This dish was a favorite . The raw fish in coconut sauce (ika mata) actually ccoks in the lime and is deliciuos . I had it many times and loved it. It's on many menus and if you go to an island night ,or buffet, you'll see it there as well!
Tangaroa, the Polynesian god of the ocean and of fertility is found everywhere in the Cook Islands. In times passed the church leaders found Tangoroa to be a ....distracting , so many of the museum pieces sadly have altered.
Cook Islanders are quite religious and attending a Sunday mess is an experience! The singing is just amazing. After the service we were offered refreshments by parish people. Please do dress appropriately, long sleeves & skirts, trousers.
I saw 2 different, and by far the best were the Orama Dance Troupe. One place you can see them is at the Wednesday night Umukai Feast at the Rarotongan Beach Resort.
They were amazing! I expected something hokey and touristy, and boy, was I wrong - happily so! It was erotic and wild, as different from the Hula as Tangaroa is from a Tiki.
A lot of fuss is traditionally made over what gorgeous women there are in Polynesia. Well, yes, there are indeed lovely women there, but Darlene & I agreed, the guys in that dance troupe were not only VERY handsome, they were pretty hot dancers as well!
If you are staying at a hotel and there are the dance shows, just skip them, they are for tourist. On saturdays there is a market near the centre, near the harbor, and with all the food and shops, there are also lot's of music and dancing, which is more natural and real.
When going to town, wear shirt and shorts, bathing suits are frowned upon. Tipping is also frowned upon. When going to church be sure to dress up. Do not take pictures while church is in progress. Ask the Minister for permission. Nude/topless sun bathing is frowned upon (to bad) Be patience when dealing with the locals, they are in no hurry, but they will look after you, just not as fast as you are used to. But that's why your here, to relax, so relax take it easy and enjoy the Island way of life. THIS PICTURE: Are Renga Motel
On Atiu after the cave tour,we were invited to the Tumunu,an old traditional meeting where everyone drinks a special locally brewed drink from a wooden cup. it was run by Papa Sam and his boys! They sit around and play music and say a prayer as the cup is passed around from person to person. The europeans banned the tumunu when they arrived and Atiu is the only place it still goes on, although it is tucked out the way in the forest! Basically you feel a bit light headed after several drinks but the whole experience of socialising with the locals in the way they did hundreds of years ago is a great feeling!
Picture : Cave Swimming on Atiu
The Cook Islands use the New Zealand-Dollar as currency, but they also have their own 1,2 and 5 NZ$ coins and a 3$ note (didn't see one though in circulation).
PO Box 700, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Titikaveka, Cook Islands
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