Rarotonga, South Pacific
Rarotonga is the type of place to really have a break from it all. It's super-relaxed and safe, with over 70 places to stay, and it’s well set up for tourists and fishermen. The island has everything you need as well as beautiful safe white sand swimming beaches, mountains, rainforest and of course exceptional fishing.
The Cook Islands were populated by Maori ancestors who landed in their Vakas (giant double hulled canoes) here centuries ago guided by more than the stars.
Tradition and the retention of their cultural heritage are trademarks of the island. The drum and the rhythm of the sticks pounding out a tattoo on hollowed out tree trunks is a talent taught from childhood. Music is a part of island life here from the chants and hymns heard in the churches, to the string bands and traditional ukuleles made from coconut shells.
We came to Rarotonga in search of giant Wahoo and we found them. There are FADs up and down the coast that are hot spots for the pelagics from June to November each year including Mahi Mahi and Yellowfin as well as the Wahoo. We fished with Akura Fishing Charters and they delivered - with knowledge and skill as well as fish. We recommend them. Akura are happy to take out spearfishermen as well.
We dove with Dive Rarotonga and found them professional and well equipped and if you want to learn to dive, these guys can do that too. The waters are clear and there are plenty of reef fish as well as stunning coral gardens. Dive Raro has around 35 dive sites around the island and they can take you night diving too.
where to stay
If you're into eco - Muri Beach Resort is awesome. They are contained units and the whole resort is off the grid, powered by solar. More upmarket is the Nautilus Resort right next door. Superb, luxurious and with a restaurant that is exceptional.
- Prawn Hunt - head up into the jungle at night to catch a feed of prawns.
- Flying Fish Hunt - catch flying fish at night.
- Whale Centre - Nan Hauser is one of the world's leading Humpback researchers.