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    The largest, most populated and most visited of the Cook Islands group, "Raro" (is it's known to the locals) is a stress free zone. This could be the classic Pacific Island paradise many expect: sandy beaches, warm weather all year round, excellent scuba, protected lagoons for snorkeling and lush inland areas that provide a spectacular backdrop to the sandy, palm tree lined fringes.

    Hiring a scooter is the most popular way to get around: Licences are easy to obtain ($20 for 1 year, and they make an excellent souvenir) and the entire Island is encompassed by a 32km road that can be covered relatively quickly. 40km is the nominal speed limit for those who don't wear a helmet (most don't) and given Raro runs on "Island time" there's no need to rush anyway.

    Locals insist it's the best island in the Pacific and many visiters will find it hard to disagree. It also acts as the seat of government and as a hub for travel to the other Cook Islands. So grab your swimwear and choose your place to stay: the South East is popular among the backpacking crew, while the West side is popular amongst couple for the spectacular sunsets. You will not be disappointed.
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        The Cook Islands seem to inhabit half the South Pacific. They're so spread out that the casual visitor is extremely unlikely to visit more than a couple of the fifteen, but when you've made your pick, you'll find they all offer their own brand of tropical paradise. Throw in aging, little-influenced cultures and the kind of outlook that makes you wish you weren't born into modernity and you've got a rare destination well worth writing home about. If you can find the energy to pick up a pen, that is.

        Most visitors land on Rarotonga, which is neatly sandwiched between near impenetrable jungle and typically picture-postcard turquoise seas. Dance the night away in an ecstatic haze of tribal culture, soaking up the beat of tribal drums after a sumptuous Umukai feast, explore the sweet-smelling rain-forests or take a glimpse into the expanses of the deep blue from the deck of a glass-bottomed boat, spine tingling as oversized fish flick against the glass.

        While Rarotonga’s blissful in it’s own right, to feel like you’ve really ‘just been washed up’ you’re going to have to hit the smaller islands. In Aitutaki you’ll be greeted by an underwater garden full of unfeasible hefty clams and rainbow fish, all tucked just under the surface of a colorful lagoon widely commended as one of the South Pacific’s most brilliant sites. On shore there are enough beaches to share that you might just find your own, and exploring the backstreets reveals coral-walled churches and ancient tribal meeting spots.

        Atiu’s set of deep underground caves and soggy swamps draw in the nature lovers, while the spooky burial grounds give visitors a sinister taste of Polynesian culture and the potent coffee grown at the local plantations makes a perfect Sunday morning hangover cure. If you have plenty of time to kill, the black pearl fields of far off Penrhyn and Manihiki are a serious trek to get to, but rewarding in their 'far from civilization' isolation, while for culture addicts, Mitiaro offers the best in well-preserved villages and traditional lifestyle.

        The Cook Islands are the kind of location where time passes all too quickly, and it’s easy to find yourself stepping back on the plane with the taste of your last Mojito still lingering at the back of your throat, and this south pacific paradise already a fading memory. It’s invariably divine, but try not to get tied to just one beach.
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      Graphic showing average weather in Rarotonga in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 25.8 265.2 78.4 104.4
      Feb 26 242.7 78.8 95.6
      Mar 25.7 282.7 78.3 111.3
      Apr 24.9 195.8 76.8 77.1
      May 23.4 169.2 74.1 66.6
      Jun 22.3 117.2 72.1 46.1
      Jul 21.7 115.1 71.1 45.3
      Aug 21.6 148.2 70.9 58.3
      Sep 22.1 125 71.8 49.2
      Oct 22.9 132.5 73.2 52.2
      Nov 23.8 158.3 74.8 62.3
      Dec 24.8 232.1 76.6 91.4

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        • What a beautiful place. Crystal clear water set against a lush green mountain in the middle of the ocean! Lovely people, incredible scenery, heaps to do and loads of places to check out. Recommend hiring a vehicle to go exploring and experience the island outside the place you’re staying. Will definitely return: hopefully sooner rather than later!
        • Better than Hawaii, locals are amazing. Expat from NZ are awesome. Lots of things to do on a small island in the ocean.
        • If you're looking for an exotic island that offers all that the term 'pacific island' can offer then Rarotonga is the place for you. The scenery, vegetation and beaches are stunning and, best of all, the people are lovely. Many highlights to share but to summarise: 1. If you're fit and adventurous don't skip the opportunity to walk the cross island track. 2. If you're contemplating hiring a car, having a car on Saturday and Sunday will make your life easier as there's limited public transportation on these days 3. Snorkel, snorkel, snorkel.
        • Nice quiet island with lots of music and smiley faces. I'd recommended going. The foods really nice at the local markets. The crayfish dish at the castaway was really delish. The scooters are a hoot. The resorts are beautiful. Amen to Rarotonga
        • This year we visited Rarotonga for the first time this year during the month of June which was absolutely awesome. The Temp was between 25-27 degrees. When travelling to Rarotonga you dont need to bring food as their supermarkets are well priced. Don't buy duty free until you get to Rarotonga as it is way cheaper. The people / workers at the resorts are paid very low wages ie $7 a hour, so tipping them after room service is a great way to top them up and appreciation as well. We gifted our front desk admin our duty free bottles and cigarettes. When going around the island look out for little shops outside the local homes as this is there only source of income and they have no benefit system except the pension. Definitely going back next year. See You Soon

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