Rarotonga is the only island other than Aitutaki in the Cook Islands with developed tourist facilities. It is rather small (67 sq mi/108 sq km) and a little crowded.
Avarua, the main town, is compact and easy to see on foot—it's laid out between the two harbors.
A good way to get oriented is to take a day and bicycle or motorbike along the 20-mi/32-km flat road circling the island. There are a few potholes, but it's a pleasant trip and you can really see, feel, smell and hear the island. Yo... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2014 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.