Ravishing Rarotonga

In love with the Pacific's lesser known paradise.

Words: Lee Tulloch, Photography: Tony Amos
the lagoon
main road (Ara Tapu)
best fish sandwich in the world
the mountain
flowers and fish
more flowers and some fish CafeTahiti
pearls at Bergman and Sons, locals
Titikaveka Church
Queen Emma Pirangi
flame trees, Brother Love
home
private cemetery, shrine
cemetery at Avarua Church
sewing - ti vai vai
progressive dinner
Danny and his grandchildren
Pa
in the jungle with Pa
Avarua harbour, Ara Tapu
Vaka
Tav prints, Vaka
Te Manava Villas, Little Polynesian
Te Vakaroa Villas
Ika Mata at Tamarind House
transport and communication
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We are completely besotted by the beautiful Cook Islands,which are something of an insider’s secret compared to popular Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii. Although the group of fifteen islands sits in the middle of two million square miles of ocean, direct flights from Sydney, Los Angeles and other points now make the ‘Cooks’ more accessible than ever. We hang out with the locals on Rarotonga, the nation’s island capital, check out the best accommodation, devour fresh mahi-mahi sandwiches and learn that island living can be as simple and blissful as you wish it to be.

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