A must do. Relaxing and FUN. Explore and discover the magic of this big little island in just a day or two by bus, car, bike or scooter. Every inch of the 32-kilometre circumference offers plenty of beauty and wanderlust to keep a permanent smile on your face the whole way around.
If you’re the independent type itching to go, we recommend you jump on a scooter. The pace is just right – not too fast you’ll miss things and not too slow to get “are we there yet” bored. With the feeling of freedom and fresh air on your face, you’ll come to charming waterfront towns such as Avarua and fall in love with Muri lagoon and Tiki beach. This island perimeter trek is just beautiful at every turn of the road.
Another great way of getting around (and an Escape Artist favourite) is by jumping on & off a local bus. There is only one main road around the perimeter of the island, so you can’t get lost with a choice of two; one goes clockwise the other anti-clockwise. Easy! Stop wherever you like, be it a deserted beach, a café garden, the markets or one of the many boutique resorts. There’s no better way to make you feel like you’re on a super-relaxing island holiday.
You can also hire a car if you like – the pluses are the flexibility of having direct access to transport 24/7. You’ll need a licence for this – from the police station or from a rental car hire place. Motorbikes are an option too, but we suggest only experienced bikers give it a go. There have been numerous accidents on the narrow roads. Please be careful.
If the paradise you discover exploring the perimeter isn’t enough, you can dive into the exceptional beauty of inland Rarotonga. Plenty of adventure tour companies are at the ready to help you explore the inner island on buggies, quad bikes and 4WD. For the more environmentally conscious (which we hope you are) you can join eco cycle tours with storytelling from local guides.
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