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Te Maeva Nui 2018—A Celebration of Culture

Those of you who follow us will know about our annual pilgrimage to our little piece of paradise, the Cook Islands, where we’ve been going almost every year for the past 18 years. In that time we’ve made some great friendships with the lovely people from the islands, and the following photos are from one such person—Ronnie Si’ulepa, a great guy and a brilliant photographer—so we thought he deserved a mention.

TMN 2018 7Te Maeva Nui is an annual event throughout the islands that celebrates and commemorates the Cook Island Maori culture and heritage. This event is held on the capital of Rarotonga during the first week in August every year; celebrating the 4 August birthday of the Cook Islands as an independent nation, and draws visitors from all the outer islands and around the world. The celebrations include parades, song and dance festivals and competitions, music and drumming, arts and crafts, and food!


Check out some of the terrific images from Te Maeva Nui 2018—photos by Ronnie Si’ulepa.


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And, on the subject of food … here’s something to tempt your appetite from cafés and restaurants on Rarotonga. Will we see you there next year?

FOTB Seared Tuna

FOTB Seared Tuna and crumbed Mahi Mahi – photo by LFW

Smoked Marlin hash 2

Smoked Marlin Hash – photo by LFW

Chicken and mango salad

Chicken and Mango Salad – photo by LFW

Tropical Sunrise

Tropical Sunrise may sound like a cocktail—come to think of it, it probably is—but this is about actual tropical sunrises on the gorgeous tropical island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Here are a few shots for you to enjoy. Meitaki Ma’ata!

Sunrise on the reef and a calm lagoon

Sunrise on the reef and a still lagoon

Waking early one morning on our recent visit, I happened to glance out of the window overlooking the lagoon and saw a very pretty sunrise. Toying with the idea of going back to bed—it was 6.30am after all, and I was on holiday—it then occurred to me that I should be a bit pro-active and take the shot. Even though it probably meant I’d then have to rise at 6.30am every day to take similar shot.

Sunrise over the reef and Koromiri Motu

Sunrise over the reef and Koromiri Motu

While I can’t admit to rising at 6.30am every day, when I did, I did so to some great sunrises, and when I was somewhat tardy and up an hour later, I still managed to get a deserted beach, calm lagoon, and peaceful stillness.

Looking towards Koromiti Motu

Early morning deserted beach looking towards Koromiri Motu

Storm clouds gathering at dawn

Storm clouds gathering at dawn


Taakoka Motu

Early morning looking towards Taakoka Motu

Early morning paddle boarders with Koromiri Motu on the left

Early morning paddle boarders with Koromiri Motu on the left

And finally, my favourite … sunrise on the water.

Sunrise on the water - Muri Lagoon

Sunrise on the water – Muri Lagoon

And now, for those of you reading this who thought it was a cocktail … here’s the recipe!

Tropical sunrise


Tropical Sunrise

2 shots dark rum

1 shot triple sec

2 shots orange juice

2 shots pineapple juice

½ shop grenadine

cocktail decoration

Half-fill a tall glass with crushed ice. Add rum, triple sec, orange and pineapple juice and stir. Add grenadine and top with cherry and/or other cocktail decoration. Cheers!

Images by LFW

Rarotonga—Just a little touch of Paradise


I’ve been visiting Rarotonga every year for the past 15 years or so and apart from the beautiful beaches and lagoon, the never-ending sunshine and tropical beauty, and the friendly people, there are also great places to stay. You can choose from luxury resorts, bungalows on the beach, family resorts, holiday rental homes, backpacker dorms, and beach houses and apartments. Earlier this year I explored the luxury end of accommodation and was fortunate enough to visit four top-end resorts on the island. Check them out for your little touch of Pacific paradise!

Rumours luxury spa

Rumours waterfall plunge pool

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