Aloha Mana


THE BEACH - We have a very lovely lagoon right in front of the house – great for long morning and evening walks along the seashore and ideal swimming and snorkeling.  There is a selection of snorkel gear and reef shoes under the front deck punee and a refreshing outside shower for after your swim.

SNORKELLING/DIVING - A popular snorkel location on the island as advertised to tourists is about 2.5 kms to the left towards Muri, across from the ‘Fruits of Rarotonga’ store.  If you are interested in scuba diving we recommend Pacific Divers (based in Muri).

KAYAKING - If you are keen to Kayak on the lagoon we suggest Adventure Hire (they also offer mountain bikes) – you can reach them at 22212.

GOLF/BOWLS - There are two half sets of golf clubs, plenty of balls and tees in the bathroom main wardrobe. Sneakers or soft sole shoes ok for the Raro Golf Club, but no singlets.  The club Tel is 20 621 if you want to check before going to play. They also have rental clubs. The Bowling Club tel 26277 also makes visitors very welcome.

WALKS - There are some very interesting inland guided walks available. If you are looking for nice walks from the Aloha Mana then either direction is pleasant. Takitimu Conservation area is close by, 2k Muri way just past the Queens Representatives House. Tel 29906 and arrange for a guide. Explore 155 hectares of upland forest; see rare birdlife and plant species.  

SUNDAY CHURCH - Enjoy the 10am Cook Islands church service 3 k’s Muri side. The service is just lovely and the singing will entrance you. Afterwards join the congregation for refreshments, sandwiches and fruit slices. Catholic and other denominations are close by.

CULTURAL SHOWS - There are many on offer at resorts on different nights of the week. The Te Vare Nui and Highland Paradise shows will come and pick you up and drop you off home.

PAMPER YOURSELF - There are numerous spas on the island, ranging from basic to super luxurious – “Rumours” is an award winner and we also recommend Te Manava.

RENTING A CAR or BIKE -We recommend Island Car and motor bike rental if you decide to rent your own transport. Their cars, bikes, scooters and rates are good. Email if you want to book in advance: Visitors (over 16) from Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, UK and the EU can now drive in the Cook Islands for up to six months using their full overseas license.
If a visitor wants to ride a scooter or motorbike in the Cook Islands and is not licensed to do so at home, he or she will still have to obtain a Cook Islands Driving License - this involves a theory and practical test at the Police Headquarters in Avarua.

GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND - The clockwise bus passes by the house at about 22 minutes past the hour, the anti-clockwise bus passes the house at about 50 minutes past the hour. Stand on the roadside and flag it down. It takes around forty minutes by bus to reach Avarua township either way. There are a few taxis and also Tuk Tuks. We can also arrange airport transfers for you from Tiare Tours.

GROCERY SHOPPING – Wigmores Superstore is a short walk away (clockwise from Aloha Mana) with a good range of everything – particularly freshly grown fruit and vegetables. The store is open every day usually from 6am until 9pm. CITC (Cook Islands Trading Company) has a supermarket at Avarua which has a more substantial range of groceries mainly imported from New Zealand and a butcher/deli area.  Prime Meats has an excellent selection of meat and seafood and is located on St Joseph’s Rd in Avarua.

GIFT SHOPPING -  The Punanga Nui Markets on Saturday morning are a must do activity – with entertainment, plenty of craft and clothing as well as yummy local food. Island Craft in town is a good place to start for black pearls. There are some very nice art galleries around the island and duty free perfumes are available to the Beachcomber gallery.

EATING OUT - There is a huge selection of restaurants and takeaways around the Island. We highly recommend “The Mooring”,  beside the Avana Fishing Club for the best fresh fish lunch.  Jill is the Chef and husband Captain Moko catches the fish. He can also take you out fishing on charters. The location is just beyond Muri anti clockwise on the way to town. This is our very favourite eating place on the Island and number 1 rated by Trip Advisor.

The Mooring