Start planning your cruise and book your excursions to Rarotonga
, the largest of the South Pacific’s glorious Cook Islands, is surrounded by an extensive lagoon and reef. This MSC World Cruise
destination is celebrated for its palm-fringed beaches, verdant rainforests, azure waters, and volcanic peaks.
• Highland Paradise Lost Village
• Takitumu Conservation Area
• Muri Lagoon
On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll immerse yourself in Rarotonga history when you visit a ‘lost city’ at the foot of Mount Maungaroa. The former home of a Cook Islands tribe, this historical site has been remarkably transformed. Now known as Highland Paradise, you’ll be welcomed with a karakia, a traditional Rarotongan celebration. Next, listen to a guide recount the legends and spiritual beliefs of the island’s warriors before visiting village dwellings, former battlegrounds, and places of worship.
Nature enthusiasts will be in their element on an MSC Cruises excursion. At Takitumu Conservation Reserve, you’ll admire the Rarotonga Monarch — also known as the Rarotonga flycatcher or Kakerori bird. A fascinating tour provides further insight into the habitat of this marvellous little creature. You’ll also learn about indigenous plants that thrive in the Cook Islands as your guide walks your through the tropical rainforest.
The Muri Lagoon, admired for its crystal blue waters and beautiful atolls, makes an unmissable MSC Cruises excursion. Here, you’ll get the chance to enjoy swimming and snorkelling in a stunning marine ecosystem, teeming with colourful tropical fish and gorgeous coral gardens. Unwind on the beach, savour a fruit refreshment, or watch a traditional dance performance. If you like, you can take a glass-bottom boat across the lagoon or learn the art of coconut-husking!