Top 3 Things to do in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

We recently spent 5 glorious days in Rarotonga, it was truly paradise.  On arrival at the airport we received beautiful eis of fragrant magnolias.  

Me with my Ei

Here are my top 3 island musts.

1.  Attend an Island Night show
We went to the show at the Crown Beach Hotel in Arorangi which featured the Akirata Dance Troupe.  Cook Islanders are known for their singing and dancing and the hour long show does not disappoint.

2.  Try a Raro Buggy Tour
There are several ways to explore the island.  Cars and scooters are reasonable to hire, and there is also a bus service which runs either clockwise or anti-clockwise around the island.  But this tour was the best!  Hop into a buggy for an experience like no other!

3. Muri Night Markets
The Muri Night Markets are open from 5-8pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.  The Cook Islands are beautiful islands, but being islands most things need to be imported.  While food can be brought in from New Zealand, groceries are available at the island supermarkets (Wigmore's, CITC) but will be slightly more expensive.  There are no fast food chains on Rarotonga (we had wondered why the group in front of us at Immigration had KFC specially pre-packed) and restaurants can be pricy.  The Night Markets offer a true taste of island food at reasonable prices for enormous portions.  There is a great atmostphere with music playing in the background and the aroma of BBQ in the air.


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