Cook Islands - Something for everyone!
Being on a bit of a budget I booked myself into Club Raro for a couple of nights, then for the last half of my holiday I treated myself to a Beachfront Suite at the beautiful Sunset Resort. Club Raro, although very basic provided great value for money and was within walking distance of Avarua and local restaurants. Sunset Resort was fantastic. They have 2 salt water swimming pools, a great Bar and restaurant, clean and tidy grounds, amazing snorkelling right out in front of the resort, and some of the friendliest staff I have ever come across.
I was looking forward to a bit of snorkelling, a bit of sunbathing and a lot of cocktails and I was not disappointed. Although true to form after a couple of days of this I was craving a bit more adventure, and Rarotonga delivered just what I needed. Deciding to hire a scooter for the remainder of my holiday gave me fantastic freedom to explore the island at my leisure. Getting your Cook Island drivers licence at the local police station is half the fun!
A few of my island favourites:
- All of the resorts have snorkelling gear to either borrow or hire. The best snorkelling is outside the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa, or opposite a place called “Fruits of Rarotonga” near Muri Lagoon.
- The waterfall around the south side of the island is an excellent stop to cool down, but make sure you bring a truck load of insect repellent.
- The Jungle Buggy Adventure was a highlight of the holiday. There had not been a drop of rain the whole trip, and the morning I was to go on the buggy adventure the surface water was 10cm deep and the rain was torrential. This made the trip all the more fun, driving full speed through mud puddles waist deep, I had never laughed so hard or been so wet in my life!
- The Saturday market in Avarua is a must do. Check it out early before it gets too hot. Buy yourself a coconut and sit in the shade sipping away and watching to locals go about their weekend shopping.
- I highly recommend attending an island night. The food is incredible and the entertainment magnificent. Well worth the money spent.
Whether you are going for a relaxing get-away, a fun filled family holiday, a romantic rendezvous or an adventurous break you can’t go past the Cook Islands. There really is something for everyone.