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The weather in Rarotonga
Check out the climate diagram for Rarotonga. In February maximum temperatures go higher than 30°. No heat wave is expected in July, where minimum average temperatures usally hit a 20° low. The rainiest month is February while the driest month is October.
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On Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands, paradise awaits. Relax at the idyllic beach houses and bungalows while you enjoy Rarotonga's peaceful pace of life.
Fresh seafood and local markets
As the island is surrounded by the sea, it's no surprise Rarotonga is renowned for its freshly caught seafood. Local favourites such as iki mata (raw fish) and mahi-mahi, are must tries. Umu kai, a local delicacy cooked in a traditional earth oven, is widely available and also worth sampling.
The Rarotongan gastronomy scene comprises a multitude of dining options, with many restaurants serving gourmet burgers, pizzas, and fish sandwiches. You'll find plenty of beachfront restaurants on Rarotonga, such as Vaima in Vaimaanga, where you can dine while gazing out over the ocean.
Markets are another great way to sample Rarotongan cuisine and offer a change of culinary scenery. The Punanga Nui Market in Avarua and the Muri Night Market, which both feature indigenous foods and fresh fruits and vegetables, offer the opportunity to mingle with locals.
Unique island culture
Witness Rarotongans' and native Cook Islanders' unique, untouched culture through the island group's many tours and events. During Island Nights, held on several islands, locals share the area's history and culture and invite visitors to participate in local dances. Join village tours to learn about local traditions and tribal life.
Rarotonga also features a variety of museums and art galleries. The National Museum and Library in Avarua focuses on the ancient history and culture of ancient Rarotonga. For a fun, family-friendly outing, head to the Whale and Wildlife Centre in Nikao to learn about Rarotongan history, whales, and the surrounding ocean environment. You could also check out Rarotonga's fascinating artistic culture. Visit the Beachcomber Art Gallery or The Art Gallery in Arorangi to view the works of leading local artists, many of which are also available for purchase.
Rarotonga: A nature lover's dream
The island paradise provides myriad opportunities to explore unbelievable natural landscapes. From peaceful lagoons and beautiful coral reefs to mountains and waterfalls, Rarotonga has everything for the nature lover. Visitors can catch some rays, go swimming, and partake in watersports at Muri Beach and Muri Lagoon. To see rare birds, plants, and animals, visit Rarotonga's Takitumu Conservation Area.
It's easy to access the other Cook Islands from Raratonga. Atiu, which can be reached by a short plane ride, boasts incredible rainforests and a tiny population. Go on a nature tour and visit the island's makatea (fossilized coral cliffs). The Anatakitaki Kopeka Bird Caves, another Cook Island treat, are home to the kopeka, a species found nowhere else in the world.
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