10 Best Fishing Charters on Rarotonga [2023]© DH - Cook Islands Tourism
10 Best Fishing Charters on Rarotonga [2023]

10 Best Fishing Charters on Rarotonga [2024]

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The Top Fishing Tours on Rarotonga

With Pacific whoppers to reel in all year round, Rarotonga offers incredible fishing outside of the lagoon. With that, there’s no lack of fishing charters to make sure you’re equipped with high-quality gear and expert guidance to help you land a monster that you’ll be talking about for years to come! We go over some of the best in this list of fishing charters on Rarotonga.

Before you keep scrolling, make sure you open up The Ultimate Guide to Fishing in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands – your bible to fishing in Rarotonga! Also note, that most fishing charters depart from Avatiu Harbour in Avarua unless stated otherwise.

1. Akura Fishing Charters

One of the biggest fishing charter operations on Rarotonga, Akura Fishing Charters has multiple boats and therefore multiple options to curate the perfect fishing trip. Game fishing, reef fishing, bottom fishing and spearfishing are all on the cards with this fishing giant. With 12 m (40 ft) and 7.3 m (24 ft) boats on offer, the charter is perfect for larger groups, such as stag and hen dos. Half-day trips last approximately 4 to 4 hrs 30 mins or full-day excursions are available. Both include bottled water, sandwiches for lunch, a chilly bin for any drinks you want to bring on board and, of course, all of the high-quality fishing gear and bait are provided.

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2. Reelaxing Fishing Charters

Located in the Reelaxing Fishing & Tackle Shop on the Avatiu Harbour, Reelaxing Fishing Charters is an easy charter to jump onto once you arrive on the island. Their 8.5 m (28 ft) pontoon boat is comfortable enough for an epic half or full day out on the water. They specialise in deep sea fishing and night fishing with all the latest Shimano gear and safety equipment, but they’re also happy to take you our GT fishing and spearfishing if you bring your own gear. Trips are family-friendly, so you might want to add this one to the bucket list along with the 30 Things to Do on Rarotonga with Kids.

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3. Extreme Fishing Charters

Offering shared and private charters for up to six people, Extreme Fishing Charters has something for everyone. Join them for deep sea fishing at your chosen departure time or head out at night for GT fishing! Your Kiwi hosts will take you out for an awesome time on their purpose-built 9 m (30 ft) sports fishing boat with all fishing gear and bait included. Bottled water and lunch/light refreshments are also included on the trip, kept in the chilly bin to keep things fresh. Speaking of fresh, you’ll be filleted a portion of your catch to take home. There are also opportunities to jump in the water for a swim and even bring your music to make the most of the boat’s Bluetooth sound system. Trips last approximately three hours.

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4. Game Fishing Rarotonga

If you want a no-nonsense fishing charter, as the name suggests, then check out Game Fishing Rarotonga. With an impressive fleet of three boats, from a small Stabicraft ideal for solo anglers and couples wanting to give fishing a try on a private charter to a 13 m (42 ft) catamaran suited up for comfortable shared fishing charters and private groups of up to eight people. Their standard deep sea charters target marlin, tuna, mahimahi and wahoo, while those wanting to try GT fishing can on request. Spearfishing is also available if you have your own gear – check out The Complete Guide to Spearfishing in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands to learn more.

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5. Raro Fishing Charters

Join the locals and experience their contagious enthusiasm for fishing first-hand with Raro Fishing Charters. Whether it’s getting the kids hooked on a fish or something specialised like GT fishing, the team will cater a trip in their 7.5 m (25 ft) centre console-style boat. Charters, available for up to eight people, include lunch, water and a chilly bin full of ice should you want to bring your own drinks or snacks. Ask about their whale watching, ocean snorkelling and sunset tours to curate the perfect ocean escapade! Charters depart from the Avana Fishing Club and Avatiu Harbour.

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6. Wahoo Fishing Charters

Join the cheeky lads from Wahoo Fishing Charters for a fun half-day on the water catching big fish, tucking into a homecooked meal and “talking sh*t” (their words, not ours). They’ve got all the gear – Shimano is their equipment of choice – as well as all the safety gear and banter for an epic trip. All charters, whether shared or private, have two crew members on board, chilled water and a pretty decent lunch. There’s even an onboard toilet on their 9 m (30 ft) fishing boat! Half-day tours last approximately 4 hrs 30 mins. They are also one of the few that typically depart from Avana Harbour just north of Muri (but they have Avatiu Harbour departures too).

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7. Marlin Queen Fishing Charters

For a fun half or full-day deep-sea fishing, Marlin Queen Fishing Charters has you covered. There are two fishing boats on offer: “The Marlin Queen” herself which is a 7.6 m (25 ft) game fisher boat complete with game chairs, a cabin and even a flush toilet and “Strike Time” which is a much cosier 6.75 m (22 ft) boat but still has a flush toilet. Whether you’re doing a shared or private charter, the crew will provide a sandwich and bottled water, as well as part of the catch filleted for your dinner.

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8. Captain Moko’s Fishing Charters

Join a local who was brought up on the water with Captain Moko’s Fishing Charters. On Captain Moko’s 7.5 m (25 ft) pontoon, you’ll enjoy either a shared or private charter with all quality Shimano rods and reels, as well as all of the usual safety gear. The charter is ideal for deep-sea fishing and bottom fishing and is suitable for families. Captain Moko’s is also one of the very few charters departing from Muri Beach.

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9. Go Local Cook Islands

Across their array of adventure tours on Rarotonga, Go Local Cook Islands offers both deep-sea fishing charters and spearfishing tours. Jump on their boat departing the Avatiu Harbour either as a four-hour shared charter with a maximum of eight guests or a private charter with half-day and full-day options available. Of course, all of the fishing gear is provided, as well as refreshments. Alternatively, try their spearfishing experience; one of the very few in the Cook Islands with spearfishing gear provided! Spearfishing is available both in and outside of the lagoon.

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10. Adventure Cook Islands

Finally, another spearfishing option on Rarotonga is with Adventure Cook Islands. The scuba specialists also offer awesome bluewater spearfishing trips to the off-shore FADs installed around Rarotonga. These trips, however, are only for experienced spearos who can bring their own gear with the exception of weights. Tours last anywhere between 2 hrs 30 mins to 4 hours. Learn more about spearfishing in The Complete Guide to Spearfishing in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands.

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[CLOSED] Sakula Charters

Treat yourself and your group to a half-day, full-day or even multi-day fishing excursion onboard Sakula! The 16 m (53 ft) fishing boat offers ultimate comfort on the water with even enough sleeping room for up to 10 guests. But we’re here to talk about the fishing, right? You’re in good hands with an experienced crew and high-quality Shimano and Penn gear. There are shared and private options available, where a half-day trip last approximately 4 hrs 30 mins to 5 hours. Trips include lunch, bottled water and fish filleted to take back to your accommodation. Sakula Charters also offer sunset cruises and whale watching tours during the season.

More About Fishing Charters on Rarotonga

Now that you know the top fishing charters on Rarotonga, make sure you’re up to speed on the fishing seasons and other fishing locations around the Cook Islands with these guides:

Finally, discover more awesome experiences in the 101 Best Things to Do in the Cook Islands: The Ultimate List.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Cook Islands Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, a local government body representing the tourism industry. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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