Travel with Children

Always check with the place you’re staying about their policy on children, as some don’t cater for kids under 12. For really little ones, you can hire strollers, car seats and portacots from Coco Tots. Ask at your accommodation or the tourist information office about babysitting services.

The top draw for kids is the island’s colourful lagoon and the spectacular beach that stretches around the island. Good spots for snorkelling are Muri, Tikioki and Aro’a Beach, and smoothies and ice creams are never far away at Fruits of Rarotonga or the Saltwater Cafe.

For an in-depth look at the island’s underwater inhabitants, kids will adore a glass-bottom boat tour around Muri Lagoon from either Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruizes or Koka Lagoon Cruises. An option to explore the underwater world beyond the reef is on the Raro Reef Sub. From July to October they might be lucky enough to see humpback whales cruising past the island. If they’re really keen on all things cetacean, visit the excellent Cook Islands Whale & Wildlife Centre.

Active kids will love exploring the island’s jungle-covered interior on the Cross-Island Track, or Raro's quieter back roads on a bicycle ride with Storytellers. Alternatively, drop by Ride Rarotonga and rent a funky, go-anywhere beach cruiser with massive, knobbly wheels.

An entertaining jeep ride around the island with Raro Safari Tours will be sure to please, or you can take them for a quad-bike spin with Coconut Tours if they’re eight years or older. Another exciting offroad option is with Raro Buggy Tours, but mum or dad will definitely need to be behind the wheel.