Rarotonga is well known as a Pacific Island paradise, famed for its glorious beaches, crystal clear waters, amazing coral reef, world-class resorts and more.
Whilst many visitors come to relax in the sun on the beaches with a refreshing beverage by their side, a good number also come to Rarotonga as a fishing destination.
With its abundant marine life including marlin, yellowfin tuna, giant trevally and more, it’s a fisherman’s dream and a great place to do some game fishing for the experienced and newcomers alike.
While there are many operators on the island that offer fishing charters, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites to help you choose!
Marlin Queen Fishing Charters
For those who are dead-set on catching a big one, Marlin Queen Fishing Charters may be your first port of call as this is their speciality.
Aboard the Marlin Queen, a purpose-built deep sea fishing boat, you’ll be out beyond Avatiu Harbour in the deep water with your lures cast in no time.
Whilst marlin itself can be hard to come by and a challenge to reel in, the experienced crew will make sure you have all the gear to ensure you have the best chance.
At the very least you’ll be reeling in plenty of yellowfin tuna, mahimahi and wahoo with customers almost universally reporting significant catches.
A comfortable experience with the most trusted local crew, Marlin Queen Fishing Charters offer half day and full day fishing charters.
Akura Fishing Charters
One of the longest-serving operators on the Island, Akura Fishing Charters is a great option for experienced anglers or first-timers.
The Akura is a 40ft vessel fitted with 330 horsepower twin diesel inboards kitted with the best equipment from the likes of Shimano and Penn.
For a different sort of experience, they have a smaller, 25ft vessel named the ‘Te Manga’ where you can dabble in a bit of drop stone, reef casting and spearfishing.
At the end of the trip, they’ll fillet some of your catch so you can take it with you for a beautiful evening dinner. Not a bad way to end the day at all!
Wahoo Fishing Charters
One of the highest-rated fishing charter experiences you can have in Rarotonga is with Wahoo Fishing Charters, who if nothing else, will promise to get you hooked on fishing.
The ‘Bluefin’ 30ft purpose-built boat is their fishing vessel of choice and is perfect for catching the yellowfin tuna, mahimahi, wahoo and marlin that swim the waters.
The friendly crew create an interactive experience onboard which is partly why it’s so popular with private group charters and stag and hen dos.
These guys will also clean your catch and will recommend all the best places on the Island you can take it to and have it cooked up for a delicious meal.
Seafari Fishing Charters
Seafari Fishing Charters are an extremely professional outfit that has been doing the business since 1983.
They specialise in targeted game fishing with the likes of sailfish, mahimahi, wahoo, tuna and marlin all in their sights.
They offer half day fishing charters, 7 days a week and provide everything you need from top quality reels and lines, proven lures, full facilities, bottled water and a light lunch.
About all you’ll need to bring yourself is a hat, sunglasses, sunblock and a camera to snap your successful bounty!
Blue Water Tours
The largest outer reef fishing vessel can be found at Blue Water Tours with their spectacular 50ft catamaran.
Blue Water Tours are a multi-functional operator offering a number of different tours alongside game fishing and sport fishing. This includes whale watching and sunset cruising.
The size of the ship makes it a very stable experience and they provide all the equipment you need like bait, tackle, equipment, refreshments and more.
The boat also has 4 cabins, 2 bathrooms and a full kitchen to make the adventure both exciting and comfortable. Blue Water Tours offer both full day and half day charters.
A great fishing charter experience for your island getaway
As you can see, there are some great options for going on a fishing tour experience that will stay long in the memory. With an abundant marine life, you’re almost guaranteed a decent catch with fantastic photos to take and show your friends at home.
These charters can fill up quickly so make sure you book in advance, especially during peak season!