Rarotonga Cook Islands

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1. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

Air New Zealand had a real good deal from California to Rarotonga, so me and a couple of friends booked the flight.

I thought Rarotonga would have fine soft sand beaches like Cancun and (and as some have said California), but recently someone posed elsewhere that Rarotonga has crushed shell/coral beaches and can be abrasive and shoes are needed -- not what i was expecting.

Has anyone visited all the beaches on the island and make any recommendations which have the less abrasive beaches? (haha) what i mean is which are the best fine sand beaches on Rarotonga?

Elsewhere someone posted Muri beach as the best, but i've read the west part of the island is better (Arorangi beach?), and finally someone else posted Titikaveka is the best beach.

What are your experiences with the sand on the beaches of Rarotonga?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5586 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

The beaches on Raro are just fine :) I spent 10 or 11 days there in 2006 and wearing shoes definitely didn't come to mind! We stayed at a vacation rental in the Titikaveka area of Rarotonga, but I'd probably recommend Muri or Vaimaanga just as much (Muri if you want some kind of nightlife and easier access to shops). I don't seem to have uploaded many photos of the actual sand from that trip, but if you look at this photo, and click on the Show on Map link, you'll get an idea of where we were staying.

One thing to watch out for there is the rips where the channels are in the reef. While we were there someone out on a snorkelling trip died after being dragged out by one of these. There's 4 or 5 of them around the island, but they are pretty well marked. Apparently they claim the lives of a handful of tourists every year. Out fishing one day I was walking near one while the tide was going out and they are VERY VERY powerful.