Reasons To Visit Rarotonga
Rarotonga is the main island of the Cook Islands and the home of the capital Avarua. The island offers a wealth of things to do whether it’s outdoor activities or cultural sites, so people of all tastes will find something memorable to do. The waters surrounding the island offer many incredible opportunities whether it’s snorkeling and scuba diving or going out on a deep-sea fishing trip, or you can simply choose to relax on a beach and take in the sunshine. Active travelers will also want to get around and explore the island, with many different walking and hiking tracks taking you through the beautiful natural wilderness.
Arriving In Rarotonga
Rarotonga International Airport is the primary airport in the Cook Islands situated on the island of Rarotonga and just 3 km from Avarua. The airport mostly handles domestic and regional flights as well as a long-haul service to and from Los Angeles. If you are looking to travel from the UAE to Rarotonga you won’t be able to make the trip directly. However, the airport has a number of connections including flights from Auckland and Sydney, so travelers in the UAE will be able to make the trip with just one transfer.
At Rarotonga International Airport you will find all of the services and facilities you would expect for a pleasant stay. In addition to his range of retail and duty-free shopping opportunities, the airport is home to a few different cafés and eateries where you can enjoy a meal before your flight. Wi-Fi is available for a surcharge if you need internet access, while there is also an airport lounge available where you can wait for your flights in more luxurious surroundings. Once your flight has touched down at the airport, you can find public buses available if you are on a budget and don’t want to pay for a private taxi. Alternatively, you could consider a rental car in Rarotonga if you want to explore the island at your leisure.
Rarotonga Travel Information
As a UAE national traveling to the Cook Islands, you are entitled to enter the country without a visa for up to 31 days. In the country temperatures are relatively consistent over the course of the year, although there is a rainy season which begins in December and continues through until March. You will need to put your clocks back by 14 hours in order to get on local time, while the two currencies you can use in the country are the New Zealand dollar and the Cook Islands dollar.
* This information is correct as of March 2018
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