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At the White House Apartments you can easily spend a day relaxing by our swimming pool or, for the more active, enjoying the open section next to the property for a game of rugby or soccer. In the evening cook a meal on the barbecue and dine under the stars in this tranquil area of Rarotonga.
Close to the property you will also find the beautiful Aro'a Beach, one of the best beaches on the island because of its quiet location, soft white sand, sunset views and fantastic swimming and snorkelling right off the shore. Part of a Marine Reserve this is arguably the best snorlelling beach on the island with an abundance of fish.
A short drive away from the property you will find a number of great restaurants and supermarkets. You can also hire a car, scooter or bicycle and explore the rest of the island paradise...
Rarotonga offers a wide range of activities to suit any type of holiday. Your hosts, Brent and Eve can provide you with some suggestions when you arrive, however here is an idea of some of the activities you can do on the island:
Culture and history
To understand more about the history of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands take a tour of one of the cultural villages on the island, Highland Paradise or Te Vara Nui. Here you will be immersed in the spiritual and cultural practices of the Cook Islanders, past and present. Both of these venues, as well as other large resorts on the island, also offer an 'island night' where you can enjoy a buffet of local and western dishes and outstanding performances of local dance groups.
There are many tour operators that offer the chance to explore the historical and cultural sights of the island in almost any type of vehicle you can imagine. Alternatively hire your own car, scooter or bicycle and go exploring yourself. The island is surrounded by one main road, approximately 32km long, and there is also the historical road, Ara Matua, originally built in the 11th century, where you will find some of the main historical sights.
To experience the modern culture of Rarotonga, you should head to the Saturday morning market in Avarua, Te Punanga Nui. This is the main weekly social event for the people of Rarotonga, and you can enjoy the numerous stalls as well as entertainment from local singers, drummers and dance groups.
Activity and adventure
On land or sea, Rarotonga offers a wide variety of sports and activities. Enjoy a round of golf on the 9 hole course, play a game of tennis, try kite surfing, hike up one of the mountain trails... the list is (almost) endless.
Of course one of the most popular activities is scuba diving. At White House Apartments we are lucky enough to be just 100 metres from The Big Fish dive centre, one of the main operators on the island. Book a dive, or get your PADI certificate, and enjoy seeing the underwater wildlife of the reef and exploring the caves and wrecks that surround the island.
Deep sea fishing is also a very popular activity for our guests, and Brent & Eve would be happy to help you book on a trip while you are here. On these excursions you can experience the excitement of fishing for wahoo, tuna, mahimahi or, if you are lucky, marlin.
For those who do not want to dive or fish outside the reef, the lagoon itself offers a fantastic chance to see beautiful Pacific fish. You can do this from Aro'a Beach, or book on to one of the lagoon cruises which will take you to the best snorkelling area of the island. Between June and September you may also be lucky enough to watch the humpback whales pass by the island.