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Rarotonga, known locally as Raro, is the most populated of the Cook Islands, and the primary gateway point for visitors to the Cook Islands. Despite its popularity, the island retains a laid back feel. Rarotonga is home to many beautiful beaches and interesting landscapes, including Te Mango, the highest peak on the island.
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Rarotonga would have to be my favourite destination in the south pacific. It is always beautiful weather and has the most magnificent beaches and snorkelling. Remember to take along coral shoes as this will be of use. Best restaurant in Rarotonga would be Sails on Muri side, awesome food, excellent location, cocktails to die for and quite resonably priced especially for what you recieve. The Rarotongans are the most friendliest people you are in their beautiful country so respect it. Easiest way to get round Raro is on scooters however if there is 3 or more of you it will work out cheaper to get a small lil pop top car. beware you do need a rarotonga drivers license to drive there you get them in Avarua at the police station and are around $10 nzd however this can take several hours to do so make sure you dont have anything planned that day as you can't rush Island Time.
Rarotonga and the Cook Islands must have been the most beautiful place I've been to. It's hard to get to from Euope, but so worth. Gladly, the two times I've been there the tourists haven't discovered this place that much yet. I recommend to either take the bus to get around... they circle the island in both directions every half hour and the drivers are very nice and some very handsome and flirtatious. Or you get a scooter/moped license at the police station and hire one. It's great fun to get the license! Most tourist hit Muri beach, but there's a jewel of a beach on the soutside just in the front the Raina Beach apartments. Friday night is the big night out! Everyone on the island goes out that night... My favourite place was the Staircase, a mad bar with mad beautiful people... you're never short of a partner to dance with! It'll be hard for us Westerners to keep up with their moves though! Also, the Cook Islanders are very open to gay/lesbian travellers. There are a few openly living transsexuals on the island. Very friendly these islanders and great to chat to. Enjoy!
Bug spray, bug lotion, bug anything.... sunscreen, reef or waqter shoes, flip flops and tennis shoes, hat, glasses, shorts, tank top or t-shirt, light rain coat for tropical pour days, ipod with relaxing music, chapstick, diving and snorkel gear (if you don't like to rent), sundress, sarong, one shake your booty outfit for dancing, camera, sense of adventure with a relaxed and open mind, beach bag or light weight backpack for the open air markets.
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