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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theatre
“Experience a full on cultural experience complete with good food and performances - Also know as one of the top Islands Night Venues on the island.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“A must do on a Saturday morning. Explore of variety of seasonal local produce, variety of meals or purchase your souvenirs from here. What a great outing you can enjoy a meal while watching a local dance show”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
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“Great breakfast, lunch menu. A very popular place with the locals and tourist.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Great way to sample a variety of dishes on offer in one place. Open Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sunday from 5-9pm.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Trader Jacks is iconic in Raro. Its right on the water, and pumps almost every night. Don't go there for intimate dining but its a must do for a good feed, and/or a few drinks as the sun goes down”
  • 9 locals recommend
Market
“CITC is the largest Supermarket on the Island. I has all foods, and a bottlestore attached”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Keen for Lunch and show? Let the boys down at Koka Lagoon Cruise entertain you with local knowledge and laughter. Complete with a glass bottom boat yummy local fish for lunch.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Another cruising option it's a great way to see the marine life and views of the island from across the lagoon. Other beach facilities are also offered here”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“24HR Convenient store/Petrol Station with Bus Stop right across the road. Great for those after hours cravings.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cafe, restaurant, bar and also the place to hire snorkels, kayaks and sup paddle boards. Cheap food, live music at times. Good place to check out!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“A very popular beach side bar and great PUB GRUB at affordable prices. A local bar with sand floor, right on the waters edge - friendly service - all are welcome”
  • 9 locals recommend
Resort
“White sandy beach and a excellent snorkeling area with beautiful view of the little motus ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
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“They have a great pubcrawl bus that will pick you up and take you to a variety of bars and then drop you off. They also get a number of great bands and DJs”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“The most fresh fish you will find - hubby does the fishing and wife makes the best fish sandwiches and salads. Fresh fruit smoothies on the menu as well. A little something fresh and organic for all ages!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“Ariki is a trendy little outfit that offers a wide range of water sport activities such as kayaking, sea-scootering, kiteboarding and my favorite, swimming with turtles. Their 'shack' is a little cafe on the side of the road in Muri Beach, close to the night market. Great coffee and great staff! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“An awesome cultural experience, food and entertainment. You can organised for them to pick you up from Palm Grove and drop you back there after the show. Palm Grove is a short stroll from Papa Mauri's Place”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Trader Jacks is iconic in Raro. Its right on the water, and pumps almost every night. Don't go there for intimate dining but its a must do for a good feed, and/or a few drinks as the sun goes down”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cafe, restaurant, bar and also the place to hire snorkels, kayaks and sup paddle boards. Cheap food, live music at times. Good place to check out!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely local incredients in Pacific fusion style, at a beautiful oceanside historic building looking past the palms to the sunset over the sea. Our guests receive a discount when they dine at our sister establishment”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Always good food and music and right on the beach. An easy walk from Coral Sands”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“An awesome cultural experience, food and entertainment. You can organised for them to pick you up from Palm Grove and drop you back there after the show. Palm Grove is a short stroll from Papa Mauri's Place”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The new place on the Rarotongan dining scene that instantly skyrocketed to the Number One place for fine dining. Antipodes is a fanciful, quintessential Mediterranean Retreat overlooking The Pacific Ocean. Perched on a rainforest-clad north facing cliff at Blackrock, Rarotonga: this enchantingly elegant villa commands stunning 180-degree views over the reef and beyond, towards the endless blue horizon. The exotic, old-world architecture and sublime private surroundings are truly breath-taking. At the end of each day, bathed in the glow of picture-perfect sunsets – Antipodes is easily the most romantic location on Rarotonga, making it the perfect venue for dining, weddings and Events. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Seriously good burgers, and if you're up for the challenge ask them for the palace burger - I dare you ;)”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Seafood Board is divine with a glass of pinot gris on the beachfront verandah. Also, if theres a rugby game on, they will be showing it. Great views of sailing regattas and extensive menu to keep you coming back. iSobar beach bar has happy hour cocktails you can take down onto the beachfront tables. Try with the local island fries.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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