Things To Do

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We understand that, while many of our guests at Sunset Resort just want to sit back and relax on our white sandy beach or by one of our two swimming pools, while others want to stay busy with activities, tours, excursions and adventures. There are many fun resort activities, tours, excursions, Cook Islands cultural shows, and water activities available, as well as some fantastic shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Sunset Resort is the perfect location to explore all of these amazing offerings throughout  the magical island of Rarotonga.

Long-serving Cook Island staff will ensure you experience the best Rarotonga has to offer. Our staff have extensive knowledge of the island and tour operators. They can provide information about what to do on the island and find you great deals from local tour operators.

Our on-site Tour Desk can book any of the following activities. These are just a start – if there is something special you would like to do on the island, please simply ask our staff.


Join experienced and friendly Driver/Guides and discover the rich and ancient history of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands. This tour will take you places you would never otherwise visit, and will show you the deep cultural ties the people of the Cook Islands have to the land and its fauna and flora.


Kayaking is a popular pastime on the Muri Beach side of Rarotonga, in the safety of the lagoon surrounding the Motu’s (islands). Grab a picnic lunch and head out to the Motu, where y ou can simply watch the time slide by. Or hire a glass bottom kayak and be amazed by the colour and beauty of the fish swimming beneath you.


Cruise the lagoon in a glass bottom boat and find out how the locals cook, dive and snorkel. This relaxed excursion takes you snorkeling, and allows you to witness firsthand the colorful reef fish. You will visit a deserted Motu, where you will enjoy lunch and a fun cultural show. The entertaining crew will give you an experience you won’t forget.


With several charter fishing boats to choose from, you will be spoilt for sure! If deep sea fishing is your sport of choice, go out for the day and do your best to catch Yellow Fin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Wahoo, – just to name a few – all swimming just outside the reef. We can organize a fun and exciting day for you and your friends with highly experienced Skippers and fishermen.


Discover for yourself the beautiful tropical fish swimming around the lagoon, where you can enjoy fun snorkeling in a safe, tropical environment, where you are never more than waist deep in water. Directly in front of Sunset Resort is some of the best snorkelling on the island, where you can enjoy nature while feeling safe and secure. Snorkelling equipment is provided free of charge to all guests.


Looking for a bit more underwater adventure? Discover the beauty and miracle of the underwater world by scuba diving. We offer twice weekly Free Discover Scuba Dive lessons, available from a qualified PADI instructor, right here in our own swimming pool. So if you have always wanted to have a go – here’s your chance. When you are confident and comfortable, you can even discover the wonder of the open waters with an experienced team of professionals. Already a certified diver? Enjoy dozens of quality dive sites with experienced divemasters.


Between the months of August and October, Rarotonga is lucky enough to have whales visit our friendly waters, and are visible just off the lagoon on the western side of the island. And, because the outer reef is relatively close to our shores, there is no finer place to watch the whales than Sunset Resort. Stand on the deck or along the beach and watch these amazing creatures swimming and playing in the water. This really is a magnificent and magical sight.


Located just a 2 minute drive from Sunset Resort is Rarotonga’s only Golf Course. With 9 holes and 18 tees, you can enjoy a fun day on the links. Choose the time of day you would like to play. This course has many unique features that cannot be found on any other courses.


Relax and unwind with a Spa Treatment. From a massage to a pedicure, the Beauty and Spa treatments are many and varied. Professional Spa Therapists will be brought in to provide you with an indulgent experience. Your hardest decision will be how to fit it in to your day.


Enjoy our Sunday night BBQ at the Anchorage Restaurant and be entertained with live music from one of our local string bands. See our front office team to advise you about the wide range of cultural experiences and special Island Nights available on the island.


With two beautiful swimming pools and the warm tropical lagoon waters on your doorstep, swimming is a must-do activity. Many deserted, white sandy beaches can be found around the island. Grab a car and find your own private beach, where you can relax and soak up the sun on the glimmering sandy shores.

Contact Us to discuss your activity options with the Sunset Resort.