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.