the Cook Islands
Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is a terrific spot to either relax on a beach,
by a resort pool, tootle around at leisure, or get stuck into
some adventure activities.
you are there to have a chill-out holiday our advice is that
before you do anything else you should do an island tour to
get your bearings.
could be just hopping on the buses - it's easy as there is only
one main road and the buses go either Clockwise or Anti-clockwise
- have a Raro Safari Tour, or
another organised tour like the Island Discovery with Raro Tours.
organised tours you will get to know about the culture and history
of the islands and are well worth the money. You'll also be
able to spot places that grab your interest and you can return
you have got your bearings and are sick of lounging around the
pool until cocktail hour, then you can hire a car or scooter
for your own exploration.
helmet laws mean that everyone on a visitor's licence - and
their passengers - need to wear a motorbike helmet.
we would suggest if you do want to hire transport then you get
started earlier rather than later as the queues can be quite
long at the major resorts.
your national driver's licence with you and either go for a
one-day temporary Cook Islands licence, or go to the police
station in Avarua to get a visitor's one. For scooters you will
need to do a theory exam and skills test but you can read more
about that by going to our getting around
there is one main road around Rarotonga it is worthwhile checking
out the backroads to get a view of the island's interior and
its bush landscapes.
of the most popular events in Rarotonga is the weekly Saturday
morning Punanga Nui Market in
Avarua. This is a mix of fresh food, clothing, arts and crafts
and vegetable stalls.
get the best at this market you need to be there reasonably
early. Take your time once there and just enjoy browsing, buying
or people watching.
and diving are very popular and you can don a mask and flippers
on tours to splash about with colourful tropical fish.
did the Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruise,
which is highly recommended, and also while on Aitutaki had
a fabulous day on Aitutaki lagoon's Vaka
Lagoon Cruise in one of the most beautiful destinations
in the world. No exaggeration, just check out the photos
of Aitutaki's lagoon.
You can also Sea Scooter with Ariki Adventures, paddleboard and kayak.
addition to snorkelling you can also learn to dive, or just
scuba dive, while on Rarotonga. here are several dive schools
and plenty of diving trips available.
getting wet in warm waters doesn't appeal, then you can always
try your hand at game fishing on a charter boat. Sometimes this
can take a few days to organise numbers so if you want to land
The Big One begin to organise a trip early on in your stay.
get an idea on Cook Islands history and culture you should attend
an organised cultural experience.
went to two evenings - one at the Edgewater Resort and the other
at Highland Paradise's Drums
of Our Forefathers.
were very enjoyable shows with plenty of those amazing drums
and dancing, but Highland Paradise is a dedicated cultural show
that takes you into an old style Cook Islands village, tells
you the history of the people, has warriors in authentic costumes,
takes you to their sacred marae, feeds you a really good meal
(as does the Edgewater) and then has a drums and dance show
taking you from the earliest days to recent times.
I have to say I love Cook Islands drumming, there is something
about it that gets into my blood.
I just love the Cook Islands and that's why we now live there.