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Very pretty scenery, not much to snorkel

This is a very popular beach with locals, and always has caught my eye on our circle island drives... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jackie M
Sydney, Australia
via mobile
Safe shallow pools for the young and open ocean for the adventurous

I love Black Rock and spend several days there during every vacation. The location of this huge... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2017
Burnaby, British Columbia
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Black Rock beach is historically and culturally important to the people of Rarotonga. Facing north-west, and receiving all day sun, the lagoon area is a popular aqua-playground. The prominent black rocks serve as diving platforms into the rock pools below. Black Rock is also the home of Rarotonga's only golf course, as well as the tennis centre and beach volleyball courts.
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“jump off” (2 reviews)
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Main Road, Nikao, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very popular beach with locals, and always has caught my eye on our circle island drives. Stopped in at high tide to give it a go. Very rocky entry with lots of smashed coral. Water very shallow, coral very dead, not many...More

Thank Jackie M
Reviewed 24 November 2017

I love Black Rock and spend several days there during every vacation. The location of this huge Black Rock offers a great day for everyone. Right at the side of the road with an established pathway down to the beach, it is accessible to everyone....More

Thank Teatuanui
Reviewed 19 November 2017

With so many beaches on offer it was hard to see them all but this one was a gem. Nice location to see some fishes and paddle in the warm waters. Recommended for sure.

Thank Lsas26
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Easy parking. Great beach for swimming and snorkelling. There are toilets and an outside shower. You can swim around Black Rock when the tide is in.

Thank 206kerens
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We timed our snorkelling trip for high tide so that we'd have maximum water around the coral but it was hopeless and we quickly gave up. The lagoon is so shallow that you spend more energy on avoiding coral and trying to navigate than actually...More

Thank itamer
Reviewed 27 October 2017

we spent some time at this location looking for passing whales. on one day we managed to see a number of whales breaching just outside the reef.

Thank 155richard81
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Black rock has these fantastic fossilized coral and shells that are really interesting. Walking around Black rock is pretty easy and the lagoon is beautiful, really good snorkelling here.

Thank Rosieaus
Reviewed 22 October 2017

We were told this was one of the best places to snorkel so gave it a go, but sadly only lasted about 10 minutes due to my husband slicing his knee on coral requiring 5 stitches. Hence my advice, wear reef shoes and take care...More

Thank FoxyLoxy025
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Great swimming spot when windy ,a must do is be there when there is a in coming flight ,the planes come in just above the lagoon

Thank nigalcurrie
Reviewed 21 September 2017

This is a great place to swim/snorkel. Water is so clear and plenty of fish hiding around the rocks.

Thank mjh135
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12 August 2017|
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Response from viv_ab | Reviewed this property |
This is the kind of place where you come and get away from it all, there are no major chains, outlets, none, just simple restaurants that serve simple local food and hotels and AirBNBs again which are all independent. It is... More
Vanessa T
5 March 2017|
Response from Thomas J | Reviewed this property |
No not really