Visitors Guide L


The Cook Islanders have their own Maori language and everyone speaks English. Two phrases visitors should learn are ‘kia orana’ (may you live long) and ‘meitaki ma’ata’ (thank you very much).


Most accommodation properties will have laundry facilities but if you want to drop off and pick up (at reasonable rates) head to the Snowbird Laundry next to the Tumunu Restaurant in Arorangi.

Lawn Bowls

The Rarotonga Bowling Club is licensed and you won’t find green fees and bowls hire more reasonable ($1 for each). On Saturdays etiquette requires bowlers to wear their whites.

Leper Colony

If you take a lagoon cruise on Aitutaki you will see a motu (islet) that was once home to a leper colony. While not a tourist attraction, if you had to be isolated from the rest of society, I can’t imagine a nicer spot.


The Cook Islands library and Museum on Rarotonga also sells good cultural books. Visitors can become temporary members.

Little Polynesian

These villas (8 duplex and one on its own) are located on the curve of a lagoon at Titikaveka. It’s intimate and relaxed and children under the age of 12 are not accommodated. They all have kitchen facilities, king size beds and are tastefully decorated. The snorkelling off their beach is about the best on Rarotonga for marine life.

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