Cook Islands Wildlife Centre, Rarotonga

Get up close and personal with island marine life at Cook Islands Wildlife Centre. Explore displays featuring fascinating creatures like whales, sharks, turtles, and more. Find out what shark skin feels like to the touch, listen to haunting whale songs, and play peek-a-boo with small hermit crabs. Live tropical fish, eels, prawns, and huge coconut crabs occupy a few of the center's aquariums. Don't leave before watching an educational film about whales and the coservation work in which the center continues to take part. Add Cook Islands Wildlife Centre and other attractions to your Avarua trip itinerary using our Avarua trip itinerary planner .
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  • We came here on our last full day. Spent a good amount of time looking around, it might be a small building but there is so much interesting stuff packed in there. We also got to see the fish being fe...  more »
  • Lots of history, lots of interesting facts, heaps of artefacts to see, could spend hours looking around. Staff were friendly and helpful.  more »
  • Enjoyed a recent visit to this lovely little whale and wildlife centre. The entrance fee is $12 for adults. It is open from 10am-4pm from Sunday to Friday. It is educational and provides some very int...  more »
  • Closed. Apparently neither Google maps, nor TripAdvisor indicate yet that this place is closed. Even Google maps still lists what may have been the hours when it used to be open. Not fun to get there after a bus trip to Avarua and then walking with children in the pouring rain, past a couple of barking dogs that got too close for comfort, just to find out that it is closed. I checked again their Facebook page and only if you scroll down far enough you would see a posting about being closed.
  • They do so much to help sealife on the Islands , and research. A wonderful place to visit
  • Situated on the Back Road of town, it was worth going too. It was near lunchtime when we arrived, so we tried their toasted sandwiches and a nice cold drink before entering. We were pleasantly surprised with the amount on display. There were sections on Nan Hauser, who is a Whale Biologist and Principal Investigator of the Cook Islands Whale research project, Whale Conservation, Whale Hunting. I enjoyed reading about the pioneering work Jacques Cousteau undertook with his work in creating the SCUBA. There are also items that have been brought up for the various shipwrecks that have perished over time including the visible SS Maitai which sits on a sandbank in the lagoon opposite town. There are displays on the different species sharks, whales, of course, shellfish, and turtles. For those that are brave enough there is a tank to touch some of the local sea creatures. We spent ages in there and did not read everything. A must do !!!! I'll be back on next trip!
  • The café attendant was extremely rude and bossy. I placed 2 clean nappies I had accidentally ripped in her bin and she lost the plot, started yelling was very abrupt and bossy. If only she possessed simple manners and customer service skills. Everywhere else in Rarotonga was pleasant and polite. The building and car park were also very run down. A definite sour experience. If you want people to spend money at your establishment, learn to speak nicely to people.
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