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Home >> Pacific >> Cook Islands >> Rarotonga
 

We visited a very rained out Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands. We were there during the Maeva Nui.

Welcome to the Cook Islands.  The airport is small but comfortable. Obligatory ukulele player Before we headed to rainy Aitutaki, we got to see Rarotonga in the sun for about half an hour. On the way to Aitutaki. Rarotonga from the air. We were there for the very rained out Maeva Nui Festival.   Here are the floats - literally. They were supposed to use those canoes for the canoe race, but it was cancelled. We also went to The Cook Islands Cultural Village, which was a complete waste of time. There was a lot of lecturing, and not very many demonstrations, or anything interesting. We couldn't do much on Rarotonga since it was pouring so hard.  On the final day there, it cleared up a little.  Here is the beach outside our hotel. We stayed at the Rarotonga Backpackers at the Beachside.  The room was absolutely beautiful, with an amazing view.  We only paid $80 US per night. From behind our room. Rarotonga Backpackers Beachside.  It was as close to boutique as backpackers gets. A very complete kitchen, with everything you could need.  There was even a grill/barbecue on the balcony. View from our balcony at Rarotonga Backpackers. We ate at Te Vaima.  Despite it being the highest recommended restaurant in Rarotonga, it was terrible. At the airport on the way back home, soggy and sad that we spent one week in the Cooks without seeing the sun.  So much for the dry season.