Cook Islands Local Customs

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Cook Islands Local Customs

  • Go to the Church on Sunday

    Cook Islands are in the so called Bible Belt, and on Sundays you have to go to church, which is almost compulsory and a good experience to observe the local customs, because people are very believers and even the cars stop during the religious service.After the Mass service you will be offered to drink tea or coffee.

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  • ika mata

    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!

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  • Polynesian god of the ocean and of...

    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.

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  • Cook Islands Christian Church

    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.

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  • Money

    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).

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  • The most energetic dancers I've ever...

    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.

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  • The Ideal Cabana Boyz

    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!

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  • If you are staying at a hotel...

    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.

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  • On Atiu after the cave tour,we...

    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...

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Cook Islands Hotels

  • The Sunset Resort

    Arorangi 123, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Etu Moana

    This place is amazing! The service is top notch. The resort is very nice. We were greeted by...

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  • Sea Change Villas

    Main Road, Rarotonga, Titikaveka, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Ara Moana Bungalows Hotel

    Ivirua, Mangaia, CK

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Raina Lagoon Villas

    Po Box 72, Avarua, 682, CK

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Pacific Resort Aitutaki

    Amuri , PO Box 90, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Manuia Beach Boutique Hotel

    PO Box 700, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Aitutaki Beach Villas

    Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Makayla Palms

    Titikaveka, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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