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The main island of the Cooks, Rarotonga, is not only a holiday destination in itself but the gateway to more far-flung isles. Not that you have to leave its sandy shores.
Sink into island time and never leave your resort, but if you want to venture out, Rarotonga has plenty to offer. Take the local bus around the island, hire a motor scooter or bike and stop at your choice of idyllic beaches, or watch the sun set over the reef.
Rarotonga is almost completely encircled by a lagoon, so water-based activities are on offer everywhere. While on land, join an island tour or tackle the cross-island trek. Don’t miss the Muri Beach night market. The market has a selection of delicious local food stalls and live music on Thursdays and Sundays, it’s the place to be. Enjoy one of the many island feasts offered at the resorts. You might get picked to show your dancing skills on stage along with the friendly locals. Practice those twirling hips!
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.
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.
Enjoy a night on the town – There’s certainly enough bars and pubs to keep you entertained in Rarotonga. And no trip to Raro is complete without at least one visit to the iconic Trader Jacks.
Perhaps the most famous meal on the island is the Mooring’s FOB Sandwich (fish on bread). The freshly caught mahimahi, lime juice, and their special aioli will have you salivating before you even get the plate. It’s also said to be the best value meal on the island. (Image: ©Cook Islands Tourism)
‘Fruits of Rarotonga’ is one of the islands permanent marine parks, with a nearby café for post snorkelling refreshments. (Image: ©Cook Islands Tourism)
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