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Bike trip around Rarotonga

The trip around the island Rarotonga

Petr Liška
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Bike trip around Rarotonga
Inserted: 21.09.2013
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One of the most popular trips in Rarotonga is leading around the island along the main road Ara Tapu, which has only about 30 kilometers. It can be undertaken on a moped, bike or or on the bike with motor help. You will see green mountains on all sides, typical houses, occasionally beaches – but you would probably expect there will be much more beaches. There are several short roads leading from the main road directly into the interior, so this trip can also be extended. In addition, the main busy road leading along the coast is in more than halfway around the island accompanied by much greener and quieter small parallel road through interior. So you can actually bypass the island twice and each time a little differently.

South coast

The road runs in circle around the island, so it does not matter at what point you start and what direction you take. You always end up where you started :-) Most tourists are located in the southwest in Muri, so let’s start our bike trip around the island here. The entire southern coast is renowned as the best area for beaches, but there are only a few places where you can swim well. Water is mostly very shallow.

South coast
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Island prison

After passing a few kilometers you reach at an interesting gateway to local tropical prison.

Island prison
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The picturesque landscape

Right next to the prison is very picturesque hilly landscape.

The picturesque landscape
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Parliament

The road approaches to the airport that occupies large part of the north island. There's a lot of traffic and there is the least to see. Small attraction is here the local parliament – the building looks like as being composed from uni cells.

Parliament
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Manufacturing a catamaran

The road from the airport continues to Avarua with beautiful mountain scenery that is worth a separate visit. On the edge of town you can see workshops, where catamarans are made as in the old days.

Manufacturing a catamaran
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Close behind Avarua

The most beautiful part of the trip is on the east coast between Avarua and Muri. From here there are the best views of the mountains and there is not only external but also internal road.

Close behind Avarua
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Picturesque housing

The local buildings are not at all monumental and it is good – houses beautifully fit into the local picturesque green landscape full of flowers and papaya plantations.

Picturesque housing
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National football stadium

National football stadium boasts with beautiful panorama. Directly behind it towers the highest mountain on the island – Te Manga.

National football stadium
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Fields in Rarotonga

The fields are small, but crops are big and frequent.

Fields in Rarotonga
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The massif above the jungle

Most tourists visit Rarotonga for swimming, but perhaps even more beautiful sceneries are in the interior.

The massif above the jungle
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The mountainous interior

From some perspectives the interior of the island seems to be completely impassable.

The mountainous interior
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Early evening in the interior

The circle around the island is slowly closing, but the views are still great.

Early evening in the interior
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Sunset

Just in front of Muri – from the bridge over the river Avana, around which leads also a short trek, there are beautiful sunset views of the local mountains.

Sunset
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