Surface:240 sq km
System of government: self-governing parliamentary democracy
Religion: Christian (majority of populace are members of the Cook Islands Christian Church)
Government: self-governing parliamentary democracy
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A beautiful part of the world, less touristy than places like Fiji which is part of the charm - but people expecting established, large resorts well resourced will be disappointed. We went there wanting somewhere a bit different where we could experience the culture and we loved it! We stayed at the adults only Sanctuary which is a sister resort for the Rarotongan next door so you can use their facilities. AMAZING snorkelling in the lagoon (better than Aitutaki unless you go on an island cruise). Hiring a scooter was fantastic - great way to see the island as well as jumping on either the clockwise or anti clockwise buses. We also tried scuba diving which was fantastic. Some of the activities organised through the resort and one other company were cancelled because of low numbers so...
Friendly crowd. Amazed Rarotongans stop to give you a lift into Avarua or elsewhere and the speed of the jungle telegraph so all your Raro mates know where you have been and what you done. Not same service available in Auckland, ha, ha.