The tropical paradise of Rarotonga
Thanks to 'SpringBreak Raro’ I was stoked to be roaming around one of the many hidden gems located in the Cook Islands, a 3 hour 45 minute flight and 23 hours behind the homeland NZ. Which is crazily confusing! Having never been to the Islands before I was blown away by this incredible place.
Rarotonga was the goods. Coconut trees, crystal clear water and island time. And when I say island time, I mean island time! Growing up in NZ you always heard of them saying ‘Island Time’ thinking like oh yea 5-10 minutes late. But I found out the true meaning with a 1.5 hour wait for a fish sandwich. You read right, without a worry in the world, the owner of The Mooring (a world famous fish shop in Raro) strolls out with these amazing fresh fish sammies that he’s caught that morning, puts them on the table and goes ‘ayyyy relax island time’!! Lucky it was the best fish sandwich i’ve ever had in my life.
This little slice of paradise is only a 40 minute scooter ride around the perimeter, with buses only going clockwise and anticlockwise. Life was so simple yet everyone was os happy! The locals only bought what they needed, not what they wanted. Life was good. Everyone walks around with a smile of their faces, says g’day and have the friendliest dogs ever come and greet you, even swimming out 500m off shore to come hang on the boat you’re partying on.. True story.
Rarotonga is quickly becoming the tropical destination next door to NZ that every Kiwi must visit. Add a touch of ‘Springbreak Raro’ and you get the perfect mix of partying and the serenity of the pacific. There are loads of activities to kill the day or perfect white sand beaches to waste the day catching rays, sipping coconuts and topping up the tans. There is even Mud Bugging through abandoned resorts (GoPros and white Nike hat completely covered in mud), snorkelling through shipwrecks in the most electric blue water I have ever swam in, and exploring the island on a little 50cc scooter with the Mrs in her bikini holding on the back. Can’t complain.
This sneaky 5 day trip has me craving for more island goodness. I will be back to discover more pure white sand beaches, drink more coconut cocktails and wait 1.5 hours for more fish sandwiches. Island time is the best time.
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