You may think that Spring Break RARO is all about the party and you’d be right. However, Spring Break RARO is also about experiencing a new culture too. As lifelong travellers we believe that the best way to gain an understanding about a new place is just to visit!
To be fair, it’s a good idea to learn a little about each new place you visit before you go, just so you know what you’re walking into. The Cook Islands are simply delightful and there are no nasty surprises here!
So, without further ado, here are five cool things you need to know before you hit the sandy shores of Raro…
Did you know that the Cook Islands are the world’s second largest producer of Black Pearls? If you want to invest in some of these gorgeous natural gems then be sure to bring a little extra cash with you.
There are some great jewellery makers in Raro, be sure to find out the story of each piece you buy; there is always a tale to tell.
The Cook Islands use the New Zealand dollar! Super easy! Do remember to tell your bank that you’re going abroad though else they may block your card!
No need to worry about the exchange rate!
If the black pearls don’t take your fancy then perhaps you’ll want to take a traditional Tivaevae blanket home with you.
Tivaevae are beautiful handmade patchwork blankets that feature some of Raro’s impressive scenery.
They make awesome beach blankets too…we’ve lost count of how many we have in our houses! Remember that these are all handmade so don’t haggle too hard, Grandma needs her dough!
Small but Mighty!
Although there are 15 Cook Islands they are pretty darn small. Rarotonga is super small; only 32 km long! That means if you hire a moped or scooter and stick to the speed limit you can do a round-trip of the whole Island in just 45-minutes! Well worth it, the views are awesome!
Maori Mix Up
Although 90% of Islanders can read, write and speak English the native language is Cook Island Maori. For those who know a bit of Kiwi Maori you’ll see a lot of similarities between the two dialects.
How clued up to do you feel now? Did you learn something new? The next step in your Spring Break RARO cultural preparation is to get to grips with the language, take a look at the top 10 words and phrases you need to know to make friends with the locals! (LINK)