Picture-perfect beaches abound around Rarotonga. The island is surrounded by an almost uninterrupted coral reef, which makes for a lagoon with warm, calm waters. What the picture doesn't say, is that the lagoon is only waist-deep almost everywhere, and at low-tide it's impossible even to swim. It is a shame that no tourist book or guide mentions that the so-called paradise lagoon is in fact a giant puddle. Only the most naive stop-over tourists can get excited at the prospect of having this as a beach for the entire length of their stay.

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