Rarotonga has waves year-round, thanks to various reef passes facing different swell windows.
The Cook Islands weather is typically tropical. Summer is hotter and more humid with a higher rainfall and the risk of tropical storms and sometimes cyclones (hurricanes). Winter is cooler and drier.
The Cook Islands culture is molded by its Polynesian heritage mixed with a European influence. A melange of magical mystical islands shrouded in legends of romance and piracy, escapades and hidden treasures, all of which have shaped the traditions and customs that give the Cook Island people their own unique identity.
Rarotonga has waves year-round, thanks to various reef passes facing different swell windows. The best surf, however, usually happens during the austral summer (November to March), when strong North Pacific storms feed swell to the South Pacific, met by the prevailing southeasterly trade winds, causing favorable offshore conditions on Rarotonga’s northern and western shores. The austral winter (May to September) is much more consistent, offering strong south swell, but unfortunately the trades can be harsh. Get it glassy, though, and you’re in for a treat.
Rarotonga epitomizes the South Pacific, and when you think South Pacific, what do you need there? Boardshorts, tropical wax, a few barrel-tuned boards, and plenty of sunblock. Reef booties are a major necessity, too, since accessing many of the spots requires a slow stroll over urchins and coral.