Getting Around Rarotonga on Bus & Bike

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Getting around the main island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is super easy, and the best way to tour around. A way to see the sights and have fun – take the bus or the bike!

I did both during my trip, with the bus getting me around faster and the bike being a bit of a workout. The bike allowed me to go at my own pace (the island is not that hilly) and stop at beach after beach.

I’ve got to say – the seats on the bicycles are not the most comfortable. You can opt for ATV’s and Jeeps and scooters also. The bus was very comfortable but it costs more and can get crowded.

This is how you get around Rarotonga:

Clockwise Buses

Since the island is shaped in a circular shape, the easiest way to get around to farther destinations is by bus.

The main bus runs Clockwise, just like a clock. There is also another bus that runs Counter-clockwise. This particular one stops running early – sometimes it stops at 1pm on weekends and 4pm on weekdays.

Taking the Clockwise bus is easy. Buy a ticket with CASH ONLY when you board. A round-trip tickets costs $8 for adults, and $5 for one way tickets. It is $4 for children round-trip.

You can also purchase a day pass for $18, which really makes it worth it if you want to make multiple stops. The bus drivers are all very nice and know exactly where you are headed so don’t be afraid to ask them if you’re not sure!


A different way to experience Rarotonga is by renting a bike.

It is cheaper than the bus if you want to stop at many places – I rented a bike for $12 for the entire day! That is from 8am until 6pm.

I rode the bike from within Aroa Beach east along the coast to Muri Beach.

It took me longer than I thought, as I went much slower than a bus.

However, it was great because I could stop and go at my own pleasure. I popped into stores, I stopped for beverages, I saw so many beaches.

Many people cycle in Rarotonga therefore leaving a bike on the side is no big deal.

Just chain it like everyone else, because you never know!

Some parts of southern Rarotonga seemed hilly to me. I also brought a backpack which weighed almost lbs after carrying my beach towel in it, my drone, sunscreen, and liquids to stay hydrated.

My bike ride would have been easier if I did not have all those belongings, but at the same time it was a great workout.

Which would you choose – bus or bike?