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    bike tour on rarotonga
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  • Money matters in the Cook Islands.

    The Cook Islands is a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand. It uses New Zealand dollars as its currency, though they do have their own unique and attractively collectable $1, $2, and $5 coins. There is also a special set of $3 notes, worth keeping your eye out for!There are now plenty of ATMs around Rarotonga (2011 update)....

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  • Take it easy

    I think the best way to really enjoy Rarotonga is to take it easy . Keep your plans loose. The weather here changes with no notice. It can go from sunny and bright to cloudy and windy in minutes.....its a little island in the middle of the ocean. It's best to decide like that , what you want to do....maybe sleep in late ....and wake to the sounds...

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  • The Friday & Saturday Markets

    On Friday evenings in Avarua, the food market is held, with all sorts of fun and tempting delights. Try fresh samosas with some of the chutneys from the fruits of Rarotonga.Saturdays are the big market days, and you can get great sale prices on those lovely pareaus you've been eyeing all week, as well as handmade jewelry to go with them. Catch the...

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  • O'otu Beach, Aitutaki.

    O'otu beach is probably the best swimming beach on Aitutaki (leaving aside the beaches on the little lagoon islands). Unfortunately, you need your own transport to get there from the western side of the island, as there is no public transport on Aitutaki. A better bet would be to stay there. I saw three beachfront places to stay. Samade has new...

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  • An easy to reach viewpoint on Rarotonga.

    If you're not into the arduous cross-island hike over Rarotonga's rugged interior, you can drive to the hospital, high above the west coast and get a good panorama along that coast from the area just past the carpark.

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  • Aitutaki - a picture of paradise!

    This is a view of One Foot Island's coastline. This island (properly called Tapuaeta'i) is a popular destination for lagoon cruises. In the afternoon there can be up to five boats moored offshore and it is a little busy compared to other spots around the lagoon. However, it is very beautiful and a great swimming spot.There is a little post office...

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  • Papau Island.

    Papau Island is in the Aitutaki lagoon. It's northern beach is a little rocky and the island best serves the travller as a rest stop when kayaking around the lagoon as it is about half way between O'otu Beach on the mainland and Akaiami Island.

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  • A beach lover's paradise!

    I've already raved on about Aitutaki lagoon in other sections of my Cook Islands page. Here however is a beautiful beach that you can easily paddle to in a kayak from O'otu Beach on the mainland, if you want to escape to your own paradise for a day. The swimming is good here, but bring your own food and water and make sure you take any rubbish you...

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  • And of course a sunset cruise...

    On a lagoon near Muri resides the schooner Silent Lady, whispering of another era, pirates and adventurers, and of course Captain Cook himself.Take a sunset cruise on the Lady, and pretend you are living the lead role in the most shameless romance novel...

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  • Cross Island Trek Rarotonga

    It's quite a little challenge to do it in the heat and humidity, but the views and the dip in the waterfall are rewarding! The trek takes about 3-4 hours and it's a bit strenous. Sometimes the path is hard to find and mozzies can be quite annoying. Don't do the trek when it's raining or after rainfall as it gets very slippery.

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  • When in the Cook Islands you...

    When in the Cook Islands you must rent a scooter and travel the Island, it is the only way to see the all of the beaches and the rural areas. $10.00 Canadian you can't go wrong.You must do some snorkelling in the clear blue waters that are full of tropical fish.The picture is near the Raratonga beach resort you dont have to be a guest to enjoy the...

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  • Mozzy's and Flies - bring lots of...

    Make sure you do the cross island trek/hike and be sure togo to church on sunday ( i didn't) but I hear its really fab they sing amazingly well (Peter the German video taped it!) and lots of free food. Be sure to take time to talk with the locals, if you're into the toursity things see and Island Night Dance show and eat lots of paw-paw...

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  • Go to the Fruits of Rarotonga...

    Go to the Fruits of Rarotonga for the best snorkeling on the Island Our Son got married in the Cook Islands in Feb 2000. The people of Rarotonga made the wedding the most special time of all our lives.

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  • Rarotonga is a beautifull...

    Rarotonga is a beautifull island, with beautifull landscapes, beautifull ocean and beaches and beautifull people The people, deffenetly rate high on the scale of most friendly people in the world.

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  • see a cultural performance,...

    see a cultural performance, the best dance and drum group on the island is 'Orama' or vision in enlish!!theyre just awesome, and are actually travelling frequently worldwide to showcase their stunning performance. sunbathing at Muri Beach on one of the islands, and umm, pub crawling from RSA to-Nu Bar-CocoBar-TJ's-and the grand finale at...

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  • Snorkelling is a great pass...

    Snorkelling is a great pass time. Go to The Fruits or Black Beach. Take Capt. Tama's Lagoon Cruizes. You go for a ride in a glass bottom boat, go snorkeling, and have a BBQ at one of the Islands on Muri Beach. Rent a scooter and drive the inner circle road for a real taste of Island life. Don't forget to go to Church on Sunday. The singing is...

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  • Rarotonga is a relaxing...

    Rarotonga is a relaxing holiday away from the stresses of everyday life - it is not packed full of tourist activities and it is the simple things that are the most enjoyable like walking along the beach early in the morning or snorkelling in the calm waters enclosed within the protective reef. The thing I love best about the Cook Islands are the...

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  • you absolutely should not miss...

    you absolutely should not miss to make a tour round the island by bike and have look inside the island

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  • KimC2000's General Tip

    It took a day or two to get used to the easy going, time doesn't matter attitude of Raratonga. When we left however, we were so relaxed and happy it was hard to adapt once again!

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  • Highlight to this trip was...

    Highlight to this trip was attening a Cook Islands Catholic Church service. It was beautiful. The service was in Maori and they sang like crazy! I'll always remember picking coconuts and other fresh fruit and eating it while sitting out in the warm evening air.

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  • Rarotonga : Cross island trek,...

    Rarotonga : Cross island trek, Snorkelling the reefs, Go to an 'island night', and most importantly RELAX!Aitutaki : A lagoon cruise is a must around what has been voted the 3rd best lagoon in the world!, tour the island on a moped, climb MaungPu for a view of the whole island, Go to church!(explain later), and of course relax in a hammock!See...

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