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Dining on Rarotonga

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Sails Restaurant

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Sails Restaurant has long enjoyed a reputation as a great place to enjoy the best Rarotonga has to offer in pacific cuisine, unparalleled lagoon views and friendly service.

Located on the white sandy beaches of Muri Lagoon their modern restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining.

A fabulous setting for special occasions, wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events and private parties.

Take a swim in the safe crystal clear waters of muri lagoon before settling down for a tasty relaxing lunch. Rent kayaks to explore the fish life before sampling their famous cocktails. Wander down for a coffee and cake and just soak up the sun, sea and service. Watch the moon rise over Koromiri island from the candle lit deck overlooking the lagoon.

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Cook Islands cuisine is dominated by local produce such as fish, exotic vegetables and tropical fruits which are used for dessert. The food and cuisine of Cook Islands uses a combination of the flavors and cooking traditions from neighboring cuisines to develop authentic Cook Islands dishes. Nowadays, as the Cook Islands has become a tourist hub, you can find a wide range of restaurants that offer the different cuisines of the world such as Italian, Chinese, Indian and more where you can eat at if you don't want to try the local dishes.

Eating out in Cook Island restaurants is highly recommended for tourists. On Rarotonga, it is easy to dine out owing to its small size, and those who are willing to experiment outside their resorts will be rewarded greatly. Trader Jack's in Avarua has some excellent food and is strategically located as well. For people looking for a drink, there are the Staircase Bar and Restaurant and Banana Court nearby. Even after 15 years, the Portofino restaurant is still popular in Avarua for its good food. You can dine here or pack your food. Lotus China has a nice garden seating and is a good place for Chinese food. However, there is a lot of noise due to the traffic and you will be greeted by the occasional rooster crowing at any time of the day! Roosters on Cook Islands seem to be oblivious to the time of day! If you are looking for an inexpensive meal, head for Mama's Cafe next to Foodland or try Aramoana Fish N' Chips by the port.