to be one of the most popular water
sports on the island with the best surf spot found at Avana,
just outside of the Muri Beach area. Located on Rarotonga’s
eastern coast, Avana has short fast surf breaks which make for a
thrilling ride. However, these breaks are only meant for experienced
surfers as you can easily hurt yourself on the reef if you are not
careful. Surfing here is safest when the tide is high.
Another good surf hangout is near Club Raro at the Avana Harbor
in Avarua. A quiet place, this spot is perfect for those who want
to stay away from the crowds. Since Rarotonga is the only place
in the Cook Islands to
come surfing, you will find plenty of surfers here who are looking
to chill out and relax. Niki’s Surf Shop, east of Avarua near
Paradise Inn is a superb place to visit and gain some local knowledge
about Rarotonga’s surfing culture. The local surf king, Niki
has the only shop on the island that sells surf supplies.
Other than surfing, sailing, kayaking, boogie boarding, swimming and windsurfing are also popular activities. While if you are a land lubber, why not try some golf or tennis while you are here. Tennis courts can be found at the Edgewater Resort with night playing facilities also available as well as two grass courts. If you are a squash enthusiast, the courts at the Rarotongan Squash Club are open daily, along with four courts on hand at the Edgewater Resort.
For the avid golfer, why not hit a few rounds at the Rarotonga Golf Club near Black Rock. The only golf course on the island, there are a number of unique challenges here that make for a fun golfing experience.
Horseback riding tours of the island are another way to spend your time out here, along with lagoon boat tours which showcase the wealth of marine beauty off Rarotonga. Go for a glass bottom boat ride on the Muri Lagoon or take a semi-submersible sub to see amazing underwater splendor on hand.