It was an icy July morning at Christchurch Airport when I produced my way to the gate to catch a flight to Rarotonga.
The quite 1st of hopefully a lot of Pacific Island getaways, I was excited and hopeful, and longing for a bit of sunshine to warm me up as we boarded the plane.
As a lifelong solo traveller, I could not assistance but notice the plane was complete of couples and households, equally excited for a tropical vacation.
Alone as usual, I sighed and sat back in my seat, settling into a new podcast for the reasonably brief flight, not bothered in the least. I was prepared for a new adventure.
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The previous handful of years have noticed a huge improve in solo female travellers and now, a lot more than any time just before, females are a lot more than most likely to book an adventure on their personal.
If you are hunting to travel solo for the 1st time outdoors New Zealand, Rarotonga is the fantastic location to begin. Reasonably protected and uncomplicated to navigate – after all it is much less than 70 square kilometres in size – here you can hone your expertise and understand some valuable life-lessons without the need of dire consequences.
Whilst absolutely everyone thinks of Rarotonga for its beautiful beaches (and rightly so), do not neglect that it also boasts a beautiful tropical jungle.
Just inland from the sea, you can practical experience waking up amongst the forest with views of the mountains at Ikurangi Eco Retreat. A location exactly where luxury and sustainability intersect, right here you can have the practical experience of glamping, waking up to birdsong and the swaying palm trees – a accurate Cook Islands view. A veritable tropical garden overlooked by the mighty Mount Ikurangi, you have all the luxuries of a fancy hotel packaged up in a 1-of-a-type way in a flash safari tent.
A single of the greatest factors I enjoy about solo travel is the chance to meet new people today. I come across it is considerably a lot easier to make pals and meet like minded travellers when I am travelling alone, than when I am with other people today. And of course, travelling solo implies you by no means have to compromise, which is fairly amazing.
Landing in a location like Rarotonga, I make certain to sign up for some group activities, each to preserve my price range down and for the opportunity to take in some adventures with new people today. Do your study and choose a handful of guided day trips or activities with locals to get to know the island as soon as you arrive. For instance, Storytellers eco-cycling tours requires you about and give you a taste for the genuine Raro you may possibly not find out on your personal.
A keen scuba diver, I was stoked for the opportunity to head out to the reefs with regional enterprise the Massive Fish Dive Centre for a day out on the water.
With crystal clear warm waters and killer visibility, I could not wait to descend and get to practical experience Rarotonga’s incredible underwater planet. Right here you can understand to dive and paddle about in the shallow lagoon ,or head additional afield like I did to the marine reserve. From a lot of rays to small reef sharks to lionfish and moray eels to tiny nudibranches, the sealife on the Cook Islands is phenomenal.
If diving is not your point, there are also a lot of snorkelling possibilities actually ideal on your doorstep.
The writer travelled to Rarotonga with the help of Cook Islands Tourism and Virgin Australia.