Mama Ru’s Rarotonga Beach Bungalows are a short 13 KM from Avarua, the capital of the Cook Islands. As the entire island has a 20 mile circumference, and the total area is only 26 square miles, nothing is very far away.
Now that you have found your rental, you may be looking for some activities to fill out your vacation plans. Here are some local attractions:
Dining out? Rarotonga’s Waterline Restaurant Mama Ru’s Recommended; we love the Waterline!
Diving in the Cook Islands? Dive Centre Rarotonga!
Meet the Official Culture here… Ministry of Cultural Development
or Meet the REAL Culture! Cook Islands Punanga Nui Cultural Market Video Tour of the Punanga Market
Browse the island on Google Maps
The beach is amazing, but so is the jungle: Cook Islands Rarotonga Adventures – Coconut Tours
10 Great Tours http://www.cook.islands-travel.com/tours/index.html
Golf Rarotonga Rarotonga Golf Club
Fishing in Rarotonga http://www.cookislands.southpacific.org/rarotonga/fishing.html
We will continue to add more links of our favorite places to visit in Rarotonga!
Or, stay in and have dinner on the front porch overlooking the reef and when you wake up grab the snorkeling gear and walk from your front step to the water for a morning swim. Relax, you are in Rarotonga!
Once you rinse off under out outdoor shower (don’t worry there is one inside too!) roam around the property. One nice thing about the tropical climate in the Cook Islands is that you can have more fresh fruit more often. We can’t guarantee that everything that will be in season when you come, but help yourself to anything that is ripe.
Here is a guide to our fruit trees:
Bananas: These are great to pick before they are ripe—just hang a bunch from the deck and watch them turn yellow, and sweet.
Mangoes: Mangoes are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. Ripe mangoes can be eaten fresh, and go well with sweeter foods like ice cream or sticky rice. Unripe mangoes can also be eaten, acting in the place of a vegetable. If the mango is cooked, pickled, or unripe, eating the skin is fine, otherwise, you will probably not want to eat the skin. In Rarotonga and the Cook Islands in general they are referred to as ‘Paw Paws’.
Coconuts: Coconut water can be a refreshing drink, and then the meat can be grated or boiled with water or milk, or used in a variety of dishes. The shells can make great temporary bowls or ashtrays as well. But be careful where you park in the Cook Islands, they also make big dents if they fall on your car or scooter.
Passionfruit: Passionfruit is often used more for its juice, which will enhance the flavor of other juices, but it can be eaten too. For sweeter fruit, allow it to sit and wrinkle for a few days, during which time the sugars will build up.
Avocadoes: Avocadoes are a staple in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands in general; you will find them on many menu items. Like bananas, avocadoes are better when they ripen off of the tree. In our relaxing environment, it would make sense to work on some regeneration for yourself. Avocadoes can make a great facial, and mixed with some coconut milk they can also great a hair mask. Then, if you would like some homemade guacamole, mash up avocadoes with some salt and lime. Speaking of which…
Lemons/Limes: Squeeze a little lime juice into a pitcher of water for a very refreshing drink, lemons are handy when you are surrounded by fresh fish, and those are just the uses that don’t involve alcohol…but, what happens in Rarotonga stays in Rarotona!?
Star fruit: Also known as carambola, starfruit is named for it’s five-pointed shape. It is very popular sliced in salads. The whole fruit is edible, and low in sugar while still being high in Vitamin C and antioxidants.
Peppers: We have red hot chilies, golden jalapenos, and red mild peppers. It’s okay to spice things up.
Noni: Many people believe that the juice has great health benefits. It has been confirmed that there is a high amount of linoleic acid in the seed oil, so this can be helpful applied topically to cuts or scrapes
Frangipani: Also known as plumeria, we have found these to be good for bee stings.
For the gardenia and hibiscus, we primarily enjoy that they are pretty, but hibiscus can make a good tea, or gardenias can make a nice boutonniere, so again, help yourself.
Wild chickens: This is one food source that is not a plant. They are speedier than you would expect, and can be quite hard to catch, and cooking them is a lot more involved than just picking up something at Wigmore’s, but it is an option. However, don’t be surprised if the locals in the Cook Islands laugh at your attempts!