It's tempting to drift into island time and linger poolside, but if you want to leave the lounger, Rarotonga has heaps to offer!
1 | Take in the local culture at an Island Night.
This is a great way to experience the vibrant local culture. The major hotels put on an Island Night at least once a week, with traditional song and dance and an island-style feast known as an umukai.
2 | Load up on the freshest seafood while dining out.
Book your table on the grand verandah at Tamarind House and sit back and enjoy some of the finest food on Rarotonga. The atmosphere is elegant and classically South Seas.
3 | Get involved in the night life.
Perched along the water, Trader Jack's is a the place for the young and young at heart — it can get lively on a Friday night!
4 | Follow your sweet tooth to Tikioki Beach.
Homemade jams and tropical flavoured chutneys are divine at this little shop opposite Tikioki Beach, but it’s good for smoothies, cakes and fruit juices too, and the snorkelling in the lagoon opposite the café is sensational!
5 | Score a find at Punanga Nui Market.
Head to these markets on Saturday morning for handicrafts, colourful clothing and black pearls – you’re sure to pick up a souvenir or two!
6 | Go for a splash in a hidden waterfall.
On the eastern side of the island, a dirt road leads inland to Wigmore’s Waterfall, a lovely cascade dropping into a fresh, cool swimming pool.
7 | Go for a feed at the Muri Night Markets.
The perfect spot for local eats from family-run stalls, these markets run evenings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Along with a huge variety of food choices, you’ll find plenty of free entertainment and warm Rarotongan culture.