Crave Lifestyle's Rarotonga travel guide

Each time we host host a retreat in the Cook Islands we stumble across another amazing find and we're always on the lookout for more! From activities to do, places to see and things to eat, here are some of our favourites so far:

On the island of Rarotonga

Beluga Café

Probably the best coffee we had on the island! Beluga Cafe is serving up fresh food with style. The flavour combinations and presentation rival that of any city café, while the fresh local produce and relaxed atmosphere showcase the beauty of Rarotonga.   

Fresh food, amazing coffee, friendly team, and a gift shop filled with stunning home décor and design items. An easy walk or scooter ride from Edgewater Resort and Spa.


Snorkelling safari with sea scooters…and TURTLES!

Snorkel safari. Sea scooters. Tropical waters of Rarotonga. Sounds awesome? Jules, Kave and the team from Ariki Adventures will take you on an amazing underwater adventure. Swim with turtles, eagle rays and beautiful tropical fish then race each other back to shore with your sea scooters.

Ariki Adventures offer three different sea scooter adventures (lagoon safari, ocean safari or the turtle safari) as well as SUP, kayaking and loads of other water and land adventures. The turtle safari is an unforgettable experience!


Whale watching

Whales migrate past Rarotonga from July-September, however we were lucky to still see them when we visited in October.

Head over to the western side of the island and you can see the whales swimming from the shore. If you’re lucky you may even see them breach and jump from the water.

We watched these beautiful creatures from Mal’s Bar, right on the beach at Edgewater Resort and Spa, though anywhere along the coast of Arorangi/Avarua should get you a glimpse.


Get into the flow of island life with a blissful yoga session

What better way to start a retreat than with a relaxing flow class. Ash from YogiSpace with Ash will ensure that you leave all your troubles behind and ease your body and mind into holiday mode. Sand underfoot, palms overhead, and the sound of waves in the distance – the perfect combination to unwind and slow down to island time.


Join a WOD at Crossfit Tumuora

Looking for something a little more intense? Geoff and the team are always welcoming new faces into the box at Crossfit Tumuora. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or complete newbie, Crossfit Tamanu has a range of classes to suit.

Located opposite Edgewater Resort and Spa, you’ll be able to work up a sweat before heading across the road for a swim to cool off!


The Mooring Fish Café

Serving up huge open sandwiches and burgers filled with the freshest local catch and produce. The Mooring Fish Cafe has sandwiches, salads, homemade sauces, and the local game fish of the day. A foodie experience, Rarotonga style!

Not far from Muri Beach and open for lunch every day except Saturdays.


On the island of Aitutaki

Te Vaka Cruises

If you’re heading to Aitutaki, make sure you book in with Te Vaka Cruises for a day on the lagoon. Welcomed with a warm smile and a cold nu (fresh coconut juice), the crew guide you to the best spots, whip up a delicious BBQ lunch, and will have you laughing the day away.

Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Aitutaki lagoon, swim with giant trevally, and wander around One Foot Island to get your passport stamped.

Everywhere you turn looks picture perfect, so make sure you have some space on your camera for all those ‘Gram-worthy shots.


Koru Café

Koru is another heavenly spot for those needing a caffeine fix, or simply wanting delicious meals and drinks. Located on the way to Ootu Beach, Koru offers amazing all-day breakfasts, a tasty range of lunch meals, and can even provide you with BBQ and picnic packs to serve at your own location. Why not create a memorable beachfront picnic with friends or your special someone? Steve and Trina will make sure you’re left with a full tummy and happy heart.


Catch the Sunset from Tamanu Beach Resort

Spend the afternoon swimming with tropical fish right from the shore, paddling out to see the giant clam, or testing your skills on the stand-up paddleboard. But don’t leave too early, the sunset is something you won’t want to miss!

Grab a cocktail, relax on the beach and enjoy. Once the sun sets, head in to the restaurant for a delicious dinner with some of the friendliest service on the island. If you’re there on a Thursday, Tamanu put on an amazing cultural evening complete with island buffet and a fire and dance show.



For a relatively small group of islands, there are endless adventures, places to explore and experiences to be had. Let us know what your favourite things are and we’ll be sure to check them out the next time we’re in the Cook Islands for a retreat.