A recent guest of Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa had an amazing ‘once in a lifetime’ experience while out fishing with local Marlin Queen Fishing Charters off Rarotonga.
The keen Australian fisherman and his fellow anglers were in the process of reeling in Tuna when a Whale Shark approached their boat. The 8-10 metre shark then nudged it’s head against the outboard motor, only to return to butt the motor again, before disappearing back into the deep.
Our guest managed to get some incredible video footage of the inquisitive creature, who whale experts say was probably just being curious rather than aggressive. The Cook Island News spoke to Ali Haible, daughter of whale researcher Nan Hauser, who said whale sharks are fairly common in Rarotongan waters and are known for their curiosity.
“Humpback whales here won’t usually come up to the boat but whale sharks are pretty brave and friendly,” she said. Whale sharks live for between 70 and 100 years and the average adult is 41 feet long and weighs 21 tonnes. Haible said the enormous fish tend to hang out around the FADs (fish aggregation devices) and tuna schools.
The exciting day was topped off by one of the fishermen landing an 85kg marlin.
The Management and staff at Rumours in Rarotonga are shocked by the news that Charlotte Dawson has died, and we would like to send our heart-felt thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.
Charlotte first came to stay at Rumours a few years ago when filming/presenting a segment on a TV Travel Show on Luxury Villas in the Cook Islands, and on that occasion Rumours was the property of choice for this show. Obviously she really enjoyed her time with us as the following year she returned for a private holiday.
During these two stays we got to know Charlotte as a vibrant and enthusiastic person who was very down to earth and genuine. She took her work very seriously, but still enjoyed having a glass of wine and an informal chat, and it was during her second visit that we got to know her as a person a little more. She was just a very nice lady and will be missed all the more because of it.
Rumours Management and Staff
At Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa we strive to give our guests the best possible holiday while here on Rarotonga. A key attribute of Rumours management and staff is that we all genuinely care. We received some feedback recently which perfectly illustrates this:
We would like to thank you all for an amazing stay here at Rumours. Unfortunately nobody would adopt us, so we have to go home.
We will absolutely be back to Rarotonga and look forward to staying at Rumours again, hopefully in the next few months.
To the Cleaner and Manager, thank you for all that you have done, and thank you for the 5 star brekkie, the smoothies are the best!
Ka kite ano
Sharon and Dave
This is the sort of feedback we love to receive. We want all our guests to create magical memories in Rarotonga. Contact Us today to start planning your own special experience on one of the World’s most beautiful tropical islands.
There have been quite a few whale sightings around the island recently, some not far from Rumours. If you are not already aware, June-November is Humpback Whale Migration season for Rarotonga. The first sightings this year were at the end of May, and by the end of June there were daily sightings off Avarua and the west of the island. Most sightings have been in the mornings or evenings, but the 11am Reef Sub was lucky to get an amazing display from a male Humpback whale that sang, breached, and somersaulted for them for over an hour!
The best place on Rarotonga to spot humpback whales is along the north coast where the coral reef edge is closest to shore, and the most popular spots with good vantage viewing is Avarua Town and Black Rock on the north west coast.
It really is a spectacular sight to see these majestic creatures surfacing so close. Often you will see both mother and calf, and sometimes you may even see up to three whales surfacing together. The whales migrate from the cooler climate of Antarctica up to the warm tropical waters of the Cook Islands to give birth. They usually spend a few months here with their calves, before heading back down to the Antarctica summer.
Rarotongan resident whale expert (Whale biologist and researcher) Nan Hauser has just arrived back on the island. She will now take some ID shots from the whale breachings to identify the age and sex of the whales we are seeing.
The Whale Research Centre, located on the back road from Avarua Town, has information about the migration, news on recent sightings and a small collection of memorabilia. This is well worth a visit.
Rumours was approached last year by the NZ High Commissioner Mr. John Carter as to whether Rumours would be interested in helping this very worthwhile project. We committed a donation of a percentage of all the Waterfall Spa income over the months of November and December 2012.
We have recently transfered over the total amount to the NZ High Commmissioner for placement into the Troubled Youth Project account.
Rumours would like to thank our great spa team and all the locals who supported the Spa during these months so that the funding in the Troubled Youth account could be substantially increased. It is very encouraging to see projects like this being undertaken in the Cook Islands so that our young people can upskill and take a positive place in our community.
The beautiful tall ship Picton Castle is in Avatiu Harbour, Rarotonga for the next three weeks, and worth a visit to observe or even take a half day voyage.
The Picton Castle is registered in the Cook Islands but calls Nova Scotia home. Her main role is long distance sailing training and education, and she also delivers cargo to locations on her journeys. Before arriving in the Pacific she sailed through the Panama Canal and in total this nostalgic sailing ship has been around the globe five times.
While in the Cooks the Picton Castle will make two voyages delivering supplies to a number of the more isolated islands.
There are currently 30 crew members and up to 30 trainees and apprentices could be taken on for the next journey to the Cook’s northern group of islands. Sailing experience is not required, so if you are in need of a huge adventure or major change of scene then head down to Avatiu Harbour or visit the Picton Castle website
For those who can’t just sail away, there are opportunities for half day sailing trips out around Rarotonga.
New Zealand and Australia have seen some extreme weather over the last few months with a mix of record high temperatures and floods. Now both countries are moving into winter which could mean more extreme weather including freezing temperatures for some!
So now is the perfect time to take advantage of some amazing flight deals on offer, and book your trip to Rarotonga. Winter in Rarotonga is May to October. During the winter months our average daily temperature is about 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) but at the moment we are still around 29. This drops to around 19 degrees Celsius at night in winter (66 Fahrenheit). These are perfect temperatures to enjoy the tropical beaches during the day, and have a comfortable sleep at night.
Winter is also known as the ‘dry season’ here, so there is less chance of rain during the day – and when it does rain it usually doesn’t last long. So check out our current promotions and last minute specials
to see what amazing packages we offer. These can include transfers, complimentary meals, massages, scooter hire and tickets to an Island night show. With accommodation including private pools and lagoon views what more could a person need to relax on a tropical island holiday.
There are a number of airlines who fly direct to Rarotonga, such as Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia. Check out their websites for their winter deals, you will be amazed how cheap it can be to fly here. If you have any questions regarding our packages please contact us
. We can’t wait to see you.
We are delighted to announce that Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa in Rarotonga has again gained international recognition for its quality and service. We have won the award for the Best Resort Spa in the Cook Islands as part of the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards. In addition to this, Rumours has won three other major awards as well for 2013:
1. Best Luxury Boutique Spa
2. Best Luxury Beauty Spa
3. Best Luxury Day Spa
The global awards celebrate the spa industry’s top spas by honouring excellence and the highest standards. Travel industry experts say customers look to the awards for a sense of reassurance when choosing their next spa destination. Organisers of the awards were impressed with the high calibre of entries this year, which makes the award achieved by Rarotonga’s Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa even more of a stunning accolade.
The award winning Waterfall Spa
facility at Rumours was purpose built to make sure guests are pampered with the most modern and exclusive range of luxurious services and products. It’s the perfect place to rest and relax at the beginning of a holiday when the stresses and pressures of everyday life can seem hard to shake. Instead of taking a week to unwind and relax before really starting to enjoy their holiday, guests at Rumours can make use of the services at the Waterfall Spa to get straight into holiday mode and make the most of their time away.
Two full time spa and beauty therapists ensure that Rumours guests are always able to get the personal attention they deserve – all in a luxurious air conditioned environment with the latest and best equipment. Services on offer include the Vichy Shower
which caresses your body with seven shower jets under an invigorating waterfall. This whole body massage of this amazing technique produces the sensation of floating on water. This increases blood circulation, hydrates the skin and soothes the nervous system.
Guests at the award winning spa can also enjoy body scrubs, body masks, facials and body massages. Body scrubs use pure scents that produce soft and supple skin at the same time as soothing the mind. It is well known that massage therapy is great for health and wellbeing because of the deep relaxation it allows. Massages available at the Waterfall Spa include a warm stone body massage, relaxation massage, aromatherapy massage and neuromuscular therapy.
As well as winning the coveted World Luxury Spa Award for the Cook Islands, Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa has featured on Australasian and American television travel programmes. It’s seen as an ideal tropical getaway destination for couples wanting to celebrate romance and enjoy a holiday full of privacy and pampering. Rumours is well known for its wedding and honeymoon packages, its luxurious villas and attention to detail. The World Luxury Spa Award is the icing on the cake for our intimate destination.
Last Wednesday morning two traditional double-hull waka arrived safely at Avarua harbour on Rarotonga. The crew are on an epic 10,000 km Waka Tapu journey from Auckland in New Zealand to Rapanui (Easter Island).
Leading the expedition is master navigator Jacko Thatcher who is one of five traditional Po (master) navigators in the South Pacific. The two double-hulled canoes Te Aurere and Ngahiraka mai Tawhiti have been built in the traditional style and are navigated using star compasses and knowledge of the stars passed down through generations of Polynesian navigators.
The sailors will be enjoying a well earned break on shore and all the people of the Cook Islands are incredibly proud of them. If you are staying at Rumours, or anywhere else on Rarotonga have a look at the port in Avarua or ask at Trader Jacks and they will tell you where the two waka are moored.
Travel to the Cook Islands doesn’t have to be expensive. Many round the world tickets allow you to include Rarotonga as a stopover at no extra cost. Air New Zealand flies here from Auckland and Los Angeles so it makes a great stop between New Zealand and the USA. Air New Zealand often discount $150 or more off return flights to the Pacific Islands. It is an easy four hour flight between Auckland and the Cook Islands, and even quicker on the way back! Sydney is only six hours and from Los Angeles its nine hours.
Some travel companies also provide package deals to our Resort, just Google ‘Rumours Rarotonga package deal’ to find them. Also, visit and Like our Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa Facebook Page
as we post any travel deals we find here, and our website
is another good source of information as we have a hot deals section.We update these regularly to let you know of special packages or flights deals that become available. Air New Zealand often get an accommodation package with bonus inclusions, add the air travel content and promote it on their website as a special “Premier Holiday”.