Tropical Escape to Rarotonga

Mon, 20/08/2012 - 2:12pm
Read Time: 1.7 mins

If you're looking for a place to relax and absorb that much needed Vitamin  D you've been missing out on, why not take a holiday to Rarotonga. With it's beautiful beaches and tropical climate, what more could you want!  Tanya Honore from our K Road store recently visited Rarotonga and shares her experiences when visiting this amazing island.

On arrival in Rarotonga there is this great sense of “it’s time to relax”. When disembarking the plane you get your first taste of the tropical warmth and smell of the flowers. When you exit through the arrivals door there is a friendly local who asks you where you are staying and points you in the right direction of your transfer’s operator. Raro Tours is one of the most popular contracted transfer companies used by the hotels, greeting you with a flower lei and a bottle of ice cold water.

Rarotonga is a destination that I would recommend for everyone. Everyone is made to feel welcome from their first steps off the plane. Couples will find seclusion, and privacy. Families are able to take advantage of the great resort “kids clubs” and parents will find endless beaches for their kids to burn their energy on. Singles have access to a myriad of activities, from deep sea fishing to quad bike riding, and can explore the exciting nightlife in town.

Prices are a bit like shopping at your local corner store if in NZ. Aitutaki is a little more expensive when it comes to items at the shops due to the extra freight required to get the goods there. Although meals out at restaurants and cafes are similar to Rarotonga.

In Rarotonga, the markets are a great place to find everything in one spot. They are on a Saturday morning in the main town of Avarua. You can find everything from fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables to hot food stalls, and souvenirs to handicrafts. There are also great performances from local groups. The two main supermarkets are in Avarua and there are two 24hrs shops. Aitutaki has several great grocery stores. Most are closed on Sunday’s, except for Neibaa on the Eastern side that is only closed on a Saturday morning. There is also a great fresh fruit and vegetable market in the main village of Arutanga that is open each morning.

The Cook Islands are suitable for everyone from couples, families and singles. Wedding groups and honeymoons are very popular there also. The Cook Island has a very relaxed feel about it. You will arrive as a visitor and leave as “a local”.

Looking for more information on Rarotonga holidays or Cheap Flights to the Pacific Islands? Contact Tanya Honore from our K Road store or a Flight Centre travel expert– 135 stores nationwide. Phone 0800 24 35 44

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