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Island Discovery Tour by Island Hopper Vacations

by Island Hopper Vacations Ltd
per adult Price is CA $59
Duration: 3h Free cancellation available No Booking Fees Print Voucher Print Voucher Offered in: English Offered in: English Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels

Highlights

  • Scenic drive on the 11th-century Ara Metura island road

  • Historic churches, sandy beaches & tropical fruit plantations

  • Coconut husking demonstration & a chance to shop for oils

  • Views over the entire island from the top of Needle Lookout

  • Visit to the workshop of a master South Pacific pearl carver

Highlights

  • Scenic drive on the 11th-century Ara Metura island road

  • Historic churches, sandy beaches & tropical fruit plantations

  • Coconut husking demonstration & a chance to shop for oils

  • Views over the entire island from the top of Needle Lookout

  • Visit to the workshop of a master South Pacific pearl carver

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10:00 AM, Island Discovery Tour in English

Duration 3h

Live Commentary in English.

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Total price is CA $58.32, taxes included

No booking or credit card fees

Island Discovery Tour by Island Hopper Vacations

Activity Location

Rarotonga

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Rarotonga (Hotel Pickup)

    Rarotonga


Description

Embrace your inner castaway on bewitching Rarotonga, where bone white beaches and jungle-covered peaks meet tropical plantations and a millennium's worth of Polynesian culture. Visit natural landmarks and ancient sites, husk a coconut, and watch a master pearl carver at work.

Take a seat on a comfortable, air-conditioned bus and take in the spectacular scenery as you cruise along the Ara Metua, or Road of Toi. This 11th-century road encircles the entire island to connect maraes (ceremonial sites), and is paved in slabs of coral and basalt. Ride along the coast to Black Rock – these volcanic rocks jutting out of the turquoise water are a prime snorkelling destination. Stop at the Garden of 7 Stones and learn about the Maori canoe traditions.

Head inland, winding by historic churches and tropical plantations, where the trees hang heavy with citrus fruit, bananas and papaya. Raemaru Mountain rises in the distance as you approach Rito Cook Islands, a company that makes health and beauty products from coconut oil. Try your hand at husking and opening this treasured island fruit, and see how coconuts are pressed to extract their sweet and fragrant oil.

Continue on to the Needle Lookout, a volcanic outcrop high above the very centre of the island. The heady scent of plumeria fills the air as you gaze out over the island's verdant hills and brilliant beaches from coast to coast. Your last stop is the studio of Tokerau Jim, a master pearl carver. His precious works of art come in delicate hues of pink, green, silver and cream. Take a look at the beautiful wares before you return to your hotel.


Inclusions

  • Guided bus tour of Rarotonga Island

  • Light refreshments

  • Roundtrip transport to and from your Rarotonga hotel

  • Live commentary provided in English


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • This venue is not wheelchair accessible.

  • At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place.


Island Discovery Tour by Island Hopper Vacations ratings based on 4 Verified Reviews

4.9 out of 5

4/5 Sep. 7, 2019

Our driver James was very passionate about his heritage and shared many interesting facts about the island , its in habitants and local customs. Small problem with the back door not wanting to close and then not wanting to open again. Great orientation tour and lots of photo opportunities.

5/5 Jan. 5, 2019

This was a perfect way to get familiar with Rarotonga and I was lucky to have a private tour as the other guests were unable to make it. George was such great company and taught me so much about the Cook Islands. I loved everything about this tour and would highly recommend it.