|Island Traditions & History|
|Palm Frond Weaving|
The coconut is a very important part of Cook Islands life, and our Coconut Show will tell you the many uses of it in ancient and modern society. Watch as our Coconut Master shimmies up the tree to grab Coconuts for himself. Be amazed at the skill and speed at which they can husk a coconut. Want to try to husk a coconut yourself? Learn the many uses of the coconut, not just as an important food source, but as a source for ropes, coconut cups for drinking, and the countless uses of the all-important coconut palm fronds. Sample a drink, and fancy a taste from a freshly picked coconut. Learn for yourself the importance of the coconut in daily Rarotongan society.
One of the highlights of your stay at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa will be witnessing first-hand the tremendous beauty and story-telling power of Cook Islands dance at one of our Island Nights. The skills involved in these dances are remarkable. Learn some of the steps and some of the movements of these fascinating and ancient dances. Catch your breath, as it is a lot more difficult than our talented dancers make it seem!
The use of drums in Cook Islands society has a long history. Drums were used to send messages, and along with the islands' stunning singing and world-renowned dancing, is a unique means of entertainment. Grab a drum and sit down with our friendly Activities Centre staff as they show you some tricks to produce some of the wonderful sounds and rhythms of the islands. Try to keep up with their torrid pace.
An important musical instrument in the Cook Islands, the Ukelele is actually found throughout many of the islands of the South Pacific. Its unique and beautiful sound helps accompany the pure and melodious voices singing traditional Cook Islands songs. At The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa's Activities Centre, try your hand at playing the Ukelele, and get some tips and pointers from our friendly staff. If you master the it, you should consider purchasing a ukulele of your own - a great reminder of your visit to The Rarotongan.
Island Traditions & History
The islands and people of the Cook Islands have a rich and ancient history. One way that this history was passed down from generation to generation was through verbal storytelling. At The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, we are extremely proud of our heritage and history, and want to share it with you. Sit down with a native Cook Islander, and hear some of the stories, myths, and legends of these fascinating islands.
Palm Frond Weaving
While the coconut is one of the most important items in Cook Islands daily life, the palm frond also has many important functions and uses. One of the ways Cook Islanders use palm fronds is through the art of weaving. Learn the ancient art of palm frond weaving, and make yourself a wonderful island hat!
Did you know that there are many different ways you can tie and wear a pareu? You can virtually create an entire new wardrobe with one simple pareu. Join the Activities Staff as they show you how to turn one simple piece of fabric into a multitude of fashionable outfits.
Today it’s all about balance. Striking just the right balance between much needed relaxation that your body craves, sprinkled with just enough fascinating diversions to leave your body, mind and soul feeling re-energized and re-vitalized.
Daily Activities Programme
Time and time again our guests remark on how much their holiday has been enriched by the warmth, friendliness, sense of fun and depth of local knowledge shared freely with them by our Activities Team members. And this too is often why they return, time and again, to The Rarotongan rather than stay at an isolated bach. Because here at The Rarotongan, you can enjoy one of the most extensive free activities programmes you are likely to find anywhere on Earth. It’s all laid on, right here at The Rarotongan.
Check out the Activities Blackboard (located beside the Activities Hut) or your nightly Guest Newsletter for the day’s schedule of activities, and enjoy! Open every day, from 8am to 6pm.
Everyone at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa is very proud of our Cook Islands history, our culture, our music, our dance and our people, and we’re excited to be able to share it with you as part of our Complimentary Daily Activities Programme.
Cook Islands culture continues to be something lived and breathed by the people in their every day lives. Because most Cook Islanders speak English, it is relatively easy to gain a little insight into the richness of the culture – unlike places where there is a language barrier, or where tourists are not genuinely welcomed. Our Activities Team is always willing to share their deep love and knowledge of their culture with you as our valued guest. Immerse yourself in some wonderful aspects of exotic Cook Islands culture, and by doing so, deeply enrich your vacation experience – and have a whole heap of fun doing it!
Waterfall Swimming Pool
Right beside the Activities Hut is the waterfalls swimming pool. Which is handy, as that’s also right beside Aroa Beach. And because The Rarotongan is luckily located right on the sunshine southwest coast, this means there’s sunshine all day on the freshwater pool, the beach, and the lagoon – right up until sunset that is (often a glorious, blazing island sunset). There’s plenty of comfortable pool loungers to enjoy, so grab your complimentary pool / beach towel from the Activities Hut and make yourself comfortable for another day in Paradise. After you’ve soaked up some rays, take a cool dip in the pool. Someone’s gotta do it.