Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands, a nation of 15 islands in the central South Pacific. Volcanic peaks, ridges and rainforest dominate its interior. A 32km, round-the-island road links the beaches, coastal lagoon and reefs that make scuba diving and snorkeling popular.

Rarotonga is a very popular tourist destination with many resorts, hotels and motels. The chief town, Avarua(Two Harbors), on the north coast, is the capital of the Cook Islands.