Rarotonga is an excellent place for snorkelling, most of the island is ringed by a coral reef creating a calm lagoon. In addition there are 3 coral area within that lagoon where fishing is prohibited creating sanctuaries for aquatic life.
- Water Sports
- Diving and Snorkeling
Row, row, row your boat ... Vaka Eiva
Vaka Eiva (literally Canoe Festival) is held in Raro each November. It is an international week-long event, drawing teams from Oz, NZ, Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, Guam, etc, as well as local CI teams.
Polynesians have a seafaring tradition on great canoes going back over 5000 years (pre-dating western navigation of the oceans) so they take this pretty seriously.
Events from schoolkids through to masters, sprints all the way up to 36 Round Raro event (3 hours of rowing at 75 strokes per minute!)
A fantastic fun carnival, with novelty events (including tipping in which you tip your outrigger up to see how long you can last before ditching in the water), and sponsorship by Steinlager to keep the spirits up, too.
Equipment: Some teams buy their own boats, others share boats. Best check with the organisers.
- Adventure Travel
Great place for activities
Rarotonga is a great place to get out there and do heaps of snorkelling, kayaking, swimming and diving.
Snorkelling and diving are particularly good given the variety of fish, the beautiful clear water and the reef.
Equipment: This can be hired, but with a lot of the resorts, the equipment is free if you are staying there.
Big Game Fishing
We traveled to the South Pacific Island of Rarotonga to do some big game fishing. There are not that many charter boats here but the ones that are all seem pretty good. The cpmpany we picked was the boat Seafara which we from the main harbour. Once aboard the charter boat Seafara the crew where busy getting lines ready and before we where out of the harbour we had baits in the water and we where fishing.
Elgin and his wife attended to our every need. The fishing was a bit slow on out first day out with only tw Mai Mai being caught, mine was 21kg and the other was much smaller.
All the fish that are caught on the baot remain the property of the skipper, they sell the catch once back on land, it help to suppulent there income. But if you want to keep a fish or two i'm sure that the skipper will help you out.
You will do a complete trip around the island and you are never more then a mile from shore, so not only do you get to go fishing but you get a look at the island from the ocean side, very nice too.
Equipment: We took our own big game gear with us on this trip but if you don't want to the boathas every thing you need so you all you have to do is turn up, pay your money and enjoy your self.
Mick the chef at Castaways told us that if we catch some fish he will cook it for us for diner, so of we went in search of dinner, Steve was first wit ha nice fish for the pan.
Nothing better then fresh fish and a crisp salad for dinner, so get out on the reef and cathc your self some dinner and its free to.
Equipment: We allways take a travel fishing rod with us, they don't take up much room in your bag and you never know when you might have the urge to wet a line.
Lets go Fishing
Whilst on the Island, we did some rock fishing when the tide was out, we had to wade right out to the reef edge where it would just drop 20 or 40 feet away at the mouth of a entrance to the lagoon. Along the way we would gather our own bait or if we where lucky a local would be out collecting octopuss from the rocks and he would cut us a tentical, fresh bait.
The fishing was good and i think that if we put more time into it the catch would have been bigger, but we where there for fun, so we enjoyed catching anything big or small.
Equipment: We took all our own fishing gear with us to Rarotonga,
- Family Travel
A great way to see the island is by kayak, the surrounding Coral reef makes the waters calm and a few hundred feet off shore is a great way to get a good picture of the island.