There is plenty to see and do after dark in Rarotonga, particularly on a Friday night. One of the best ways to find out which ‘establishment’ you might like to spend more time at is to go on a good old fashioned ‘pub crawl’.
Two resorts, the Edgewater and the Rarotongan resort have these and all you have to do is book. Or you can organise your own! The night life really kicks in after 9pm, and the crawl usually starts off at the Tumumu, where “Eric the Mad” a Welshman, is particularly good at entertaining.
The Golf Club is next on the list, followed by a visit to the RSA to pick up your Tiare Maori flower. You wear it behind your right ear if married, left ear if single… is better than looking for a wedding ring on a dark night!
The largest Steinlagers on the island are served at the next stop, which is the Coco Bar, before heading off to the Fishing Club and learning first hand exactly how men can not only redefine the size of a fish, but the ocean as well with just one hand.
The Hideaway Bar is next on the tour, followed by BC where you can really get a taste for cocktails. Trader Jacks’ (see below) is next and then its finally off to the Staircase for a bit of Karaoke and a chance to dance the rest of the night away.
If you have any energy left, there is always The Rock Bar and TJ’s nightclub to really round your night off. Such local characters as Trader Jacks, a wonderful watering hole perched right on the ocean front in Avarua, where you can enjoy the most sublimely wonderful seafood meals, or simply sit and listen to the colourful locals (including Trader Jack himself) compete at the telling of very tall tales while they permanently “test” the beer to make sure it is worth drinking.
The perverse logic in that somehow makes a lot of sense when you combine the warm, sunny days, balmy evenings and laid-back great company you are getting while they teach you how to become knowledgeable ‘tasters’ as well!