Cook Islands Wildlife Centre, Rarotonga

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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 Rarotonga trip itinerary using our Rarotonga trip itinerary planner .
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  • 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 »
  • Really enjoyed this small but interesting museum. Great that you can pick things up and have a good look. Found the staff very helpful and enjoyed a good cup of coffee here.  more »
  • A good place to go if you want to see the infamous coconut crab. There is food and great coffee as you enter and staff are very friendly. Very informative with displays that you can touch and pick up,...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Small but informative with a number of interactive displays (physical ). Nice cafe on site.
  • Great place where kids are allowed to touch and explore. Small but packed with things to see and hands-on activities.

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Since pristine white beaches and turquoise lagoons are never far away in Rarotonga, where you stay depends entirely on how much you want to spend. The hotels and resorts tend to cluster around the most scenic beaches and lagoons. At the higher end, luxury resorts offer pampering comfort, but often share their beaches with much more affordable accommodations. If you want to explore a certain part of the island, look for lodgings nearby: although the buses are extremely convenient, they tend to meander at a very slow pace.
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