Weekend Recap. #3. Easter in Rarotonga

18 – 21 April 2014

For Easter, my family and I travelled to Rarotonga for a much-needed, but short break away from Auckland.

We stayed at Muri Beachcomber, a self-contained accommodation at Muri Beach where the our ocean view room is only a few steps away from the crystal clear water and delicate sand. We spent the first day exploring Muri, chilling on lounge chairs and enjoying a delicious feast at Sandals and Barefoot located inside the Pacific Resort.

Day Two (Easter Saturday), we woke up nice and early to go to the Punanga Nui Market at their town center to experience their weekly local market. Stalls selling local cuisine, chilled coconut, fresh fish and souvenirs were full of people and we stopped for some grilled fish, ika mata, freshly baked pastries and a refreshing coconut.

Our day continued with a scuba diving trip with Pacific Divers at Muri. Our lovely instructor, Erica, who was originally from Florida, took us out to the lagoon for an hour dive where we saw schools of different fishes and giant clams on the reef bed. . We finished our day with a meal at Sails Restaurant where we dined and enjoyed the stunning sunset.

On our last full day at Rarotonga, we decided to join Kako Lagoon Reef Tour where the lovely crew took us out to the Marine Reserve and we enjoyed a refreshing snorkel and then to a nearby island for a barbecue feast. The crew was courteous and funny, my family and I had a great time watching the coconut tree climbing, husking demonstration and the crab racing.

We didn’t get up to much on our last day in Rarotonga as we had an early flight back to Auckland. We couldn’t have asked for better weather during our stay in Easter. We were blessed with lots of sun without too much humidity and we all came back with a healthy tan. The people in Rarotonga were very friendly and despite having many shops and eateries closed for Easter, we kept ourselves very entertained. If you are thinking of travelling to Rarotonga, I highly recommend staying at Muri Beach because it is conveniently located as well as taking part in the entertaining Koka Lagoon Cruise.

Holidays are never long enough. What did you get up to for Easter?

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