TRAVEL / January 6, 2014

RAROTONGA – PACIFIC ISLAND PARADISE – FISH YOUR OWN SASHIMI

Rarotonga is the capital of the Cook Islands, a Polynesian Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about 9 hours flight from LA (once a week) or 3 hours from New Zealand (everyday). I was lucky enough to shoot the Moontide Swimwear campaign there and meet up with my friend Shannon who I went to school with in New Zealand (small world) who now lives there.

This gorgeous island hosts good resorts, villas, authentic local culture and food which is full of vibrancy and energy. I was born in Tonga, a different group of islands closer to Samoa, so the Polynesian culture resonates with me.

Aitutaki One of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Aitutaki – One of the most beautiful beaches in the world

It is a small airplane ride to Aiututaki- voted the 2nd most beautiful beach in the world by Conde Naste Traveller. One-foot island has pristine clear blue waters, white sand beaches and lovely Polynesian hospitality. There are resorts there that are great for a romantic escape.

Perfect blue lagoon in Aitutaki

Perfect blue lagoon in Aitutaki

Blowing the Horn Seashell

Blowing the Horn Seashell

Fresh Guava- Natures gift- this is my favorite fruit EVER

Fresh Guava- Natures gift- this is my favorite fruit EVER

Landing in Aitutaki wearing a Topshop Dress and my Longchamp Carry-all

Landing in Aitutaki wearing a Topshop Dress and my Longchamp Carry-all

View from the plane

View from the plane

Rarotongan Buffet on a boat

Rarotongan Buffet on a boat – Grilled Fish, Salad and Watermelon. YUM and fresh!

Exploring Aitutaki

Exploring Aitutaki

A Fishing Trip: We caught Tuna and had it for sashimi for dinner. There is no better food than that!

Out on the deep sea off Rarotonga, great day for fishing

Out on the deep sea off Rarotonga, great day for fishing

 

Catch of the Day in Rarotonga - Snapper and Tuna

Catch of the Day in Rarotonga – Snapper and Tuna

 

Our Captain gutting our tuna for us

Our Captain gutting our tuna for us

Go fishing! Sashimi made by our hotel from our fish we caught Go fishing! Sashimi made by our hotel from our fish we caught

I dont like cocktails but great for a photo op!

I dont like cocktails but great for a photo op!

 

Rarotongan Dance show at the Culture Centre

Rarotongan Dance show at the Culture Centre

This may not look appetizing but the bubble seaweed and Octopus Salad is delicious!

This may not look appetizing but the bubble seaweed and Octopus Salad is delicious!

Just canoeing at the Shopping centre

Just canoeing through the Shopping centre

Party with the locals

Party with the locals

Partying on a Pub Crawl Party Truck

Partying on a Pub Crawl Party Truck- goes around to every bar on the island and there is literally only 1 circular road. Very fun

SATURDAY MARKET: Live music and dancing, shopping, fresh produce and crafts in downtown Rarotonga.

Local Dancers at the Saturday Market

Local Dancers at the Saturday Market

Teresa taking in the Saturday market in a Primark Dress and Raybans

Teresa taking in the Saturday market in a Primark Dress and Burberry Sunglasses

Local Bananas, Mangos and Oranges

Local Bananas, Starfruit, Papayas and Limes

Handmade Instruments

Handmade Instruments

Trader Jacks Bar on the wharf

Trader Jacks Bar on the wharf offers views on the harbor and a fun local scene

Handmade Vakas (outrigger boats) for the Polynesian Festival

Handmade Vakas (outrigger boats) for the Polynesian Festival

NOW FOR THE FOOD:

The food in Rarotonga is surprisingly good, worldly and Polynesian-sized hearty. Love that.

Steak @ Tamarind House

Steak @ Tamarind House

Meat Lasagna @ Tamarind House

Meat Lasagna @ Tamarind House

Mahi Mahi @ Tamarind House

Mahi Mahi @ Tamarind House

Champagne @ Tamarind House

Champagne @ Tamarind House

Fruit Punch Rum Cocktail @ Tamarind House

Fruit Punch Rum Cocktail @ Tamarind House

Braised Pork Belly @ Flame Tree Restaurant Rarotonga Coconut fed local pork, slow cooked on the bone. Served on roasted potato wedges with chorizo and chilli ragout.

Braised Pork Belly @ Flame Tree Restaurant Rarotonga
Coconut fed local pork, slow cooked on the bone. Served on roasted potato wedges with chorizo and chilli ragout.

 

Grilled New Zealand Lamb Rack @ Flame Tree Restaurant Rarotonga VERY Generous and delicious. Oven baked NZ lamb rack with potato au gratin, roast vegetables, and finished with fresh mint sauce.

Grilled New Zealand Lamb Rack @ Flame Tree Restaurant Rarotonga
VERY Generous and delicious. Oven baked NZ lamb rack with potato au gratin, roast vegetables, and finished with fresh mint sauce.

Green Papaya Salad and Ika Mata Raw Fish Appetizers @ Flame Tree Restaurant Rarotonga

Green Papaya Salad and Ika Mata Raw Fish Appetizers @ Flame Tree Restaurant Rarotonga

raders Seafood Catch for Two @ Trader Jack’s Delicious and HUGE. Could feed 4 people. Prawns, calamari, smoked marlin, Ika Mata, sashimi, Papi Papi (Slipper Lobster), or crayfish, grilled game fish, steamed mussels & oysters), served with dipping sauces, fries & garden greens.

raders Seafood Catch for Two @ Trader Jack’s
Delicious and HUGE. Could feed 4 people. Prawns, calamari, smoked marlin, Ika Mata, sashimi, Papi Papi (Slipper Lobster), or crayfish, grilled game fish, steamed mussels & oysters), served with dipping sauces, fries & garden greens.

Oysters @ Trader Jack’s

Oysters @ Trader Jack’s

Calamari Strips @ Trader Jack’s Crumbed with lime & tartar sauce

Calamari Strips @ Trader Jack’s
Crumbed with lime & tartar sauce

Rarotonga is the capital of the Cook Islands, a Polynesian Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about 9 hours flight from LA (once a week) or 3 hours from New Zealand (everyday). I was lucky enough to shoot the Moontide Swimwear campaign there and meet up with my friend Shannon who I went […]





COMMENTS
Shannon Saunders
Feb 18, 2014

Great read Teresa. Fabulous to see Rarotonga out there! I am actually heading to Flame Tree for dinner tonight with a group of girlfriends… yum!

    Teresa Moore
    Feb 18, 2014

    Glad you like it! Was such a great trip! You are so lucky to live in such a pretty place.

Mareko Boyd
Feb 19, 2014

Great article on Rarotonga aitutaki and the Cook Islands thanks Teresa and it was great to meet and spend time with you Mxx

Sheryn
Feb 19, 2014

I am a friend of Shannon’s and I must say your blog is amazing and as a frequent traveller to this beautiful place, your page just confirms why it is time to book flights back again. Thank you and good luck

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